Coffee is an essential part of my day, every day. So when I redid my kitchen, I wanted to create a coffee bar for me – my own pretty little caffeination station.
You don’t need a lot of space or a big piece of furniture to create a coffee bar. You just need some area to dedicate to a coffee maker and its related accoutrements.
I created a rack for coffee mugs out of reclaimed wood and old spoons.
I found a piece of reclaimed wood at the salvage area at Scott Antiques Market. The trim was already attached to it. You can find reclaimed wood at salvage yards or you can create your own by just adding layers of stain to a piece of new wood. Or you could paint a piece of wood to create the look you want.
Before attaching the spoons to the board, screw D-rings onto the back of the board so you can easily hang it. You can find D-rings at any hardware store; just make sure they can hold the weight of a few mugs and the wood.
I found the spoons at a thrift store. I wanted heavy spoons, but ones that I could still get a drill through. To make hooks out of the spoons, first, flatten the spoon with a rubber mallet. You just want it flat enough that it will be easier to drill through and sort of flush against the board for the rack. Then, while holding or clamping the bowl of the spoon down, use pliers to bend the handle of the spoon up to create the hook.
Then drill a screw through the bowl of the spoon into the wood to attach it. You’ll need a drill bit designed to go through metal to do this. Also, you should clamp the spoon onto the wood where you want it. You can hold it, but the spoon might start to spin when you start drilling into it, and that hurts. (I might have done this once…trust me on this.)
Add coffee mugs and you’re ready to brew a cuppa joe!
For extra mugs and containers for cream and sugar, add shelves above the coffee bar.
My favorite creamer is the little bluebird on the shelf. (Don’t tell the cow.) I got her for $1.99 at Goodwill about five years ago.
Coffee bars are popping up in lots of kitchens. Here’s one of my favorites, from Fixer Upper on HGTV:
You know I have a thing for chalkboard paint…and I love those reclaimed wood shelves!
How cute is this coffee bar, made from an old dresser, from Artsy Chicks Rule?
The dresser drawers provide great storage for tea, coffee, mugs, and more.
If I were a guest at Mom4Real’s house, I would love waking up to this coffee bar:
Everything you need is there, and the host can sleep in!
I hope you’re inspired to create a coffee (or tea! or hot chocolate!) bar in your home.