much anyone willing to take the first scary step inside. 🙂 As friends come in the door we will usually hang their coat (we live in Minnesooota!) and then ask the question, “What can I get you to drink…something warm?” 🙂
We might not be a Starbucks (or Caribou for that matter) but I have some killer skills at hitting the “on” button and brewing a fresh, warm pot of cheap coffee. Of course, not everyone is a coffee drinker
(or have decided that they aren’t coffee drinkers when they are at our
house. 🙂 So we have done our best to have other options
tucked away in the cupboards (like hot chocolate, apple cider, and assorted
year when we transitioned from being a family of four to a family of SEVEN, life drastically changed, to say the least. When friends came over
I could still manage to hit the brew button before they arrived
but trying to do much of anything else was a challenge. Chasing around
five little tornadoes while still trying to make hot chocolate…I’ll let you picture what that looked like! 🙂
my mind since our family transitioned.
- How can we create a space where people still feel right at home?
- The popular question of the night is always…”Is the coffee regular or decaf?” How can I let people know which kind I made?
there is the whole…not everyone is a coffee drinker, so how can I let
them know that we have other options in the cupboards?
always seem to be refilling our tree mug that holds six mugs…how can
we put out more mugs without it looking strange and creating a danger
zone for little kids?
- Personally, I really want
to create a fun, colorful space…much like a coffee house…how can I
do that on a budget and by reusing things I already own?
Last month, I posted about some ideas that I had been brainstorming for our dining room and I finally took action over the past two weeks to get ‘er done! Even through the good, the bad & the ugly…things finally came together.
are ALWAYS a possibility and when they both come together (even if it
means some crazy ideas) GO WITH IT! I was now on a mission to design our
perfect dining room space
(for our family) complete with our very own re-vamped, No Barista Needed, Coffee Bar!
- Finally replace the chandelier…my least favorite thing in the room!
- Switch around some curtains in the house to upcyle and give this room more of a bright and cheerful feel.
- Remove the plate rack and make room for a custom coffee bar, chalkboard display.
- Remove the doors, fill the holes, and paint the back of the shelves to bring in a fun accent color as well as create some added storage for the coffee bar.
- Add some unique art and re-do the coffee display (hopefully find some more mugs!)
- Change up the table setting to go along with the new coffee house theme.
Here is the transformation of how I turned, our regular every day dining room into a coffee bar atmosphere that will be welcoming to friends new and old!
The biggest addition was the custom chalkboard display. My inspiration for the whole design was the cup of java artwork to the left of the chalkboard, created by the talented Greta Sandquist. You can find other great pieces on her etsy shop here!
Making use of the buffet drawers was the perfect place to put all of the non-coffee drink options and give easy instructions on the chalkboard so that people would know where to find them.
My love for candles, color & coffee beans finally came together, all in one place!
- How To Create Your Own Custom Chalkboard!
- “The Writing On The Wall”
- Decorating The Coffee Bar!
- The Game Changer – The Coffee Pot!
Enjoy checking out the behind the scenes and…Make Yourself At Home. 🙂
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