Yes, please. I wasn’t going to pick up my paint brush until after Christmas but….I just had to. I felt the need to de-clutter after Thanksgiving and it came to me that I should make myself a coffee bar. The piece could be used to store coffee cups, coffee, coffee pot, crock pot, toaster, and whatever else would fit and clear up some space in my small kitchen.
I just happened to have a long, narrow dresser that I hadn’t been able to decide how to finish. I knew I wanted to paint the drawers different colors due to the way the top drawer was made. So, Danny dug it out of our shed and we went to work. He cleaned it up and I started painting.
The piece (I call it a dresser, but not sure what it actually was) is made of pine. The top was in pretty good shape except for a couple of gouges and scratches. Danny sanded the top a little and smoothed it out and then I used my secret weapon: Varathane Water-based stain and sealer in Dark Walnut. I love this stuff. It goes on so smooth, really brings out the wood grain, and dries quickly. I used 3 coats, sanding lightly in between. It dries pretty shiny, though, and I wanted to use the semi-gloss water-based poly on the rest of the cabinet so I put two coats of it on after. The top is so smooth, with just a little sheen. I love the distressed look of the scratches and gouges.
Then, I wanted to paint the base gray to match my kitchen cabinets, which were Annie Sloan Paris Gray. So, I took some Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Winter Gloves” and mixed in a little dark “Gray Goose” and it came out pretty darn close. You’d never know they weren’t exactly the same. I painted the drawers the same colors I painted my chairs in the dining room. (“Sour Green Apple”, “Old Tin Barn”, “Trading Post”, and “African Violet”) I also bought some gray printed burlap at Jo-Ann’s for the doors and my daughter-in-law, Daphney, suggested adding chicken wire. I found that at Hobby Lobby. The chicken wire was the perfect final touch!
I’m very happy with the results. It’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve done….possibly because I get to keep it. That didn’t stop me from thinking, “Hmmm…I wonder if people would be interested in buying this coffee bar?” After all, I have a dining room set to match and I can always paint another table and chairs. : ) Nah…..I’m keeping this. For awhile, anyway. However, you never know that else will come up that I may want to paint just for me. But best of all, it has given me some counter top and cabinet space in the kitchen. Yay.
Meet my new coffee bar: