Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DIY Coffee Bar

I have an obsession with coffee.  It could also be called an addiction.  An unhealthy dependency. Whatever.  Point is, in the mornings, I love drinking coffee.

Its not just about the need for caffeine by 8:30 am or my head will explode and I become a not so nice person.  Its about my waking up process.  My routine.

The sun is just rising and the house is quiet.  The birds aren't making tons of noise yet.  The water outside is peaceful.  It is my favorite time of day.  Just me on the couch, with my coffee and sometimes a dog or two, mentally prepping for the day and slowly waking up.

We bought a Keurig 3 years ago and I love it.  The only problem is, ours is one of the bigger models and takes up too much counter space in my small kitchen.  I decided to use my grandparents' dresser I refinished as a buffet and coffee bar in our dining area.

It has tons of storage for baking dishes and other pans I don't use often plus our nice utensils and coffee supplies.  The refrigerator is just opposite of the buffet so it is not a far reach to get the creamers out.

Many of you saw it in the dining room reveal  and saw the buffet but I didn't share any details yet.

Photo Credit: Ever & Anon

This is what my grandparents' dresser used to look like.

I love that I get to see and use this dresser everyday.  My grandparents' are my favorite people.  Although I lost my grandfather several years ago, I think about him and miss him everyday.  I remember this dresser being in their bedroom at the end of the hall on Adams St.  I remember my grandmother's jewelry being in the small drawers in the hutch and my grandfather's old police photo being on the shelves.  It is crazy how the mind can remember little details like that.

Here are some detailed pictures of it now as our coffee bar and storage.

The glass containers have my coffee, Blittle's coffee, green tea and sweet tea.  The fish bowl has sweetener, then we have honey for tea and cream for my coffee.  

I love the large canvas.  Jessica with Ever & Anon took family pictures of us several months ago.  She also took the amazing pictures for the kitchen and dining room reveal.  My goal was to get a picture not too posed and natural looking.  This was the winner for this spot.  If you live in the Houston/Galveston area and are getting married, engaged or need couples pictures taken, consider Ever & Anon.  I had been crazy sick, we had to reschedule due to illness and weather, and the wind was blowing 100 mph day of the shoot, and we were trying to make it work with two dogs.  On top of that, we are the most un-photogenic people ever.  She was able to capture many beautiful pictures of us.  That's talent people.  Click here to see some of the pictures.

Photo Credit: Ever & Anon

I love the blue shutters.  They are from my parents' house they lost to Hurricane Rita.  I salvaged them and they have been decor in all 3 of our homes.

Coffee cup storage.

Extra K-cup storage.

Photo Credit: Ever & Anon

Photo Credit: Ever & Anon

On Friday I am flying to New Orleans to refinish a dresser!  If you don't follow me on Instagram, please do.  Now that I have given in and started an account, I am addicted and I love it.  I don't know why I waited so long to get on there.  I plan to post lots of pictures of the project and the fun stuff we have planned this weekend.  I can't wait!

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  1. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea!!! I NEED this in my kitchen! We've got a Keurig too and there's not one single spot on my counter top to put it where I can easily open it without it bumping into the upper cabinets - this would be SUCH a PERFECT solution!!! Thanks so much for sharing this one too at Linkn' Blogs this week :)

    1. Thank you. Our Keurig would hit the upper cabinets, too. I love that everything coffee is in one location and is out of the way of the kitchen.

  2. I have been planning to create a coffee bar in our new house. Thanks for the dresser idea!

  3. You seriously have a gift here! It looks like a completely different piece when you're done with it. I want to try doing this to something in my home. Hopefully it turns out alright.

  4. I am in love with this paint treatment (and the dresser too of course). Absolutely stunning.