Monday, September 17, 2012

Coffee Bar...

There are times when we have to change things around in our home to make life a little easier. Look at things and say...do I really need this or do I really use this enough to have it take up so much space.

This was a baking center that I put together out of an old desk and a top to an old hutch. Click HERE for the post. I painted it all black to tie the pieces together. I loved it and used it a lot when our family was busy. Our daughters are now away at college for most of the year, so the flow of family and friends is a lot less.

Truth be told...I don't bake that much anymore!! LOL. Just a few treats for my husband now and then or for something special.


What do we do on a daily basis, several times a day? We drink coffee and tea all the time. Hot tea especially on my day off.

A while ago, I swapped out the original hutch for an old shelf that stored paint in the garage. Added crown molding and painted it black. Now the shelf is larger.


Here is a picture from Christmas where I put the first, smaller hutch...on top of a buffet to serve wine for the holidays.


Back to the coffee bar...

Everything is right there at hand.


The wooden boxes are very old from my grandfather's carpenters tool box. They hold cocoa packets, sugar packets, Keurig coffee pods and tea bags.


Black cake stand holds sugar bowls and creamer. The drawer in the desk area holds all the travel mugs for quick coffee or tea on the way out the door to work.


What are those labels on the boxes?...blank switch plate covers from the electrical department in the hardware store.


Just used scrap booking letters to label.


Another long tool box holds all the mugs. Line it with something to keep them clean.


See the old baking center sign hidden on the right...it's sad it was kicked out. I need to make a new sign that says...Hot Drinks or something.



What's the "take away" info from this post today...

Change things in your home to make your life easier.

If you don't use it or need it...change it. All the "big" things in life make your day crazy and busy, so change a few small things and maybe your day will be a little easier.

Enjoy a cup of something today,
~Karen~

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30 comments:

  1. Seriously, your house is the cutest thing I've ever seen. I don't even drink tea or coffee but I totally want that hutch now! :)

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  2. I love a coffee station. We use ours everyday. The labeled boxes are perfect.

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  3. I love the thought of switching things around to suit your current needs. My house is the same......always! I think I need to REALLY look at some things, and make some changes! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Me encanta ese pequeño bar de cafe y te es precioso y muy praztico tenerlo todo a mano en un sitio.
    Un beso

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  5. Love your new coffee station! Great idea with the boxes and the lables, it looks really nice against the black. I so agree with ya about changing thins around the house. I do that a lot, maimly cause I can't afford new things all the time. So by covering or changing paint, it looks new to me. Thanks for the inspiration. But, I have to say that my fav are is still your gorgeous creative space. Sending blessings.
    xxx

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  6. Karen, that is so cool! Such an interesting post, thank you for sharing with us.

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  7. A fantastic idea! You are just so creative.

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  8. What a wicked cool way to use the hutch! I wish my home was big enough for a versatile piece of furniture like your hutch.

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  9. Great post! Your coffee bar is the perfect solution for your home! I totally agree with your advice: if it isn't working, change it. If you have a "problem," try to find a solution. Also: if something is "tripping you up" get rid of it! And the important thing is that this just doesn't mean "stuff"--it can also mean problems, routines, chores, etc.

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  10. Hi Karen! Thank you SO much for alerting me that I've become a No-Reply blogger thanks to that google plus switchover (Boo!). I knew there had to be a catch...I've switched my settings back to blogger, not google plus. I know you are very busy, but if you get a chance would you mind letting me know if I can now be replied to? Thanks so much for alerting me. I really appreciate it.

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  11. I just LOVE all of your creative ideas ! You have such lovely photos, clear and clever instructions, and fabulous results. Keep up the great work !
    (I appreciate your encouragement to make things "work" better !)

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  12. Sorry, me again...just checking if I can be replied to :). And I still love this post!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  13. I love your change! Great idea. You are so crafty.

    Pat

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  14. Ca-uuuuute!! How about if the new sign says "Hot Stuff." That would be so funny!!

    Judie S. (from the other side of this fabulous country)


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  15. For as crafty as I think I am... I sure would love to just hand you a Visa card and set you loose in my house. :)

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  16. This is gorgeous! How I wish I had room for something like this.

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  17. Absolutely beautiful! Just found you on a blog link up, newest follower, love the blog!

    Jan @Door251

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  18. Genius & gorgeous! I cannot tell you enough how much I adore your blog!!!!

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  19. Beautiful display and I love how you changed it to make it more practical too. You are right, we all need to sometimes think about how our lives can be made more efficient and at the same time so lovely to look at.

    Your blog is lovely.

    Karen

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  20. Karen -

    You are so inspiring! I love reading your blog and all of your ideas. I'm hoping your creativity rubs off on me. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to each and every posting.

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  21. Love it...it is beautiful and I love the way it has evolved to suit your ever-changing needs.

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  22. great idea...and i thought i was clever making this keurig cup holder!
    http://chezstitches.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-i-spend-my-days.html

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  23. This is a great idea, if I had a bigger house I would definitely be doing one of these!

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  24. I love all of your ideas for repurposing items. A baking center, coffee bar, wine server, all are so handy. What great ways to make functional items that look fabulous!

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