Friday, December 20, 2013

The coffee bar.

(update: welcome, if you've found this blog through Pintrest you're not alone, it's the most popular post so far and if you want to know how we built the coffee rack see this post.


Another project inspired by Pintrest. (what did I do before Pintrest, I really have no idea). Something I see all over Pintrest are little coffee bars people have in their kitchens.  They take an old kitchen rack, or dresser and fix them up and then take all their coffee stuff on the counter and onto the new coffee bar.  I've been looking everywhere for a little dresser or something to fix up.  We have an empty space between the kitchen and the dinning room that would be perfect for the coffee bar.  When we were on our anniversary in Traverse City we stopped by a Goodwill, who doesn't do that on vacation? At Goodwill we found this dresser, and I fell in love.
 
So we took it all apart and painted it dark blue. 
Then Adam lacquered the top of it.
And we added our coffee machines to it.
 Here's how it looks with our new coffee rack.

 
It was a pretty simple project, but for whatever reason it took us months to finish :) I've had it up since Thanksgiving and I have to say I really like it.  It's freed up my kitchen counter space, and the coffee bar is super cute. 
Happy Pintresting!
--R

Thursday, December 12, 2013

The coffee cup rack

Once upon a time I worked at a coffee shop.  Because of this job I found my love of coffee and of coffee mugs.  I bought mugs all the time.  I have so many mugs that they are in all the cupboards.  It drives Adam nuts because I have so many.  So one day on Pintrest I found this pin.
Coffee cup shelving! Brilliant! better than stackin them in cupboards!
I was inspired to make it.  So I talked to Adam and we figured out what how we could make it (he can build anything).
 
We took out our mugs, then measured and counted them and talked about how we wanted them to look.  Then Adam played around in AutoCAD and figured what it would like. 
 Step 1: create blueprint
We decided it was going to be 4 1/2 inches deep and 34 1/2 inches tall x 34 1/2 inches wide.  

Step 2: rip the boards to size
We started with a stack of 6 foot long pine boards.
 
 
 
Then they got ripped down to 4 1/2 inches wide.
 

Pepper always supervises.
 
Step 3: cut boards down to size
 
Here's what we cut.
amount- size
6 pieces -33"
2 pieces - 34 1/2"
25 pieces - 6"
 
 
Step 4: Paint the boards 
 
Step 5: Assemble the outside frame (used two 33" and two 34 1/2" pieces for outer frame.  We used wood glue and a mini nail pinner, and used clamps to hold it together over night.
 

 
Step 6: Glue and nail the rest of the 33" pieces inside the frame.  
Hold together with clamps over night.
 

 
Step 7: Glue and Nail in the 6" pieces according to the blue print.
Hold together with smaller clamps.
 We let it drive over night.
 

 
 
Step 8: Sand down all rough edges.
 
Step 9: Use wood putty to fill in any/all gaps.


 Step 10: Sand down the newly puttied joints.
 
Step 11: Repaint the entire thing!
No pictures at this point, we were too tired.

Step 12: Hang on the wall and fill in with mugs.


Adam and I love doing projects.  This is a project you could probably finish in a weekend.  We however took a couple of months to finish this.  Adam is a starter, so while we were working on this he was also working on the mantle to our new fire place, and our new coffee bar and he's always working on organizing his garage.  But despite all the distractions we finally got it done, and it looks great. 

I hope this inspires you to get some projects done!

God Bless
--R