An Easy How to Create a Coffee Bar*
This is the first installation in my Home with Chell Bee series; I will be featuring home projects, recipes, etc. Most of the home projects I do are on a very small budget and scale, I like to use items I already own or that are inexpensive to renew our home. For almost 2 years now we have had this eye sore of a cabinet that our fish tank was displayed on. Fortunately for me after going through over 3 sets of fish, my husband is finally ready to get rid of the fish tank. I thought it would be great to turn the cabinet into a Coffee Bar.
I am super excited about the Coffee Bar because it freed up a ton of space in our kitchen (i.e. pantry and counter top space). So it was definitely worth the 30 bucks I spent creating it. After all, I love coffee, like seriously I’m addicted. If you follow me on Instagram this is no secret since every other photo is of #coffee (if you aren’t following me, you should *wink, wink*). Of course, if you are not a coffee lover you could definitely use this as a wet or tea bar instead, whatever suits you fancy (as I always say to each its’ own).
As usual before starting any project I did some inspiration research on Pinterest. I happily surprised and amped up to jump start this project. I decided that I wanted our Coffee Bar to be cabinet based with a shelf to display a few items. We already owned both of these items so it was a no-brainer. It was important that this project is effortless, so I decided to paint the cabinets without sanding (which we had done in the paint with our bedroom furniture).
Kilz Latex 3 in 1 (Primer-Sealer-Stainblocker)
- Glidden Grand Canyon Gold Tester (Eggshell Finish is the only finish they offer as tester)
- Latex Paint Brushes (Pack of 3)
- Drywall Anchor and Screws
- Cup hooks
Painting a Coffee Bar Steps
Move your cabinet to a well-ventilated space. Protect your floors and any others items in the room you plan to paint in.
*I painted ours in the garage and left the door open.
- Clean your cabinet and ensure there is no dust or particles.
- Apply the Kilz Latez to the cabinet. Allow this to dry completely. I would recommend allowing at least 12 hours. Make sure you paint in a
- Apply the paint color of your choice. Allow this to dry completely.
*To save money I purchased a tester of my desired paint color. The tester was more than enough. I did 3 coats and I still have some paint left.
- Repeat step 3 until you have the desired opaqueness.
- Move your cabinet to the desired space.
- Stage your coffee bar!
*I used photos, tea set, and mugs to decorate our coffee bar.
After setting up my coffee bar, I noticed my cabinet counter top paint was sticky. Possibly because there was not get enough drying time. As a result, I had to fin a solution to save my coffee bar. So I applied marble adhesive paper (or anything you prefer), this prevents continued paint sticking (which leads to peeling). Side note we received several pieces of furniture from the previous owners including shelves, bookcases, desk, fish tank, and cabinet at a very small rate.
*Word of Caution
Make sure you give the cabinet plenty of time to dry completely. This will ensure your paint is not sticky and does not peels off when items are placed on the surfaces. If you do find your counter top surface is sticky try applying baby powder or drying it with a blow-dryer.
*I purchased all my items from my local Home Depot. If you do not have access locally not to fear I included amazon links just for you.