Simple Coffee Bar

3 Materials
3 Hours
Does everyone have the same pet peeve as me? You go to make coffee and have to pour water into the coffee maker up on the counter, knocking into the cupboards, and you get more water on the counter and floor than into the coffee maker?? Making coffee is an everyday (sometimes twice a day) activity at our house, so we needed to find an easier way.
There is nothing as exciting as a trip to the used furniture store!! Especially when you find a beauty like this. This pretty little buffet was just sitting in the warehouse, calling my name! I wouldn’t have been surprised if a ray of sunlight had broken through the rafters and rested on it. :) I thought the buffet had “my coffee bar” written all over it!
We got the buffet home, and placed it on a blank wall in our kitchen. The puppy likes it, but I wasn’t crazy about the blue curlicues on the top. Time to get out the craft paint!
i wish I had taken pictures of the process, but it was just busy and kind of messy! I wanted to go for a faux marble look, so I painted the top of the buffet glossy white, let it dry, and taped off the edges. Then I dribbled drops of light gray, dark gray, and sky blue craft paint all over the top and used a dry paint brush to spread the paint, all in the same direction. The final step was to add a few black streaks, some drops of water, and a few white streaks.

It really was just a trial and error process. Don’t be afraid to experiment with paint. If you make a mistake, you can just let it dry and start over. :)
Here is a closer view of the “marble” look. The water drops and black streaks make the finish resemble authentic marble. After it dried, I removed the tape and covered the buffet top with several coats of indoor polyurethane. (Sealing is essential. As a coffee bar, the buffet’s top would continually be exposed to heat and moisture.)
Here is the little buffet all fitted out with its pretend marble top, our coffee maker, supplies, coffee cups, WalMart letters that I painted brown, and a beautiful Biblical sign from Hobby Lobby.

I cannot tell you how much easier it is to make coffee with this nice open space!! No cupboards to maneuver around in order to pour the water. This little coffee bar has turned into one of my prized possessions.
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