CAFFEINE IS A DRUG that I choose to ingest on a daily basis. Coffee is my chosen vehicle for said drug use. It’s delicious and, as a mother of a toddler, very necessary. My coffee bar needed a little TLC so I decided to give it a totally FREE makeover using some left over supplies I had around the basement. Here’s a before and after of the transformation:
This took me about 2 nap times or approximately 4 hours (not including paint-dry time) to complete. I started by wiping all the dust, dirt and grime from the wood. This isn’t a heavily used piece so I didn’t think it needed sanding or priming so I went straight for the paint brush.
I slapped on two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Covington Blue, which was left over after making over my son’s playroom. I also removed the towel bar from the side because it wasn’t serving a purpose. This piece was actually a wine rack in its former life and served as our bar three or four homes ago!
I also spray painted the hardware with Rust-o-leum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint that I had left over from when I gave my brass kitchen hardware a simple facelift. A fabric remnant from the playroom curtains added some interest to the open cubby area where the wine racks used to hang back in the day. Now my kitties must feel like they are in the tropics when they eat their dinners. I simply used thumb tacks and hot glue to secure the fabric to the back of the bar. I’ve used this trick before to hide cords and unsightly outlets behind an open entertainment unit. It’s one of my favorite tricks!
I gave the top of the coffee bar a little organizational update by adding a glass canister I had in storage to hold the K-cup overflow. A spritz of yellow spray paint to the canister’s lid, formerly a brushed nickel finish, added a nice pop of yellow to tie things together with my vintage Fiestaware sugar dish and “Here Comes the Sun” sign from Oh Dier, one of my favorite Etsy shops.
My favorite addition to the whole coffee bar area is this interesting set of hooks I found at T.J. Maxx. Alas, I suppose I can’t say the whole makeover was completely FREE because I did buy this. But how could I pass up gold hooks wrapped in fisherman’s twine affixed to a piece of faux driftwood? Hello, coastal casual!
As you can see, my coffee bar backs up right against the pony wall that divides my living room and kitchen. I really hate that wall because of how it fragments the space, but it does create a nice little nook for my cozy coffee bar.
In this shot you can see that the top on my dining table and the top on the coffee bar match. These pieces both came from Big Lots and, with minor upgrades, have really served us well, both functionally and stylistically, over the years! Last year, I painted the legs on the coffee table white after being inspired by a Restoration Hardware dining table that costs one zillion dollars. Now the coffee bar, with its fresh new coat of paint, fits right into my cheerful, coastal casual vibe.
And because I really can’t get enough of it, can I please mention my $5 chandelier upgrade once again?!? I just cannot get over how this simple upgrade made such a difference in the space. Check out the details on my chandelier DIY here.
Well, what do you say? Would you like to join me for a cup of Joe? Do you have a special space where you fix your morning cup? I’d love to hear all about it.