One of my favorite things about being a military wife is having the crazy accurate ability to guess what year something happened by picturing the house/state that we lived in at the time. It’s a crazy gift, but ask almost any military wife and she will be able to do the same thing. And that is exactly how I remembered how old the table that I repurposed to become our new coffee bar is.
My hubby and I built it about 7 years ago as a tv stand. It has odd sized shelves, because they were built with the sole purpose of holding a cable box and a blu ray player. When I found this little guy hidden in the mess that we called a closet (thank goodness it is a gorgeous space now!), I didn’t really know what to do with it. We have plenty of furniture throughout our house…maybe even an overabundance of furniture so it seemed destined to be sent to the thrift store.
Until I made my morning chai latte.
As I was hanging out in the strangest of hidden areas in my kitchen (a tiny sliver of cabinetry and counter to allow for the fridge doors to open fully), it dawned on me that the tv stand could be a super sweet coffee bar!
A couple coats (okay, it was really 4!) of cream spray paint and a trip to TJ Maxx to find decor items and it’s like a brand new piece!
I love that the espresso machine is no longer hidden and that I can display our eclectic mug collection. The cookbook actually belonged to my mother in law. She received it as a young bride and passed it along to me, so I am beyond happy that it is no longer hidden in a cupboard with the rest of my cookbooks.
The clock and grasses came from TJ Maxx as did the coffee beans that I poured into clear bowls. The dairy jug was purchased from Hobby Lobby months ago and the tree mug was found on Amazon. With spray paint and decor items, I spent about $40 on our coffee bar.
Oh, and did you see the pretty printable in my frame? You can get it for free from my BFF Melissa at The Happier Homemaker!
Repurposing items is one of my favorite ways to furnish my home on a budget. Whether it be items that I shopped from inside my own house, like this table, or things found at thrift stores…there is beauty in every piece. Sometimes it just needs a little help to be loved in a whole new way!