Monday, March 17, 2014

Good morning sunshine! My DIY coffee bar

Well good morning sunshine! My new coffee bar is now part of my morning routine and I love it.  It sits perfectly right in my breakfast nook (another DIY project).  I can't wait to fire up my Keurig before getting ready for work each morning.  

Check it out, I'm so proud.  I found my inspiration pic HERE.  She did an amazing job!  Of course, imitation is the highest form of flattery (thank you Ms. Coco Chanel) I saw the inspiration coffee bar and I thought to myself, "I could do that".  Haven't we all, right?!? So i decided to do it.  I spent all day looking around town. I tried Target, Marshals, Goodman's, blah blah...nothing.  And then I hit up a couple of my local hot spot thrift stores and I found this little beauty for $8.78.  If you look close you can see they actually used a marker and wrote the price right on the top.    
a diamond in the rough
...really rough.
I had a vision.  I knew the old TV cart I just bought was about the same size as my inspiration piece and I figured with a little TLC and a bunch of nails, screws and paint it would work.  My husband had doubts.   
 mine (top) inspiration piece (bottom)
I sanded the whole thing, took out the flimsy shelves on the bottom, removed the door and added feet.  I had some scrap wood so I added a shelf similar to my inspiration coffee bar.  Here's a progress pic. Oh and since furniture feet are about $10 per piece I bought fence post toppers instead and they were less than $3.  Plus it gave me the added height I wanted. 
I wasn't kidding about the screws.
This thing is solid.
I cut off the extra lip on the back and used it on top for a back

I originally thought I wanted baskets but I bought a couple hinges and both the top and bottom panel flips down for storage.  That's where I keep spare supplies and misc items.  The middle section works perfectly for displaying pretty bowls and cookbooks that used to be stored away in a drawer somewhere.  

Here it is.  My finished coffee bar! I use it everyday.  The only item I purchased new was the wall shelf from Hobby Lobby.  It was a little pricey but I waited until it was on sale.  

The "H" I stole from my laundry room but it originally came from Hobby Lobby.  The white creamer cow, coffee mugs and coffee supplies came from Walmart.  The canisters were originally from Hobby Lobby but I had them in another room and simply re-purposed them - in the larger one I keep hot chocolate and the smaller one has raw sugar.  I've also added another smaller container (not pictured) that has individual creamers.  

Really, everything I need is right here.  I LOVE IT! If you have the it! 
I had to show some love to my
bulldog babies Bella and Jag
Good morning sunshine!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jewelry organization: method to the madness

My latest DIY project in the spare bedroom.  I had a couple spare picture frames and some burlap left over from another project.  It took me an entire day from start to finish but i think it was totally worth it.  The most time consuming part for me was laying out all of my jewelry exactly like I wanted it on the frames.  I laid it all out on the floor and went through piece by piece so I would know exactly how many knobs/pulls to buy.  As you can see I have a lot of jewelry and I wanted to display as much as I could. I cut the burlap and used spray adhesive to make it stick to the back of the frame.  On the silver frame I doubled up and used 2 sheets of burlap and simply tucked in the frayed edges.  I made a trip to Lowe's and purchased the cheapest door handles I could find and I think they work perfect. The necklaces are held up using these furniture nails.  For the earrings I needed the handle to be pretty thin so the earring loop would fit over and hang nicely.  I also used an enclosed pull and turned it over for some of my rings.  On the top of the silver frame I used left over pieces from a picture frame hanging kit; wire and hooks.  I'm really glad I did this project! I love being able to see exactly what I have and now I find myself wearing jewelry I didn't used to wear.  

*Fun Fact: I bought the table at Good Will for $15 and the bee plate I have my rings on was $4.50  {I'm super thrifty!}