Sunday, November 17, 2013

Armoire Turned Coffee Bar

I am still working on projects in my kitchen.  We are hosting Thanksgiving at our house, and I want ALL of my projects finished.  I tackled another big one last week, and finished it today.  I am over the moon happy with this project.  I had an old T.V. armoire that I have moved all over the house trying to find something to do with it, since none of our televisions fit in it anymore.  Then, this idea came to me.  I am so happy I took this project on.  My husband and I love coffee, and we actually own two coffee makers, a Keurig, and a Tassimo.  So, they take up a lot of counter space.  I decided to turn the armoire into a coffee bar.  I'm so glad I did!!!  Let me take you through the process……
Here is what it looked like before.  Pretty, it just doesn't go with my decor anymore.

So, I went to work sanding it down
I didn't want to sand all of the color off, because I wanted some of the dark to show through later.
Then, after I took the shine off of it, I wiped all of the dust off.  
Then, I started painting it white.  My walls in my kitchen and dining room are chocolate brown, and my cabinets are white.  So, I thought this would fit in with the rest of the kitchen and dining.
After I finished painting, I used my sander, and got busy giving it some age.
It felt too bright white for the look I wanted, so I used a brown glaze to age it a little more.
I wipe on a good amount of glaze, and then use a slightly damp paper towel to wipe off some of the glaze until I get the look I want.  I pay attention to working the glaze into all of the grooves.
Next, I took the pulls off, and spray painted them brown
Then, I had to do something with the T.V. hole in the back of the armoire.  I decided to use the plastic faux tin.  When I was at Lowes getting the tin for the back, I spotted these baskets, and they fit PERFECT!!!  I will show you what I did with those later in the post.
Once I got the back glued down, I decided it needed light.  I searched for a small chandelier, and couldn't find one small enough.  So, I made my own.  I found a pendant light cover, and bought a candelabra kit.  I also bought a canopy, and metal washer to support the candelabra in the chandelier shade.  I will be honest, this process was frustrating.  I am not a very patient person, and this was wearing on me!!
I drilled through the top of the armoire and dropped the candelabra piece through the top.  I also used a staple gun to secure the cord.
After I dropped the candelabra piece in, I added a white canopy to give it the finished look of a light fixture.
Here it is all put together.  It provides just the right amount of light, and looks like it's an old light.  Just the look I wanted.
Then, I decided I was going to need somewhere to hang coffee mugs, so I drilled holes and installed hooks.
Now, I have a place for 6 mugs to hang.
Next, I added the rest of our coffee necessities.  The two coffee makers fit perfectly, and that tray where the t.v. use to sit slides out, so it will make it easy to add water to the coffee makers.  I used the baskets for coffee pods, creamers, sugar, etc.  That shelf also pulls out so we can see everything.  Then, I added cream and sugar to my blue Ball jars for a touch of color.
Here it is all finished.  I love how it turned out.  It freed up a lot of counter space, and gave us extra storage for our coffee supplies.
Here is the Before and After.  What a difference!
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46 comments:

  1. What a great idea! You are very clever and the piece is so well done!

    Mary
    From Virginia
    http://marysflowerworks.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank You Mary! It was a lot of work, but so worth it! Thanks for stopping by!
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  2. Absolutely a wonderful Idea to re-purpose old TV armoire's! Looks great and very functional once again! Great job.

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    1. Thank You Terry! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog!
      Heather

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  3. What a great idea, it looks amazing. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty! Thanks so much! You are so sweet to always stop by!
      Heather

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  4. Great idea! I turned our armoire into a liquor cabinet. We placed a mirror against the back to cover the tv hole and added a shelf at the top to hold liquor bottles. On the bottom of the shelf we added a stemware rack to hold wine glasses. Then I cut "marble" tiles to cover the bottom and added battery lighting. It works great and saved an expensive piece of furniture.

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    1. Hallie:
      Wow! Sounds like yours turned out gorgeous! You sound like me. I just couldn't get rid of mine, and was determined to find a purpose for it. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to hear from you again.
      Heather

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  5. What a wonderful idea...love it.

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    1. Thank You so much Marigene! It was a lot of work, but so worth it!
      Heather

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  6. This is great! You didn't just repaint it and add a coffee pot, you took it to the next level with a great back panel, light fixture, hooks, baskets. It's beautiful but totally functional! Great job!

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    1. Thank You for your sweet comment Angie! We have been using it this week, and it is working out GREAT! Well worth the time and effort. Thanks for stopping by!
      Have a great week!
      Heather

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  7. So cute! Love the little light in there♥ I have an armoire I need to paint...such a big task.

    Linsey

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    1. Thanks Linsey! The painting took a bit longer because of all of the grooves, doors, etc., but the good thing about painting it to "look" old is that it doesn't have to be perfect. Thank Goodness! I am really enjoying it! Thanks for stopping by!
      Heather

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    2. Well, I am a sucker for coffee and cocoa stations. I don't think I've ever seen one in an armoire...great job re-purposing in such a clever way!

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  8. You did a great job! I'm a new follower!

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    1. Thank You Kathy! I appreciate you following! I added you in G+.
      Have a great week!
      Heather

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  9. What a fabulous idea Heather, and you really did a great job! I'm gonna say you pimped up your armoire ;).

    We have two coffee makers also. Actually, one is a tassimo and one is an espresso maker which is more my husbands speed. I wish we only had one! I'm not a fan of stuff on counters, but I would love a little dedicated spot like yours.

    I'm following now and thanks again for joining our blog hop last week.

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    1. Doreen:
      Thanks So Much! Hahaha! I did pimp my armoire!! Love it! I hated the counter space both makers took up also. I am really enjoying the extra room. Thanks for becoming a follower!
      Have a great week!
      Heather

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  10. What a fantastic idea! I just love what you have done with this piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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    1. Thank You Donna! I am really enjoying it! Thanks so much for stopping by!
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  11. HOLY Cow what a transformation!! And what creative thinking!! I love this, and it's deff a pinner!!! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly
    minettesmaze.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks so much Shelly! Thanks for hosting Sunday Showcase. Always get great ideas from it!
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    2. This was my pick for my favorite link up!!!! Thanks again for sharing this on DIY Sunday Showcase! You did an amazing job!!

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    3. YAY! Thank you so much Shelly! It means a lot!
      Heather

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  12. Heather ~ Amaze Balls! This is so cool! Thanks (again) for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase. This is awesome.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

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    1. Thank You! I can't thank you enough for hosting Sunday Showcase. It helps newbies like me get our blog out there.
      Heather

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  13. What an awesome project! Thanx for sharing at THT!

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    1. Thanks so much Pamela, it was a fun project, and has worked out so great for us! I appreciate you hosting THT.
      Heather

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  14. So clever and functional. You ought to submit it to Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. They have a feature on the last page of each issue called "I Did It Myself!" and I think yours is a winner!

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    1. Wow Sylvia! Thank You, such a compliment! I had no idea they had that. I really may do that. Wouldn't that be exciting?
      Thanks for stopping by, and for your sweet comment!
      Heather

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  15. Hi, I love your awesome coffee station! I featured you this week at Boogieboard Cottage. Blessings, Mary

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  16. Woohoo Mary! Thanks so very much! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Heather

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  17. Amazing! I am new follower now! Hope you will visit my blog to see what I've been up to!
    Amber @junkaholicsunanimous.blogspot.

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    1. Hi Amber! Thank you so much! So glad you are following. I am heading over to your blog right now.
      Heather

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  18. This is amazing! You're being featured tomorrow on from Give Me The Goods and will be on my FB page tomorrow as well ;)
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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    1. Hey Jamie! That's so sweet of you to pick my Coffee Bar! (Happy Dance) I really appreciate it! Have a great Thanksgiving week!
      Heather

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  19. This is amazing and exactly what I need to do with an old armoire I've been debating what to do with... except I don't have room in my kitchen. Hmmm....

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    1. Thank You Jona! My sister in law set up a coffee station right by her door that goes out to their garage. That way they can grab a cup on the way out the door. Maybe you could do something like that, instead of the kitchen??? Just a thought. Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for your sweet comment. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
      Heather

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  20. OMG!!! I CANT STAND HOW AWESOME THIS LOOKS!!!!!! I am a huge fan of my Keurig and holy god this is gorgeous!!! Great idea and so well done....Now I need to find something similar as we live [for now til we move to TN hopefully next year!] in an old 1842 converted 1 room school house and it is small! Was the hubby's house before we met...so I think I have an old cabinet I could try this with...but now off to find a different spot for it!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Hi Pam! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! Your sweet comment made me smile! You should do this!! I am loving how much counter space this has left me to do something else with!! Go For It!!
      Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. Have a great Thanksgiving!
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  21. You absolutely ROCKED that armoire with new life as a coffee station!!!!!!!! It is beautiful, functional, and such a conversation piece!! New follower here....hopefully a new blogger in 2014! Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie

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    1. Thank You for your sweet comment! So glad you are following now too. You should totally start blogging!!! It's a lot of fun. Everyone has been very supportive and so kind. Hollar at me if you do!
      Heather

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  22. This is so cool! I have a friend who has an old armoire in her kitchen but it needs work to make it functional. I'm going to show her yours!

    Tania

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    1. Thanks Tania! Have her holler at me if she gives her a makeover, and needs any suggestions! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
      Happy Holidays!
      Heather

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  23. I just love this! I love that your guests can help themselves and not be in your way at the kitchen counter! What a great re-do of an old armoire...we all had them for our televisions, didn't we?

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