Industrial Work Bench Turned Coffee Bar

Hello!!!  I'm back with a new post and this one was a lot of fun for me!  

A couple years ago I bought an old printers work bench at The Elephant's Trunk in CT.  I paid a lot more for the piece than I wanted to, but there was something about it that I fell in love with.  The bench had writing on it from the person who used the bench as well as lots of marks and character that I'm drawn too.  

When I brought the work bench home the top was in pretty good condition, but over time it became covered in paint and stain from me.  It was a good height for working on so I used it a lot.  

Once we moved, I found I wasn't using the work bench anymore.  It sat lonely in the basement covered in miscellaneous junk.  One day I decided to reconfigure my kitchen area and add a coffee bar.  I wanted to move the coffee stuff off my counter and figured if I refinished the work bench it would work nicely.

Here are some before pictures of the work bench:

You can see it was well used and covered in paint and stain.  

I sanded down the top with 120 grit sand paper and the character started to show through all my layers of paint and stain.  It took some work, but it was well worth it.   After sanding, I stained the top in and apron in my favorite dark walnut gel stain.  I loved how the top was turned out, but I needed a shelf.

The work bench didn't have a shelf because it was used with a stool.  Luckily I had some reclaimed cedar boards I could use to build a shelf.

With my miter saw and some vintage nails, I added a shelf and some supports.  

To finish off the new coffee bar, I painted the bottom with Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan Decorative Paint in Pure White.  I watered the paint down and lightly brushed it on, then wiped it back.  Once it was dry I used 220 grit sand paper and distressed the piece.

To finish off the industrial look I added casters to the bottom of the legs.  This gave it a bit more height, plus made it a lot easier to move.  

The final step was to give the whole piece a coat of clear wax and I was done.

Here's the finished coffee bar!

Here you can see all the nails and character from years of being used in factory.

This is my favorite part!  The person who used this bench signed their name to the front.  I didn't want to sand it off because it added to the character and history of the piece. 

Here you can see the shelf I added.  It's a perfect place for my basket that holds our collection of Starbucks mugs.

The reclaimed wood goes perfectly with the character of the bench.

The casters add to the industrial feel and make it a lot easier to move.

For my coffee storage I use vintage canisters.  One of my favorite vintage finds is this real slate chalkboard I found at an estate sale.

This is the coffee bar's home in my kitchen.  It's right off our eating area.  I hung my EAT marquee above it to finish the look.

I'm love how this work bench turned coffee bar turned out.  My day doesn't start until I've had at least one cup of coffee!  This works great and frees up a lot of counter space.  Now we have a space for our coffee and the counter looks less cluttered!  

How about you, do you have a place for coffee making in your house?  Are you a coffee drinker like me?  

Thanks so much for reading!



Gift Wrap & Hardware IKEA Rast Hack

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Hello!!!  It's time for some fun with DIY and makeovers!  I have to admit to you that I'm a bit giddy about this project!!  I was lucky enough to be asked, along with 9 other bloggers, to work with Hickory Hardware on an IKEA Rast hack.  I was beyond happy to be able to pick new hardware, for my Rast dresser, from Hickory's vast collection online.  This girl was in hardware heaven!!!!

First off, Hickory Hardware sent me a blank slate, this IKEA Rast three drawer cabinet.

 This is a wonderful place to start!  The cabinet is only $34.99 at IKEA and is made of solid wood.

I'm sure you've seen lots of IKEA Rast hacks online and so had I.  I spent a lot of time researching other projects out there so mine wasn't exactly like another project.  I finally narrowed down my choices and found this gift wrap from Paper Source.  Once I found the paper, my decision was made, my hardware choices were easier and the color was a no-brainer!

I started by opening the box and putting the Rast cabinet together.  I used a drill instead of the wrench  included and this cut down my assembly time quite a bit.  Following the directions was a breeze and before I knew it I was done with the fist step!  I have to mention I'm normally not great at the following direction part so this was a shocker!

I went with library pull type hardware in brown windsor antique from Hickory Hardware.  It was hard to pick because there were so many perfect choices.  I also used a Key Hole Escutcheon also in brown windsor antique.  The antiqued brass hardware played off amazing with the paper and paint color I was using for this project.

I was provided with a gift card from Menards to use for supplies on this project.  I found everything I needed at my local store.  I used wood from their value section, which is wood that's been cut already.  I was able to get all the wood I needed for this project for about $8.

To add some interest, I added a piece of wood to the top and added trim pieces on the sides of the top piece.  For the bottom, I used 1X2's and attached them around the entire piece, but not the back.  I attached all the wood pieces with my nail gun.  I filled the holes and gaps with wood filler, then sanded the entire cabinet.

Once everything was sanded smooth, I dusted it off and gave the cabinet two coats of primer and I was ready for the final paint color.

Here's how the cabinet looked with two coats of primer.

I painted the entire piece in two coats American Paint Company, Born on the Fourth of July.  It was now time to decoupage my paper onto the drawer fronts.  I honestly thought this would be so easy!  Ummm no way, this was a pain.  

Here's the paper I used from Paper Source

The first thing I needed to do was line up the paper.  This made me took ages, but was well worth it in the end.  I began the process of applying the paper by coating the drawer fronts with Mod Podge and placing the paper on top of that.  My first attempt was a huge fail.  

After this mess, I had to sand down the drawer and begin again.  Thankfully I'd bought 2 sheets of paper!

Once I was done with applying to paper, I applied three coats of Mod Podge on top to seal it all.  While that was drying, I sealed the rest of the piece with sealer.  

The last step was to add the hardware end escutcheon.  Once this was done I stood back and instantly fell in LOVE!  Like for real....I'm in love with this piece and it's truly my favorite ever.  I put a lot of work into this and I feel like it paid off!

Here it is all finished and staged for some pics!

This project was a challenge, but I loved every minute of it. A huge thank you to Hickory Hardware and Menards for the gorgeous hardware and projects to make this happen!

Make sure you check out all the bloggers participating below!

Thank you for reading!