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DIY Coffee Bar for Kitchen or Dining Room

eep! Holidays are just around the corner. Can you believe it? I literally blinked and my trees turned color and my yard is glittered with autumn. This means it’s time to prepare for food, family, and fun. What better way than to create a DIY coffee bar (or cocoa and tea for non-coffee drinkers) to entertain. (giveaway alert!)

Louvered Cabinet Before by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I found this cabinet that is in a bit of rough shape, but it is perfect for creating a beverage station. Why? It has drawers for storage, a cabinet for accessories, and a drop leaf on the back. Plus, it is even on casters. Score!!

Open Cabinet Before DIY Coffee Bar | prodigalpieces.com

Cabinet Drop Leaf | prodigalpieces.com

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However, it is lacking in an interior shelf, drop-leaf supports, and a proper back panel. Also, it could use some dressing up. Likewise, you could use a dresser, desk, or buffet for this very same thing. Just add a drop-leaf and casters.

DIY TIME

First, I use my sander to get the wood top and leaf back to basic pine. While doing that, I also set to install some new drop-leaf hardware. I’m not going to attach it just yet, but I’m smitten with how easy these are to use.

Drop-Leaf Hardware for DIY Coffee Bar | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In addition to the hardware, I cut a new shelf for the interior and used my Kreg Jig to make pocket joints. Without it, it seems that the inside is not maximizing the use of space.

 Rebuilding Vintage Cabinet for DIY Coffee Bar | prodigalpieces.com

You see my saw and Rip-Cut Guide that I’m using to make the drawer fronts look like crates. I’m cutting shallow passes across the fronts to get the faux effect. You can see how I did the same thing to a chest of drawers before.

It’s a quick and easy fix that adds instant character. During this time, I also add a back panel of luan to better cover the back for showing when wheeled out for use.

NEXT STEPS

Once I have the repairs and additions made, it’s time to break out some of my favorite tools. My HomeRight Large Spray Shelter and my Super Finish Max Extra Sprayer are must-haves for this DIYer. They are simple to use for professional results every time. You can see my past projects using these tools HERE.

HomeRight Larger Spray Shelter with Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Notice, I have the top taped off because I’m staining it and finishing with a poly. The base, however, is getting fresh coat of paint. I’m using the blue tip, and fill up my canister following the paint manufacturer instructions. Then, I do a quick practice on scrap wood or cardboard to make sure my flow settings are what I desire. Here we go!

Spray Painting DIY Coffee Bar with HomeRight Super Finish Max by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I apply one coat, let cure for 2 hours, then apply a second. No primer needed. Meanwhile the paint is curing, I begin painting the louver doors a contrasting color. And, I also begin to finish the drawer fronts with stain and typography.

Painting Louver Doors with HomeRight Super Finish Max Extra by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

THE REVEAL

Here’s my DIY coffee bar ready to go for family, friends, and a stray guest or two. I love it!

Modern Farmhouse Coffee Bar from Upcycled Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #coffee #entertaining #holidays #furniture #home #homedecor

Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Bar by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #entertaining #kitchen #homedecor

The drawers can contains the coffee, teas, and cocoas in assigned typography. Meanwhile, the cabinet can hold the coffee maker and any other serving accessories needed. The shelf I added is a bonus, isn’t it?

Open DIY Coffee Bar Cabinet by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #homedecor

Upcycled DIY Coffee Bar by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #coffee #farmhouse

Shout-out to my mom who willingly lent me her Keurig and carousel with pods for my staging fun. I don’t drink coffee, but I do enjoy tea and cocoa in winter months.

Paper Lined DIY Coffee Bar Drawer by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #home #homedecor

Now for the fun part…the leaf! Who doesn’t love the versatility of a drop-leaf. It adds oodles of function to any old piece, especially on this one for creating a little seating area.

Open DIY Coffee Bar with Leaf Extension by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home

DIY Coffee Bar with Stool Setup by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #furniture #farmhouse #homedecor

Modern Farmhouse DIY Coffee Bar Designed by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #coffee #entertaining

If you’d like to make this DIY coffee bar your own and skip out on the elbow grease, you can find it available in my online shop.

  • Antique Wash Stand by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com
    Antique Wash Stand ~ $275

Rustic Crate Coffee Bar Upcycle by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #coffee #kitchen #home #homedecor #farmhoue

GIVEAWAY TIME

Above all, HomeRight and I want to help you have your own DIY fun. We are giving away a Super Finish Max Extra Paint Sprayer to one of you. Easy entry – just complete the widget below for as many entries as you like. Open to U.S. & Canada residents 18 years of age and older. In addition, winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. Also, be sure to check your spam!

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Also, do pin and share my DIY coffee bar makeover to inspire others to create that cozy spot in their home. It’s fun too!

DIY Coffee Bar with Modern Farmhouse Flair by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #home #homedecor #coffee #entertaining

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Also, more upcycled furniture like my DIY coffee bar:

Repurposed Antique Rockers and Table Leg Become Floor Lamp | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA broken ash tray stand is transformed into an upcycled clock face table with the Quick Finish Sprayer by HomeRight | Video demo at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #furniture #diy #tools #farmhouse #shabbychic #home #homedecor

Comments

  1. Nancy F Lambert says

    Awesome job, I love this cart / coffee bar / rolling cart..

  2. Lori Sawyer says

    I love your coffee bar, especially the drawers! I meant to comment on Tuesday about your critters. I’ve been using a plastic gnome to hold screen door when bringing in groceries and now he’s getting a handle! Thank you!!

    • Larissa says

      Woot! Thanks so much. This was fun! 😀 Love your gnome!

  3. Marlene says

    Love the coffee bar. I especially like the versatility of the drop leaf shelf.

  4. Rebecca - NC says

    All I can say is “WOW!” What an awesome and functional piece! And the drop leaf makes it even more so. I love the way you combine finishes and add unique touches like the “crate drawers.” This will be so pretty as a Christmas Cocoa station!!! 🎄🎅🏻🎄😊

    • Larissa says

      aww…that’s so fun to hear, Rebecca. Thank YOU for the awesome virtual hug. {{hugs}}

  5. Susie Wilcox says

    This piece has so many potential uses! Thanks for the tutorial. I would love to find a piece like this for my hallway entrance area. Thanks for the give away. I would love to have a paint sprayer. It would be so useful on the bigger pieces I redo.

    • Larissa says

      I hope you find one, Susie. They are so very handy. You will love this sprayer.

  6. Mother Deer says

    I love that coffee bar! Great design and colors. If I win the sprayer, I will finally start the projects that have been waiting for me to find some ambition 🙂

  7. Michelle Phillips says

    Love the new look! Especially the faux crate drawer fronts💗

  8. Donna says

    I love this makeover!! I really like furniture pieces with casters too!! Great job!

  9. Cathy says

    I absolutely love it…You did a wonderful job. .Also love your blog…

  10. Rebecca - Knoxville,TN says

    Great makeover, so practical and love the color combination!
    How did you know what size screw to use to secure shelf to exterior sidewall? I fear going all the way through.

    • Larissa says

      Thanks!! I added interior supports to keep it strong and sturdy.

  11. Diana says

    Larissa, this part of your blog is my absolute favorite. Just wishing you lived in our part of the country!
    Beautiful makeover!

    • Larissa says

      That’s so fun to hear, Diana! 😀 Thank you so much for the smile.

  12. Kaycee F says

    Hi Larissa, what a great beverage bar! I love the faux crate drawers with your typography. Your HomeRight sprayer creates a great finish and was a timesaver on this project.

    • Larissa says

      I had such fun giving it some whimsy. You will love this sprayer for sure! 🙂

  13. Chrissy says

    I really should just bite the bullet and buy the sprayer. I keep telling myself all of these projects will eventually get done but…here we are. lol.
    I’m currently working on an office remodel. WFH life has me missing my kitchen table so it’s time to reclaim that spot.

    • Larissa says

      haha! Been there…really. You will love every dollar spent on it, Chrissy. So worth the investment.

  14. Sandra Steele says

    I love all your furniture flips and am especially in love with this one! I have a hard time thinking outside the box and you certainly did that with this project! Gorgeous! I look forward to every blog post to see what you have been working on! You have such talent!

    • Larissa says

      You’ve made my day and then some, Sandra. Thanks so much!

  15. Deanna says

    Your beverage cart turned out awesome! Especially love the drop leaf. Like you, I’ve never developed a liking for coffee, but love the smell. Sweet to hear that your mom got in on the staging. And……I love your line that your “yard is glittered with autumn”. That’s the truth. Have a lovely fall!

    • Larissa says

      I couldn’t wait to share it with everyone because it was fun to do. Thank you!! I just love autumn too. Enjoy. 🙂

  16. Fran says

    I absolutely LOVE this piece!!! Wish I had room in my home to use it. Always amazed at your talent and ability to see what others (like me 😉 cannot!.

    • Larissa says

      Wahoo!! You and me both. I never have excess space, but these kinds of things are so handy.

  17. joann Collins says

    I love how this turned out , You do a great job on everything that you do. You are an inspiration to all us. I have a couple of dressers that I now have a vision for. Thank you very much for that.

    • Larissa says

      How sweet of you to say such kind words, Joann. Thank you!

  18. Mary Loveland says

    Love the beautiful top and drawers and the drawer hardware; don’t know why you didn’t stain the cupboard doors! The silver looking knobs look out of place to me. No matter what, another fine piece of furniture saved! Well done Larissa!

    • Larissa says

      Umm…refinishing louvers would be like hell on earth. haha. Paint for me! 😀 The knobs are not silver.

  19. Donna Gonzalez says

    Cute piece. I’m going to have to check out that drop leaf ginger hardware.

    • Larissa says

      It is really cool stuff that you can use for wall shelves too. Oodles of potential!

  20. Robin says

    It’s so great that you repurpose things! No landfill waste and you turn trash to treasure. So fun to see the transformations.

    • Larissa says

      I’m all about that. tee hee! Thank you bunches, Robin.

  21. Toni says

    As usual, you did a great job. It’s a beautiful piece!

    • Larissa says

      It was truly fun to share this already unique piece with all of you. Thank you.

  22. JANET SCHEN says

    I just adore this cabinet! Love the words on the drawers. It’s charming!

  23. Karen Wilcox says

    Great job!! I just moved and am painting my living room and dining room tables as well as all of my doors. That paint sprayer sure would come in handy!

    • Larissa says

      Thank ya, Karen! 😀 This sprayer will definitely help you knock those out right quick.

  24. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    Love how you turned that into a beverage bar. (something I never would had thought of)
    Just love seeing all your transformations. (do we now call you – ‘ Oh Mighty Clever One?” You truly are a Great Inspiration.
    At the moment I have nothing lined up to paint.
    Thank You for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

    • Larissa says

      haha! I don’t know if that should be, but it sounds like fun! Thank you, Colleen. 😉

  25. Melissa Storms says

    I am buying an unfinished pantry and would love to have this sprayer to finish it.

  26. Cindy says

    What a cute piece! I especially liked the info on the drop leaf hinges and the tip to add drop leaves to other things as I’ve been searching for drop leaf pieces but not finding what I want. It never occurred to me to just add them so thank you!

  27. Cindy B says

    I have an old nightstand waiting for some paint.

  28. Mary Mayo says

    Such a versatile piece! Drawers, dropleaf, storage! Don’t need anything else!

    • Larissa says

      Yes, that’s my thoughts exactly. woot! 😀 You’re so fun, Mary.

  29. Mary Mayo says

    Forgot to say I would use the sprayer for the inside of some furniture storage pieces!

  30. Sonja Hansen says

    We don’t drink coffee either, but I think it would be so fun to put a corn popper on the top, with corn and add-ons etc in the drawers. Your shelf was a good call. I never have enough shelves. It would be fun to put in a game room. Well, I can think of a lot of fun places to put it to work. I’m getting ready to paint my kitchen chairs. A super finish Max sprayer would be a great help. My hands are getting old and crotchety. Thanks for always sharing your fun projects with all. I confess that I look forward to them.

    • Larissa says

      You sounds like me. Popcorn is a delicious snack. I love that idea of a game room. One day I plan to have one for my family to gather. It sounds like this sprayer will be the perfect fit to help you enjoy your DIY’s.

  31. Cheryl B says

    I love that you’re sharing exactly which tools and where you get the hardware I absolute love the coffee bar of the way it turned out

    • Larissa says

      I’m all about teaching and inspiring and so want others to try too. Thanks so much!

  32. Angelina says

    Love your coffee bar with the contrast of the stained doors and painted base. I have an armoire I would love to do the same too with the HR Sprayer. I also have the kreg jig on my wishlist.

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Angelina. I just love my tools. My motto is #toolsoverjewels. 😀

  33. Marie-Interior Frugalista says

    What a sweet find – perfect portable island for a small kitchen! But even more perfect as a coffee bar. As always, you did an amazing job with its transformation!

    • Larissa says

      I truly wish I had a spot for it because it’s such a fun piece. Thanks so much!

  34. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Well darn, I missed the giveaway. Maybe next time. This little piece is so neat. I have never seen anything like it. You made it pretty.

    • Larissa says

      I do one in different forms monthly. Soon! Yes, I’ve never seen another like it either. Such a fun and useful piece.

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