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!