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Monday, October 15, 2012

How to Create a Coffee Bar

For so many people, starting their day off right means starting it with a wonderful cup of coffee.  That's my husband.  He loves his morning cup of java.  What could be more perfect than having a coffee bar in our own kitchen?  We have a little counter space between the refrigerator and wall oven.  
It's the perfect spot for a little coffee bar.
What do you need for a coffee bar?  Well...not that much.  If you love coffee, I'm sure you already have all of the elements you need to make your own coffee bar.  
You too can create this  - you just need a little counter space to dedicate to it. 

When we renovated our kitchen a few years ago, we made sure we did not have anything interrupting our beautiful backsplash...ie electrical outlets.  Instead we have electrical outlets under each of the upper cabinets.  It's great until you have an appliance with a cord that's too short to reach...in this case it's my husband's favorite single serving coffee maker.  No problem...I can fix that.

I needed something small, yet decorative,  to raise up the coffee maker so that the cord would reach the outlet.  I took a shoe box and cut off the lid.  Then I cut the box in half and slipped the two halves back together to form a smaller box.  I used tape to hold it all together.  
Then I covered the smaller box using my favorite leftover contact paper.  

I went to my favorite site, The Graphics Fairy, and printed out and decoupaged some coffee graphics onto the box.  I picked two different graphics and put one on the front and one on the top.
The top one is going to be mostly covered by the coffee maker, but I still liked it and wanted to use it.
Now the cord will reach the outlet!
I gathered my supplies - favorite coffee makers, coffee pods, ground coffee, sugar and creamer and anything else I could think of to create a coffee bar.
It's as simple as that.  
A coffee center with everything needed to make that perfect cup of coffee - all at our fingertips.
I hope you will make one in your home.

Can't wait to hear what you think!

-Judy
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12 comments:

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

What a neat idea. I should do that for my husband. He's the coffee drinker in the family - grinds his own beans. I love the smell but have never had the desire to drink it! I love how you took the shoebox and use the GF website.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great idea, Judy! I tried to do something similar shortly after we moved here on a counter about the same size as yours. It just wasn't working for my hubby {I guess it was too tight for his liking} and we wound up not doing it. He drinks tea anyway, so I really just needed a spot for the electric kettle. I like your solution to the short cord, as well as the idea to have the outlets under the cabinet like that. You not only raised it up to reach the outlet but created some height and made it a more interesting arrangement for something so every day!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I looks fabulous. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Much Ado About Somethin said...

Love the box you made! We have a pretty sweet coffee bar too. When we moved into our new apartment a year ago, we realized there was a little kitchen "annex" - this is now home to the coffee pot, Keurig, french press, a coffee mug tower, and multiple accessories. Makes husband happy!

Cynthia said...

Great coffee bar, I did a post a while ago about a coffe bar we made on my blog.

Cynthia

Gail said...

Your coffee bar looks great Judy! My husband and I are both coffee drinkers so having a coffee station in our home is a must. Enjoy your evening, Gail

Gina said...

Your coffee bar looks wonderful! I love this idea & have always wished to make a coffee bar (well, tea bar) but counter space is at a premium around here.

Jeane M. said...

Brilliant! Would really love to make a space for this in my kitchen. So easy. Got my eye on your next posts.

Brandi said...

Such a nice area you created. I love the way you covered the box.

suzyq said...

Great idea - and your coffee station looks fantastic!

Debbie~ said...

It looks fabulous, of course we're talking my favorite beverage here!!! It is very inviting!!! Thanks for sharing! Debbie @ Cottage Hann~Me~Downs

SizzleandZoom said...

I really like what you did with the little box. Looks perfectly vintage.

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