I have been dreaming about creating a coffee bar in my kitchen for a while now. I have seen some really pretty ones on Pinterest and then my aunt Kim has a really cool coffee bar set up in her kitchen as well. Her home is really warm and inviting and her style is a cozy blend of antiques and country with a little touch of contemporary. She put her coffee bar together with a butcher block top that she purchased from an old butcher shop in Ohio, placed on top of a dresser. The shelf above was built by her son out of old barn boards that she collected from my cousin’s barn in Ohio. I love furniture pieces with a sense of history and story and her coffee bar definitely speaks of her love of family and friends as well as her eye for finding unique treasures for her home! (Check out some more coffee bar inspo on Pinterest here, here, here and here.)
So, I had my inspiration, but I had in my mind that I wanted a coffee bar that could be incorporated into my cabinets and have a built-in feel, but still look like a piece of furniture. I thought if I could find an old antique dresser or chest of drawers, that it would serve that purpose really well. I looked for the perfect dresser for the space I had for months and months. I always try to keep a piece of paper in my purse that has measurements for specific spaces, along with a small tape measure. You never know when you might come across the right piece when you’re out antiquing/junking, so it helps to know exactly what size you need. The good thing was that I didn’t have to rush it, because I had a bookshelf in that spot holding my cookbooks and my Kitchen Aid mixer. Remember, two keys to frugality are time and patience!
One day my husband and I were shopping on antique alley and we stopped by Southern Style Antiques. Mr. Larry owns that shop and is the friendliest man! So sweet! I always feel like I have been transported to New Orleans when I walk in, because the air is always filled with the sultry sounds of Jazz and the southern drawl of friendly conversation. It is an undeniably “Louisianian” atmosphere that will immediately put you at ease and make you feel at home. In the back of his store, he has a lot of really beautiful old doors. We were actually in there to buy a couple of doors to build our boys some new headboards and beds. (I will definitely have to write about those soon. They are so cool! I LOVE them!) There are also a lot of “project” pieces in that back corner and soon my eyes landed on an old dresser with some truly amazing wood working details. It was missing some pieces and the shelves were warped, but I really loved the Art Deco design typical of the 1930’s. It just needed a little restoration, a little life breathed back into it, and it would be perfect for my dream coffee bar.
Thank goodness, my husband was willing to do a little surgery on it! The top was completely missing and we had to cut off two boards from the frame on the top and the side in order to fit it to our space. That was a little scary, but I’m proud to say that we managed to cut them without completely destroying the whole thing. Ha! We found some pre-made table tops that were really reasonably priced at Lowe’s that worked perfectly for the counter top. We also had some leftover trim pieces that were just sitting on the shelf when we bought the dresser. I’m not even really sure where they were originally placed, but my husband was able to re-purpose them as a baseboard, which helped to disguise the new side piece that we added. It blends in so perfectly, you would think it was designed that way! I still haven’t figured out what to do on the wall above it. I would like to install a shelf, but for now, I just have some antique trays propped up behind my coffee maker. Again, it might take a little time to finish up those last details, but for now, I think it’s just lovely!
Check out the transformation below!
Have you ever taken on a coffee bar project? If so, we would love for you to share your project pics with us in the comments! God bless! ~Shanna