Monday, July 9, 2012

DIY Coffee Bar!

If you know me or my husband personally you know that coffee is a big, HUGE part of our lives. It's actually a little ridiculous when I think about it, but we have definitely evolved into coffee snobs. We grind our own coffee every morning, have perfected the BEST homemade iced coffee and we've even been known to cold-brew in order to get the perfect flavor. We judge a city by it's coffee and if we end up stationed in Pearl Harbor you can bet your britches (yes, I just said that) that we'll be BATHING in Kona. Ok, not really, but you get the picture.

Since coffee is such a big part of our day we've developed quite a little collection of coffee accessories. Our tiny apartment here in Charleston came equipped with a tiny kitchen counter and our coffee essentials have consumed most of the space. I've been dying to set up some sort of coffee-bar in our kitchen for the last year and I have been hunting for a very specific shelf I saw online a million years ago because I knew it would be the perfect addition to my coffee haven.

WELL, the stars aligned and my coffee bar finally came together!It turns out that my friend Jackie knew were to get the shelf I've been hunting for and she has one of her own in her kitchen! GAH! I ordered that puppy as soon as I could get to my computer and I even found a 40% off coupon for it. Ohhhh how I love a sweet deal.

Rob and I hunted around at furniture consignment shops around Charleston the day after I ordered the shelf and after a looking at few different stores we found the perfect little buffet to use for the bar. It's antique and made of light wood. We scored it for an amazing deal and then sweat our butts off as we tried to cram in in the back seat of our teeny-tiny car in the 100 degree heat. We sanded, primed and then painted it a gorgeous color --Behr Ucalyptus Leaf blue. I used my coffee bar project as an excuse to do some damage at target where I got some coordinating linens, a yellow bowl and fun platter to keep my creamer & sugar on. Pictures below!

Buffet found at a furniture consignment shop, Charleston SC
Behr Eucalyptus Leaf - Blue
New Hardware


The coffee bar now sits pretty in a perfect spot right behind our kitchen table. It's everything I wanted and I'm so excited to share it with you!


  1. Someday, when I'm all growed up, I want to be just like you <3

  2. Really nice work Meghan!

  3. So where did you get the shelf? I would love to order one.

  4. What is the name of that bar that you have the coffee mugs hanging on? Can't find anything like that anywhere!

  5. How were you able to order the shelf online?

  6. How were you able to order the shelf online?

  7. It's gorgeous but how about a linky link to that shelf?????

  8. Hi All! Sorry I've been MIA - life has been so busy and I've neglected this blog BIG time. The shelf is from Hobby Lobby! You can buy it at a local Hobby Lobby, or you can order it online. Search the web for a coupon... they are almost always offering 40% off :) Have fun and happy coffee-bar-ing!

  9. Where did you find these dish towels?? They match my living rooms lampshades and I would love to have a similar accent in both rooms!

  10. Hi Krystal! I found the dishtowels at Target this summer :)