I’ve been wanting to do this project for a couple of months, but had a hard time finding the right piece of furniture to use. My initial thought was to use an antique piece for my coffee bar. I thought that would look best under the vintage window, but after scouring a couple of local shops that sell reclaimed/re-purposed furniture, I just just couldn’t find anything that would support my substantial coffee mug collection. Either the pieces weren’t the right size or the drawers were not sturdy enough to handle the weight of the mugs. So I abandoned my dream of using an antique 3 drawer chest and opted for a new buffet with glass doors – plenty of space to store and display all of my mugs. I am very happy with how it turned out!
Coffee Coffee Coffee
Drinking coffee is a big part of my morning routine. It’s an even bigger part of our weekends around here. My husband and I love sitting on the screened porch or patio and sipping our coffee as we browse social media, read a book or newspaper, and just ease into the day. The lower the humidity the longer we linger, so basically this summer we spent .0015 seconds on the porch! Gotta love summers in the South! So we are definitely looking forward to cooler mornings this fall! There’s nothing quite like a cool, crisp fall morning spent wrapped in a cozy blanket, drinking hot coffee (from a fall themed mug of course;) on the porch. Simply heaven. Check out this post for inspiration on adding fall decor to your screened porch (Gilmore Girls fans, like that nod to Lorelai?)
My Coffee Mug Collection
I totally blame HomeGoods for my coffee mug obsession! They have such cute and fun mugs and for every theme or season imaginable, and they are priced just right which it makes it hard to say no! Hence the need for more storage for my growing collection. Yes, it is still growing – I just can’t help myself. Now of course not all of my mugs come from HomeGoods, my mug collection has been expanding for 24 years, when my husband and I got married. My collection outgrew it’s former home (the kitchen cabinet beside the fridge) last winter so I bought a counter top bottle drying rack for overflow storage and display. I had fun displaying themed mugs on a small scale, but wanted to do something more. Like many of you, I spend many hours a week on Pinterest and started seeing some really great ideas for coffee bars and decided I wanted one for myself. Certainly a coffee mug collection as extensive as mine deserves it’s own designated space.
Coffee Bar or Coffee Station?
So, when I started putting together my coffee “area”, I couldn’t decide whether to call it a coffee bar or a coffee station. I wasn’t sure which one sounded better or made more sense; which one was most popular on Pinterest? Which one did most people say? I consulted my husband for his opinion since he was instrumental in putting this whole thing together (literally), and he went with “station” because he said, “a bar is where you are served”. I totally agreed with him, but my gut told me to go with “bar” because it seemed more widely used. Sorry honey!
It’s All In the Details
I’m not usually one to follow trends, not right away at least, but this one I liked – black and white Buffalo check. I jumped on the band wagon and ordered a black and white Buffalo check table runner for my new coffee bar (and maybe I ordered a couple of pillow covers too;) I typically prefer color, but this (sort of) neutral foundation will pair nicely with orange for the fall and red and green when Christmas rolls around.
If you’re doing a coffee bar, you’ve got to have some coffee signs! There are so many cute ones out there that I had a hard time narrowing it down. I finally settled on “Rise and Shine, It’s Coffee Time” and “All I Need Today is a Little Bit of Coffee and a Whole Lot of Jesus”, because, you know, who doesn’t need a whole lot of Jesus?! There’s also the simple “Coffee” sign above the window, just to properly designate the coffee bar area in the kitchen.
Since fall officially starts on Monday, I can finally pull out my fall coffee mugs! I’ve added two new ones this year (so far), the one with the green truck full of pumpkins and the one that says “Pumpkin Spice Latte”. They both came from HomeGoods. I think coffee tastes better in a cute mug!
We also got a new Keurig. Our old one was so loud that I felt like I was going to wake up the entire house when I brewed coffee early in the morning. I really like the silver color, it’s updated features, and it matches our appliances. A much needed upgrade.
In addition to the fall mugs, I added a “Happy Fall Y’all” sign, a few pumpkins, and a cute little orange polka dot bowl to hold some coffee pods. In my opinion you can never have too much orange!
I just love the tiny wooden pumpkins perched on top of the old window.
Farmhouse Coffee Bar
I had so much fun creating this coffee bar, adding a little farmhouse style to an area that previously housed a small desk – that became a catchall for clutter. I like this look so much better! Hopefully, my coffee mug collection will never outgrow this coffee bar storage!