DIY COFFEE BAR

Written by iheartnofo

I really love coffee.  I seriously don’t become human until I have it, and I can’t seem to go into a store without buying another coffee mug.  I had attempted to make a coffee bar for some time, which you can kind of see from the before photo, but that area slowly ended up becoming more of the junk pile than anything else.  I woke up one morning, looked at it, and decided I couldn’t bear to look at it that way one more day.  So with $25 and one afternoon, I gave myself the cutest little coffee bar I ever did see!

The table that I used is an old table that we had around the house, but if you don’t have one check out yard sales in your area.  All you need is high top table, and you can easily get one of these for $3- $5 at a tag sale.  Don’t worry about the condition of it, the older and more beat up the better! Just make sure it can stand firmly on the ground. First, you want to sand down the entire table.  For me this was the worst part because I can’t stand the sound it makes, but once you get through it the rest is easy.  After that, take a damp cloth to dust away the excess sawdust. Now you are ready to paint.  A quart of white paint cost about $7.  The trick here is just to put a little amount on the brush and make small strokes.  This way there is only a thin layer that goes onto the table so once it dries, it immediately gives it that weathered look. I’ve seen diy’ers say you can use candle wax, and other colors to create the worn wood aesthetic, but honestly, who has time for that?  This way was so easy, and you really can’t go wrong.  While this dried, I went shopping. I just got married 2 months ago, so I wanted to add some newlywed elements to make it ours.  It took a few stops but ultimately I found the gold metal “G” from Michaels for $3.99, the teal coffee container for $4.99, and a yard sale had this cute little pig that used to be the top of a container but the glass part broke. I grabbed that for 25 cents, and put it on a mason jar. Fit perfectly! (Love when that happens). The only other purchase was the mug shelving, but that was on clearance for about $9.  When I got home I just assembled everything the way I wanted it to look.  I stuffed the shelf with our Newlywed Cookbook and some greenery, added my favorite mugs, and even found a way to display my paper straws. The whole thing cost me $25.23.

BEFORE

before coffee bar

 

AFTER

DIY Coffee bar

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