I would like to share with you my favorite corner of our kitchen…My Coffee Corner!
As you can tell, we are big time coffee drinkers. I’ve debated on what to call it…my coffee corner, cafe corner, or as my husband calls it, “The caffeine portal.”
I love this part of my kitchen so much. But honestly it came together unintentionally!
When we first looked at our house (to buy) the couple that lived here before us had a hutch sitting against this wall. When we moved in I kept looking at this big long wall in our kitchen and thought I need to obtain a hutch! This wall is perfect for a hutch, and I know that because I saw one sitting there before we bought the place.
Small problem: I didn’t have a hutch and hutches are expensive.
Patience pays off!
Shortly after we moved (like maybe a month?) my aunt decided to completely redecorate her house. Which means hand-me-downs!!!!
She gave me three tables: a sofa table with a matching end table and a half circle table. I experimented with these tables in several different spots around the house.
- Eventually, the sofa table ended up along this wall.
- And the coffee maker ended up on top of the sofa table (so happy it’s not taking up counter space!!!!)
- And then the espresso maker.
- And then a lamp that my MIL found at a yard sale.
- And then a pretty canister from Walmart to hold the coffee.
And so my coffee
table corner was created on accident. I can’t call it a coffee table because that’s what you set your remotes on in the living room…
Something else that worked out perfectly: this sofa table has a stone top. I don’t have to worry about spills, scratches, or hot items!
So after a few more months my Mother-in-law, (or aka -MIL), decided to clean our her basement. Which means more hand-me-downs!!!!
She gave me a bunch of odds and ends and random stuff that she thought I could be crafty with and re-purpose. She had a lot of faith in me!
She gave me this small, ugly shelf thing. At first I didn’t even want to take it. It was her idea that I paint it to match the kitchen and put coffee cups on it. BRILLIANT!
After being on Pinterest, I had total faith in myself to turn this ugly shelf into something gorgeous. I was thinking weathered, rustic, aged. I could totally do this.
I sanded, spray painted it black, sanded, spray painted it green… And it looked nothing like what I envisioned. I sanded some more, and took a wire brush to it to get the aged look… nope. Whatever. It didn’t look bad, just not what I had in mind.
Then one day, my husband attached it to the kitchen wall for me. Once we placed our coffee mugs on it, I changed my mind. It looks fantastic! Disappointment gone!
Another gem I got from my MIL is the wooden box that holds the french press and the canister with the coffee inside. It was dirty and I think we originally tried keeping the children’s shoes inside. Eventually, I wiped it off and slapped some stain on it and added it to our coffee corner. It adds great a great dimension and an added shelf. Plus it was already stained and rustic, so I couldn’t fail on this one!
As for the rest of the table:
- I got the black and white trey from a yard sale for $5
- I got the two signs on the wall from Big Lots for $5 a piece
- The lamp came from a yard sale
- I normally keep travel mugs in a built-in cabinet under our high-top table, but baby is crawling, so had to move those.
I have to mention that I spent very little money on this whole corner! Most of these things came from family members, yard sales, or thrift stores.
Moral of this decorating lesson:
- Patience, patience, patience! I originally wanted a hutch, I’m glad I waited and created my own original space.
- Shop at yard sales, thrift stores, Craig’s List, Facebook area swap shops.
- Check with family members for various items and furniture. People are always getting new stuff, maybe you can re-purpose their old stuff.
I don’t think I spent more than $20… and that is a LOT cheaper than a hutch! Not that I have anything against hutches, but for me this is more personalized and sentimental.
Now for a side note on my coffee maker:
As you can see we have a stainless steel carafe (a.k.a. coffee pot…I didn’t know that was the official name for them until I wrote this post 😉 ).
I will never go back to a glass carafe! EVER!!
This carafe is so amazing. It keeps coffee hot All. Day. Long. Even after the coffee maker has turned off.
I am not exaggerating! Need a 2:00 pick me up? Left over coffee from the morning is still warm!
The downside is that you can’t see how much coffee is left inside without unscrewing the lid. But you also don’t ever have to worry about the pot breaking!
If you are looking for a new a coffee maker/carafe, I strongly recommend this one! We have had it for 3 years and we are still in love with it.
Where to find it! (affiliate link)
Another thing that every coffee enthusiast should have is a french press. Especially, if you love strong coffee.
A french press is also great to take with you camping because it doesn’t require electricity.
My husband is pretty picky when it comes to coffee, so he takes his french press with him to work on days that he has to work extra long shifts. Then, he can have his coffee exactly the way he wants it.
There a lot of options and sizes for a french press (just like any other coffee making product). At one time we had 3 different sizes. I like the larger ones better…because I drink a lot of coffee…
This one is just like ours, so I feel good recommending it. (affiliate link)
My sister-in-law loved our corner. She is a fellow coffee enthusiast!
She doesn’t have space in her kitchen for a a big table but she liked the idea of show-casing her coffee cups. Luckily for her, my brother is handy and created an in-the-wall shelf for their cups.
After all coffee cups can be a great representation of personality! Their coffee cup collection is awesome and fun… just like my brother and sister-in-law! (DO NOT go back and look at our cups now… or you might think that my husband and I are boring… or maybe a little OCD and have to have everything symmetrical…)
On the other side of this wall is a closet, so they were able to cut a hole in the wall to install this shelf. Their shelf is also deeper. (And if you look closely you can see that they also have a stainless steel coffee carafe).
If you don’t love coffee, there are many other themes you can use. Like tea…
Just find what fits your personality, after all that’s what decorating is all about!
I would love to hear about how you display your coffee cups, or about how you decorated a long wall in a kitchen.
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