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:
Didn’t I tell you the spot was narrow? 🙂 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. As you might have noticed from my other chalkboard project, when in doubt, I reach for the chalkboard paint :).
Our coffee maker is the 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 🙂
We used simple wall hooks to hang identical white mugs
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.
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. The wood stain is Minwax dark walnut and the paint color is Behr Elephant Skin. The dresser is the versatile IKEA TARVA dresser.
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.
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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