This may sound super silly to you, but this right here is a serious DREAM COME TRUE for me. I have pined after my very own coffee bar ever since I started seeing them come across my Pinterest feed a few years ago, and now I finally have one that surprisingly didn't cost a fortune to create!
My frugal/novice decorator heart is so happy with this addition to our home, and I've given all the details of how this whole thing came together without breaking the bank below (plus tons of pictures because I am so in love with the final product)!
Gah. It's just so pretty. At least I think so! It's not super fancy, but it is exactly what I had pictured in mind. And I truly thought it was going to be so expensive to re-create the aspects I loved from all the beautiful ones saved to my Pinterest boards, but it truly wasn't!
This beautiful hutch from Big Lots actually started off a deep red and has been used as a fine china hutch as well as a media console for us over the past 5 years, but using it as the base of my coffee bar is by far my favorite purpose it has held for us.
I painted this piece with these two paint brushes from Wal-Mart in the Americana Decor Chalky Paint in Everlasting (white). It took me one and a quarter of these 8 ounce containers to complete the project. I ended up doing about 3-4 coats, so it went pretty far!
I love the color and the feel of this chalky paint. I didn't sand or use a primer, but I feel like the material took the paint really well and none of that was necessary. The only precautionary thing I did do was seal the top with Americana Decor Clear Creme Wax. So many of my Instagram followers suggested doing that last part to prevent chipping and make the color last longer - thank you guys! So far, it has maintained the same pretty finish as when I originally painted it. I love the noticeable brush strokes and the way that kind of hints at a rustic theme.
I left the inside and shelves that deep red for two reasons: 1) I have red accents in my decor and I didn't want to totally phase it out, and 2) I was so eager to get to the final product so this sped up the process.
Besides being the base of my coffee bar set-up, this piece is adding extra storage to our kitchen, which is always needed. I'm housing my wine glasses, milk-glass pieces passed down from my grandma, party supplies in a basket, powdered drink mixes in a basket, my two year old's art supplies, and all the insulated lunch boxes we own in this thing. This extra space was much needed and I love that this piece is both pretty and functional!
Hutch - $219.99
Paint & primer - $29.97 (with plenty left over for other projects)
Brushes - $9.97
(By far the most expensive part of this set-up, but the priciest piece - the hutch - has lasted us 5 years already and it is still in GREAT condition, so it was money well spent!)
The top of the hutch is adorned with some super cute and fun pieces I found for great prices at all of my favorite stores.
This tiered-stand piece is one of my favorite parts of this whole coffee bar. It was pieced together over time and has some new pieces and some older ones that combine to make one seriously cute piece of decor!
This hanging shelf was a labor of love to hang up, but I am SO happy with the final product. This piece is from Hobby Lobby and I snagged it when all wood and metal decor was 50% off online. So while it was originally over $100, I got it for $59.99! It is a substantial piece with tons of fun uses - from the wire baskets to hold K-cups, the shelf on top for decor or storage, and the hanging hooks for towels or cups, it is one awesome addition to any coffee bar!
If you are wondering why it is hung off-center, let me explain: this piece is heavy. I didn't realize just how much it weighed until I hung it without finding the studs first. As I was putting things on top, it started to slowly slide off the wall. I immediately freaked out and took everything off of it to re-hang it. This created a problem with some blank space to the left that just looked awkward. I'll share a little later how I solved that dilemma!
These mugs were by far the most fun thing to shop for. I am always on the look out for cute, classic, and/or colorful mugs!
Alright, now let me tell you how I solved the dilemma created by the off-centered hanging shelf. I mentioned it left this narrow space of wall that was begging to be filled, but with what? I knew it had to be a slim piece and I wanted it to have something to do with coffee or the kitchen. My mom and I went to Hobby Lobby for a number of things, but we spent the longest looking for something to complete this set-up. We had all but given up when we ventured into the last little section of hanging decor and literally as I was saying, "I'll know it when I see it," I saw this vertical piece that not only fits the space perfectly, but has a kitchen-ish line from the Lord's Prayer. Can you say PERFECT? I grabbed it immediately and knew it was 'the one.' AND it was 50% off so it only cost $9.98!
So all in total, this coffee bar cost me about $435. Now, that number may be shocking, but if you consider how much use I've gotten out of some of these items, I'd say it was all a great deal!
I can't promise I won't rearrange some stuff or add in more as I go (that's just how I roll!), but I can say for the time being that I am so in love with this coffee bar and it is my absolute favorite part of the home. And considering how much coffee I consume and how often I will be using this set-up, I'm happy with what it took to make this dream come true!
Do you have a coffee bar? Share your links below - I would LOVE some more inspiration!