New addition to the dining room–Tea/coffee bar
Several weeks ago we got an idea from Pinterest to have a coffee/tea bar in our dining room. It seemed like a great idea to solve a couple problems in our kitchen and dining room: the large blank white wall and limited storage and counter space in the kitchen. Since we have quite a bit of tea and coffee related items, this would actually free up a significant amount of space.
Inspiration from Pinterest:
We looked for tables/sideboards/buffets at a couple local antique stores but didn’t really find anything we liked in the price range we wanted. We considered purchasing the shelf/drawers/hooks in the original picture from Pinterest (it can be found at Hobby Lobby.), but wanted to look around first to see if we could find any other options that may work just as well for what we wanted and be less expensive. (If anyone is interested in the one at Hobby Lobby, just wait long enough and it will probably eventually go on sale for 40-50% off.)
A couple weekends ago we went to Ikea with just a couple specific things to purchase, but of course we were still going to look around for anything else that might go well in the house. We happened to come across a sideboard (made of solid wood) near the kitchen tables. It looked like a great piece of furniture to use for the coffee/tea bar. We still needed something to hang mugs on the wall, though. On our last trip to Ikea, we purchased a metal bar and intended to use it to hang up kitchen gadgets, but there isn’t really anywhere to put it in the kitchen where it wouldn’t be in the way and still be easy to get to. At first, we thought we’d just use it and buy some hooks to hang some mugs from, but then we saw the little baskets and those only fit on the narrower bar. This turned out just fine, though, since it was less expensive to purchase the bar, hooks, shelf/basket, and ceramic pot-type thing (a total of about $10) for the narrower bar than to purchase hooks and baskets to fit on the larger bar.
With the way this is currently set up, we can keep 8 mugs there–4 hanging and 4 on the wooden stand (hiding behind the sugar in these pictures–only 2 of the 4 are on the stand here). At some point, we may add another bar above that one to hold more mugs and tea. We will also be able to keep spoons available near everything in that ceramic container next to the basket. Somehow we left Ikea without thinking to go by the utensils to get some spoons just to leave with the tea and coffee. (Here’s a link to this project posted on Pinterest.)
We now have space to store several mugs, all the tea and coffee, and anything used to make tea and coffee, as well as finally having something on the big blank wall.
(Also, on the far right side of the table there is a bonus project from Pinterest–homemade ginger ale. )
We added a few cookbooks to the shelves as decoration (and again, as a better place to store them)–two that we already had and one that we purchased at TJMaxx with a gift card we received at a wedding shower.
Metal bar, hooks, baskets: Ikea
Baskets: World Market
Tea canisters: World Market
Looseleaf Tea: Dekalb Farmers Market
We added this project to The Pinterest Challenge being hosted by Sherry of Young House Love, Katie of Bower Power, Erin of House of Earnest, and Ana of Ana-White.com (other links will be added as they are posted). Go visit their blogs to see their projects as well as all the other Pinterest inspired projects being submitted.