The beauty of being a homeowner and living on your own is when you get crazy whims you can roll with them. This month’s whim? A coffee bar, at home.
I pinned a few examples other people had done to gain inspiration and then I made it my own. Every good house project should start with one good piece that the rest can build on. I found mine at a furniture consignment shop in South Tampa. Thank you Missing Piece. I love used furniture. I make the same argument for already-broken-in furniture that I do for used cars: you get a better deal and you don’t live in fear of the first dink. Sooner or later everything get a love tap – I like to remove the pressure.
The top of the piece is made from a piece of driftwood. I didn’t want to be a crazy lady who wouldn’t let any liquid near the top of a coffee bar (aka – place for drinks) so I brought it home and coated the top with a seal so that it wouldn’t be easily damaged.
The following day I recruited one of my closest friends, Jess, to go on the prowl with me hoping that when I saw the next few items I would know they were meant to be mine. When people ask me about my home decor style I can never describe it. I just always know what I want when I see it.
This picture shows more accurately the color of the piece. Isn’t it fabulous? Can you believe I found this at a consignment shop? Actually, you should. 90% of my furniture was purchased used.
It’s not finished yet but I wanted to show you what I’ve done so far. And since I hate when people pin their ideas but don’t give you any help as to where things came from here’s a little push in the right direction if you’re considering a coffee bar:
– The ‘bar’: a dresser from a consignment shop in Tampa – used.
– The hanging piece on the wall is made of distressed red metal and was purchased at Homegoods in Lutz, FL
– This piece I found at Homegoods (South Tampa) for $12 and repurposed to hold coffee syrups because, well, they’re delicious
– All of the coffee mugs were already mine. Most were gifts or from my travels.
– My french press was a gift from my brother-in-law (originally from Starbucks) and is perhaps my favorite component of the bar as it’s a constant reminder of him.
– My ‘metal’ C’s are both from TJMaxx’s (seeing a pattern here?) and were less than $10
Of course I intend to better fill that shelf at the top. But I don’t want to rush it (inspiration has to strike people) so I decided not to wait to post this until it’s complete. And really, when is anything in my house ever a done deal? I’m non-commital. I’m always changing it up.
One further recommendation – the big, deep drawers? A win for storing extras of absolutely everything without making the bar look junky. The coffee bars I found on Pinterest before my project didn’t have much storage but I’m thankful now my piece just happened to provide that. Oh and if you’re local-ish (within a short drive) of Tampa and you want me to go coffee bar shopping with you, drop me a line. I’m always in the mood for a little home decor.