our little coffee corner

today, i finally get to show you the accomplishment of the first goal on my january goals list!!!

back in december, i got the hair-brained idea that i'd like to create a special corner in our kitchen exclusively for our hot drinks--coffee, tea {which i'm drinking a lot more of lately}, and cocoa.
when i'd visited my friend natalie in november, i'd quickly fallen in love with her coffee bar; but just hadn't considered it as a feasible option in our home...you know, the whole that would never work for me sort of thing.

when january rolled around with its theme of intentional in decorating and housekeeping,
that pesky idea of a coffee station just wouldn't let go.
and now, i'm glad it stuck around!!!

i'm so excited to show you our new little coffee corner!!!
when i finally conceded to the idea and began considering locations for the coffee corner, there were two cabinets that came up as possibilities.
this cabinet was already an open, display-style cabinet, which is what i was specifically wanting; while the other cabinet would have taken a considerable amount of work to get display-worthy.
i'm not saying it couldn't have been done, but when all the factors were considered, this was by far the more favorable option.

my hubby and i have been french press people for ages now, not owning a coffee machine of any sort.
while we didn't want to ditch the presses completely, we did want the convenience of an electric coffee maker.
my budget was limited for this project--limited meaning, as inexpensive as possible, while still maintaining quality workmanship and products--so i employed one of my favorite money-saving techniques--phone a friend.
we have a neighbor down the road that shows up here for coffee several times a week--i asked him if, by any chance, he had a spare coffee maker sitting around {lots of folks do, you know!}...and he commented that he had this espresso maker tucked under his counter that he had never even used!!!
he brought it down the next day and gave it to me!!!  free is my favorite price, y'all!
another friend saw on IG that i was considering buying a keurig and offered me her used model for $15.
it's just a one-cupper, and our coffee needs will quickly outgrow it, but it buys us time.  and that was well worth the $15 to me.
my husband works for nestle and can get a great corporate discount on their nespresso machines.  ultimately, that's what we'd like to get.  we're just doing our research and saving our pennies first.

the little yellow tea pot was a gift from natalie.  the sugar and creamer were gifts from my best friend, denise.  shine on art {by evie ivy} was in my swag back when i attended whatever craft weekend in 2013.

in one of the drawers beneath the counter, i store all my boxed teas--the kind with the bags not individually wrapped.

i've collected antique ransburg canisters in various colors throughout the years, and was thrilled to be able to use some in this little nook.
the large white canister holds my hubby's coffee--he can drink the jet-fuel, hi-test, real coffee...
and the smaller green canister holds my coffee--decaf--because i'm a total caffeine-wimp.

i had already purchased the have a cup of cheer print {from this shop} before i decided to create the coffee corner.
including shipping it was only $12, but i don't think that should really have to enter into the coffee-corner-cost, do you?
i mean, since it wasn't expressly purchased for this project?

i already owned the round red clock...
and as an avid thrifter, my mug collection is ever-evolving, but none of them count toward the cost of this project.
the wooden tray was a {gulp!} brand-new target purchase, and i almost choked at the $20 it cost me,
since i'm suuuuuuuuure i'll see one in goodwill next week.
but alas, i searched several thrift stores and just couldn't find a wooden tray, and this one did meet my needs perfectly.
so there.  a few more $$$ on the cost tally.

i bought this beat-up old bread box up in ontario, wisconsin, last fall when we were up there for our yearly pilgrimage to uncle tom's cabin {our uncle tom, not theeeee uncle tom}.
i think i paid $5 for it and even second-guessed myself paying that much.
the handle had fallen off and it was pretty scuzzy.
when my color scheme for this corner started including a bit of yellow and green, i remembered this relic tucked away in a dusty corner of my laundry room.  i dug it out, scrubbed it up, fixed its handle...
and now, needless to say, i'm thrilled that i plunked that lincoln down for it!

the bread box holds a bit of overflow from my tea collection.

cake stand, vintage yellow tea pot, and small green metal shelf are all thrift finds that i've had for ages, recruited for this new purpose {remember my mantra, friends--shop your house!!!}
small white berry baskets hold my individually-wrapped teas and were purchased on special last summer from one king's lane. {they have great specials...and if you sign up via my link above, you'll receive $15!!! off your first purchase!  and i'll get a $15 credit, too :)}
happy flags are from natalie's etsy.
and last but not least, that adorable little cross-hatch jar is theeeee smallest one i've ever found {and only one i've ever found that small}...i paid a whole dollar for that cutie up in amish country, too.

this isn't the prettiest picture of the bunch, but because i am always curious about this detail {and because a lot of posts leave it out}, i wanted to show you how this area fits in to the rest of our kitchen.
if you read yesterday's post, you'll notice that i still haven't hung that berggren bread board.  my bad.

so that's that!
according to my not-so-scientific calculations, i put the cost of this project under $40!!!

one little note that i think's worth mentioning...
i tend to put a lot of links in my posts.
some blog readers don't want to follow links...give me the post, the whole post, and nothing but the post, so help me God.
others like to jump around, following links here and there.
i'll give you one guess which category i fall into.

if you're of the former sort, feel free to just skip over all the links...
believe you me, i'll let you know if something is truly a matter of life or death.

so there.
i've felt like getting that off my chest for a while.
and now that i've said that, i want to say this...
this little project...this project that i was at first convinced wouldn't work at all in our space...
this little nook makes me smile sooooo big every time i see it.
please, do yourself a favor.  if you haven't already, take the time to read last friday's post.
and yes, that's a link you should click.
it may convince you to paint that cabinet white!
it may convince you to build a pallet headboard!
hey, it may even convince you to create a coffee corner in your kitchen!



  1. so cute! love this! we just did something similar...it created more space on the kitchen counters which is awesome :)

  2. That's it. I'm making a coffee bar.

  3. It's amazing😍 my favorite little part is the blue tea tin! And you are right we can often if not always make our space work for what we really love😊

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