Maybe you’ve wanted to create your own coffee bar at home but thought you couldn’t because of a tight budget. You look at the latest coffee bar pins on Pinterest. You pour over the latest photos on Houzz of coffee bar buffets, coffee bar cabinets, coffee bar stations, coffee bar carts and coffee bar counters…basically anything and everything that might show you how to create the best home coffee bar yourself.
In this post I’ll show you what we did to create the coffee bar of our dreams. What we spent money on, what we did ourselves, and where we found the coffee bar necessities, accessories and decor to make this project a success.
With some hard work (thanks to my husband and son), creativity and scouring both the internet and local(ish) shops, I was able to create my dream coffee bar without spending too much.
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Coffee Bar Ideas
To start things off, I wanted to post before pictures. But then I forgot to take them! I have one that I took of the hutch that we replaced because I put it up for sale, but it doesn’t show the true state of the area before we cleaned everything off of it.
Here’s a pic I found from a couple years ago of my daughter, but you can kind of see what the area looked like before in the background. Sorry it’s a really bad pic (except for my beautiful daughter of course!) but I feel you can’t truly appreciate the transformation unless you see what it looked like before.
Here’s our finished project, isn’t it amazing?!
Here are tips on what we did and how to create your own coffee bar at home.
Choose the Perfect Furniture
Of course what you choose depends on your budget. For me, buying a brand new piece that was the size we needed wasn’t an option. Shopping second hand stores, antique stores and flea markets is a great alternative to buying new. Many times, you can find an extensive selection that just might surprise you. And you might stumble upon the perfect coffee bar buffet, cabinet or cart.
I had been searching for the perfect buffet to use for our new coffee bar. Even scouring the internet, I couldn’t seem to find one that was as big as we needed for our space under a thousand bucks. I definitely wasn’t paying that! I found a few in the $700 range, but even that was more than I wanted to spend.
So after passing on a couple of local options as they didn’t fit the design idea I had, we happened upon the perfect piece by accident on Facebook (actually hubby found it, thanks honey!). We wound up driving 68 miles up to Washington to a super cute shop called Rose & Thorn to get this upcycled buffet (I could have bought everything there, such an awesome store!) and only paid $259, which was way cheaper than anything else I had looked at. My hubby did wind up sanding the top a bit and repainting it, so that was an additional cost (only 5-10 dollars).
Another popular option (and one that I see all over Pinterest!) is an upcycled dresser. Some people are so talented and can restore furniture. This can make a perfect coffee bar cabinet. If that’s not you, don’t worry. Again places like Rose & Thorn and unique home decor shops are an excellent way to find these treasures.
See where I got my inspiration for my coffee bar on Pinterest.
Get Your Wall in Shape
Whether that means throwing on a fresh coat of paint or creating a wood masterpiece (that’s what I think ours looks like anyway, ha ha!), you’ll want your wall to be ready to go first before you bring in your furniture and accessories.
Truth be told, our new wooden wall is probably my favorite part of the entire project. We bought our wood at Building Materials Bargain Center. They happen to carry both new and used materials. Although we weren’t able to get reclaimed wood, we did get gorgeous blue spruce at a very affordable price. We spent $136.50 and that included enough material to not only do the wall but also build a nice shelf to hang above the coffee bar.
Here are a few pics of our wall being put together
I am extremely happy at how our wooden wall turned out!
Arrange Your Space
Look at your coffee bar essentials, the main items that will go on your bar. For me, it was my Hamilton Beach Coffee Maker, my Keurig, and my microwave (not my first choice but we don’t have anywhere else in the kitchen to put it). Once I knew where these were going, I could add my coffee bar accessories like a basket to hold my Keurig cups, napkins and the like. My glass drying rack (purchased from World Market for $16.99, I just love it!) I use as a coffee cup holder to display some of my favorite mugs from my collection.
Decorate Your Wall
I knew I wanted a nice big clock to put on the wall, but I was imagining a round clock. So when we visited Simple Needs in Lafayette while looking for a bench for our living room (that post is coming soon) and the hubbs found a unique antique-looking wall clock, I couldn’t say no! (It also helped that we got a really great price, only 50 bucks!) I love it because it looks like a watch face, which isn’t something you see every day. It really is a statement piece.
And last but not least was our custom Wooden Coffee Bar Sign that we found at the Simple Needs Flea Market & Vintage Swap Meet. It was actually the first thing I purchased for the coffee bar area, it was love at first sight. (So much that I had the vendor create another sign for my living room, again post coming soon!). I couldn’t pass it up for only $20!
Add Your Home Decor
Now the fun part…finding Coffee bar decor! Our custom wood shelf holds my decor, which is great since my two coffee pots and microwave take up most of the coffee bar top. I found a super cute shop called Aunt Bee’s House about 25 miles from where I live, and bought a small coffee sign (on the shelf to the right) and trivet (money can’t buy happiness, to the left). Oh, and an adorable dish towel too (you can see most of it bottom left). Other than that, the rest of my coffee bar decor were items I already owned. So I did save money there. I think I spent about $25 on everything.
Don’t Forget About Lighting
Depending on where you have your coffee bar, you may or may not need additional lighting. In my case, I needed a small light as I usually make coffee early in the morning. The kids aren’t awake so I don’t want to turn on the dining room light. But I didn’t need a huge lamp or anything, just a bit of light right above the coffeemaker. We found a small LED light at Lowe’s for $14 that hubby just screwed into the bottom of the shelf. It gives off just enough light to illuminate the top of the coffee bar. (But not enough to wake up the kids, yay!). It even shuts itself off after 30 minutes, which is handy since I’m usually half asleep when I make coffee. Who knows, one day might forget to turn it off.
Wrapping it all up
These are the tips that help me create the coffee bar of my dreams. I am so happy with it! We spent about $537 on the entire project, which is way less than just the coffee bar buffet itself I was originally looking at. Every day when I go to pour my coffee I stand back and look at it with pride. I’ve been known to hug my wall on occasion too, LOL! I know, I’m weird… It’s just so beautiful and there’s something about the smell of wood that I love.
Now tell me, are you ready to create your own coffee bar at home? Let me know your plans in the comments and if there’s anything I can help you find! 🙂
Remember life doesn't have to be perfect to love where you are!