Transforming an awkward corner into the perfect Coffee Bar

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Do you have that one spot in your house that is just awkward whatever you do with it? For Min and I, it was a corner in the living room behind the staircase. We initially considered making it into a gallery wall, but it was just too narrow and too inconspicuous a spot. Yet, when we didn’t put anything in it, it made the whole area look empty. I know, it’s so weird how that happens.

Ya see, we have an open concept living area, where our kitchen, living room, dining area, and entrance is essentially one big room. It seems everybody nowadays wants this type of modern floor plan and I certainly love it; however, it makes designing and furnishing a bit of a challenge sometimes. The walls tend to be longer and not symmetrical, there is less place to define “nooks,” and smaller furniture dwarf in relation to all the open space.

After Pinterest-ing for months, we decided that a coffee bar would be the perfect way to utilize that awkward space. It would pretty up the space as well as make it a little more functional – in fact, it has become one of the most used places in my entire house (yeah, we love coffee)!

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Ta da – our lovely coffee bar:

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

Didn’t I tell you the spot was narrow? ๐Ÿ™‚ We made the most of this strip of wall by hanging wall shelves with charming brackets we found at IKEA. Also, using chalkboard paint to paint a “menu board” helped to define the space.ย As you might have noticed from my other chalkboard project, when in doubt, I reach for the chalkboard paint :).

Our coffee maker is theย Ninja coffee bar (how fitting is the name!). It has three settings for brewing coffee – classic, rich, on ice, specialty. The specialty coffee setting produces an espresso-like concentrate so you can lattes and cappuccinos. There are also settings for different volumes of coffee – single cup, tumbler, half and full carafe. Love it! Best of all, you use your own coffee grounds, unlike other single serve coffee machines like the Keurig or Nescafe. The new model with the built-in milk frother is on my wish list ๐Ÿ™‚

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

We used simple wall hooks to hang identical white mugs

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

All around my house, you will find “milk glass” pieces like the ones pictured. These are actually glass pieces that I bought for $0.99 at Goodwill and spray painted white! I love buying ones with unique shapes and textures, and thrift/donation stores always seem to have an abundance of glass pieces. Note: I always use this product when spray-painting glass.

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

I love the color combination of the wood stain and the dark gray paint as well as the oil rubbed bronze knobs. I think they go great with the cafe concept.ย The wood stain is Minwax dark walnutย and the paint color is Behr Elephant Skin. The dresser is the versatile IKEA TARVA dresser.

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

In addition to an abundance of “milk glass,” there is an abundance of artificial flowers in our house. Mainly, it’s due to my inability to keep anything alive… But also, they’re low maintenance and you can get ones that look pretty realistic at the Dollar Store.

Transforming an awkward corner into a coffee bar

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So, what do you think? If you have an awkward corner in your house, a coffee bar is a great way to use up that space!

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  1. Briana

    What a great idea Briana! Your coffee bar looks great! We have an awkward area next to our fireplace in the dining room (who puts a fireplace in the dining room?!) and I have had all kinds of things there. Maybe a coffee bar is the answer! I love your painted vases too, I have a few of those ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for sharing with us for our very first Create and Celebrate!!

    1. Briana

      Hi Susanne, thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you could place a coffee bar pretty much anywhere.. after all who doesn’t love coffee?!

  2. Briana

    This is a wonderful idea! I would like to do something like this when we move! Right now in the apartment, the Feline Overlords would see the shelves as a challenge to be conquered! Yours turned out amazing!

    1. Briana

      Hi Loren, my cat has thankfully not taken up the challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ Then again, he grew up with two big dogs so he thinks of himself as a dog LOL!

  3. Briana

    I love the coffee bar! It turned out great! I really want to do one in my house – I just need to find the perfect place for it. We also have the Ninja Coffee Bar and LOVE it! I didn’t know there was an updated version with a milk frother. Must put that on my list… Thanks for sharing!

    1. Briana

      You need to show me how the coffee bar turns out once you find the right place ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m looking forward to this year’s Black Friday for the new version, yay!

    1. Briana

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ I feel ya! We rented for 3 years before buying our current house. If you still want the chalkboard feel in your house, though, you can make it using a large picture frame! There should be a lot of those “hacks” on Pinterest.


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