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Coffee/Tea/Hot Cocoa Bar Challenge


With the cooler temps fast approaching in most areas, many of us may find ourselves reaching for comforting, warm beverages more frequently.

Therefore, my challenge is to create a designated "Coffee Bar" in your home!

Whether you designate a pre-existing counter, shelf or cabinet area and upgrade it with some new organization and decor; or completely make over and repurpose an entire piece of furniture to fulfill this role, the possibilities are endless. The only real rule is that in the process, you give some new life to something old. A simple online search can provide inspiration with ideas for every space. Please include before and after photos of the space and/or piece you makeover.

This is the setup we came up with in our own home and the inspiration for my challenge.

Our kitchen has very limited storage and counter space. We enjoy cooking and preparing our meals at home more often than not, but found ourselves often maneuvering around our coffee machine. Being that it is an appliance that we use so frequently, we didn't want to store it away, but it seemed to take up valuable kitchen real estate (not to mention the mugs and all the flavored coffee, tea and cocoa options in the cabinets above). Until we found THE hutch!

We scored this old hutch at a garage sale (marked $10!). It was the last day of the sale and the homeowners explained that they didn't want to haul it away, but also didn't want to put it by the road, because it was in such great shape. So, they priced it to sell and we really lucked out. I immediately thought the hutch would be perfect on a narrow wall between our kitchen and living room. We took a chance and it fit perfectly! To make it work for our purposes, we added a couple inches of height to the upper shelving piece to give the machine clearance for opening and closing, sanded some minor scratches, primed, painted and added new hardware. I lined the area behind the shelves with a patterned paper that I then sealed, and painted the space below the shelves with chalkboard paint. It is like a brand new piece of furniture and has turned into a great, functional piece that not only freed up a little room on our counter, but almost an entire cabinet that was filled with mugs and various warm beverage blends!

We have had several guests comment on what a fun concept it is. Many enjoy choosing their own mug and beverage without feeling like they are rifling through cabinets and we enjoy having everything in one place.We would love to see what you come up with for your home and needs!

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Comments (3)

  • This is an unreal turn out! It looks like it was custom built just for this purpose- and to think it cost you only $10! What a fun challenge idea too! Thank you for sharing your challenge and your project!

    By RYOBI Nation
    • Thank you! It was one of those really exciting projects that just came together really well every step of the way and we love it. Based on feedback, we thought it may be a fun challenge :)

      By Sammilynn
    • I just realized I forgot to add the hashtags to my original Facebook post, so just did that. Oops!

      By Sammilynn

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