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DIY Coffee Corner

 

I would like to share with you my favorite corner of our kitchen…My Coffee Corner! 

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!  

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A sofa table in the corner of my kitchen turned into the perfect coffee station

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! 

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A re-purposed shelf worked great for displaying our coffee cups

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! 

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A rustic box adds dimension and an added shelf.

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. 
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This whole corner came together on accident and was very inexpensive

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.

coffee corner

I originally wanted a hutch, but this turned out to be better!

Now for a side note on my coffee maker:

coffee maker

A stainless steel carafe keeps coffee warm for hours!

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) 

 Another example:

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. 

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A built in coffee shelf

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…) 

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A great collection of coffee mugs! 

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. 

Anna

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If you love coffee as much as we do be sure to check out these other great posts by Blessed Beyond Crazy: 

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*This post was written as part of my collaboration with eBay.

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About the author: Linda and Anna are a mother-daughter team that enjoy cooking, crafting and sharing advice with each other. Here they enjoy sharing all their new recipes and ideas with their readers.

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  • Teresa March 8, 2014, 7:33 pm

    What a great idea to make a coffee corner! We are powered by caffeine at this house, so a dedicated area – away from the busy section of the kitchen – makes so much sense for us too. My wheels are turning . . .

    Thanks for a great idea. And please tell your sister I adore her mug collection!

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 9, 2014, 1:29 pm

      Teresa, thanks for stopping by. I will let my sister know that you like her collection. I love it too… her collection has so much more personality that ours. Actually, after comparing pictures I think I’m going to try to phase out our plain mugs for “fun” mugs. 🙂

  • Jess | Daughter Deerest March 8, 2014, 2:48 pm

    I am so happy to have found your post! Love your coffee corner! When we first moved into our house 2.5 years ago – this is exactly what I wanted but then I fell in love with a antique hoosier for a ridiculously good price. So opposite you and your coveted hutch. We’re moving again soon so maybe I can take inspiration from this post and make myself a coffee corner! Love how it all came together and I think I am going to get on that stainless carafe per your recommendation! #SITSSharefest

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 9, 2014, 1:27 pm

      Jess, glad you found me! I hope this is helpful for you and your new home. I wouldn’t have been able to pass up a Hoosier either! Hope you enjoy the carafe!

  • Rachel G March 8, 2014, 1:44 pm

    I love that teal shelf!! This little area of the house is so cute! And I also think it’s pretty cool that you and your mom have a blog together!

    Just replying to Anna’s comment on my blog–I can so relate to large homeschool families! I’m the oldest of seven kids, and we were all homeschooled. We also lived in a country where enough land for a yard would be well beyond my parents’ income, so one home had that 5×3 foot patch of grass, until we moved to an even less expensive apartment. Yards can be so much fun, and I really appreciate mine now, but even with the 9 of us in that apartment we didn’t go too crazy. 🙂

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 9, 2014, 1:24 pm

      Rachel, Thanks for stopping by! It has been a lot of fun blogging with my mom!

  • Jen March 6, 2014, 8:15 am

    Girl, you are my kind of shopper! Your coffee corner looks amazing – you did a fabulous job with those hand me downs. Stopping by from #SITS and so glad I did!

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 6, 2014, 1:03 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Jen!

  • Aida@TheCraftingFoodie March 2, 2014, 8:24 pm

    I love your coffee corner! My favorite pieces are the stained wooden box that holds the french press and the mug holder mounted to the wall. So adorable and so practical!

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy March 3, 2014, 1:49 pm

      Thank you! The shelf is my favorite too!
      –Anna

  • Laurel February 28, 2014, 1:38 pm

    What a great idea I love coffee too much not to display my love for it 😉

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy February 28, 2014, 4:29 pm

      Thank you. I think my love for coffee has grown since this corner has come about.

  • Carla February 28, 2014, 12:20 pm

    This is a great idea. I am looking around my kitchen now to see where I can find a spot. However the best thing I took away from this piece was when you talked about patience. How you waited and got what you wanted. I am learning to do that. Too many times I have rushed and gotten something to “make do” instead of waiting for what I really liked. Thank you!

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy February 28, 2014, 1:07 pm

      Carla, this is still a learning process for me too! I hate seeing empty walls in my home. And it is so hard waiting for the right piece to come along, but I know it always pays off. I feel more love towards the things that I have waited on. I also feel like homemade, re-purposed pieces, or frugal finds mean more to me than a store bought piece.

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast February 28, 2014, 12:08 pm

    I think coffee deserves an entire corner of my house as well! I am seriously addicted. I love having a collection of unique coffee mugs too. Some were gifts, some I picked out while traveling, etc. Each has a story!

    • Blessed Beyond Crazy February 28, 2014, 1:09 pm

      I love seeing other people’s coffee mugs displayed too. So many of them have a story. It’s a great conversation piece for your home. Also, my brother has told me that my coffee corner is the most important place in our home… can’t disagree!

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