“Coffee Bar” Server w/Shelves – It Moved!

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If you read my blog, you might remember this old antique dresser I picked up at the thrift store and turned into a Coffee Bar in this post here. 

This one….

Coffee Bar Server BEFORE artsychicksrule.com

All the details on the actual dresser turned “coffee bar”, paint (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), graphics (The Graphic’s Fairy) are on the post in the link above.

So why am I posting about it again? No, I didn’t repaint it. Gosh y’all….I don’t repaint everything. (Just most things ;) )

BUT I did move it to another corner in the same room, my Dining Room.
And I also removed the framed area around the mirror and mounted the chalk board (formerly the mirror) on the wall above which I like SO MUCH BETTER.
I made & put shelves up for the coffee mugs to go on the wall to the right of the server as well.

I created a graphic on my computer with this cute saying I found online….and hand wrote it onto the chalk board. It’s a little crooked…what can I say, it’s done by hand. I erased and re-wrote that third line twice…and I still wrote it at an angle…ha!
Oh well, it has character, right?

Anyway, I’m loving it all.

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

It’s amazing what a change moving furniture around in a room can make. And it’s also amazing how just changing a few small things can create a big impact.

Here is it before the “move” with the chalkboard/mirror still attached to the frame and dresser…..kinda dresser-ish, huh?

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

How it looks now with the changes I made….and in the new location of the room. More coffee bar -ish now right?

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

It was originally directly to the right when you walked into the Dining Room from the Kitchen. It now sits in the far left corner by the Study entrance. (straight ahead from the Kitchen by the china cabinet-it now sits where the large green plant was in this post.)

Another view…… (you wanna see what I have in the drawers??? —> look here ;) )

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

We made shelves and added brackets from Hobby Lobby for the coffee mugs and some thrifty finds. The one on the top right was a $3.50 find, circa mid/late 1800’s from England.

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

Such a better placement in this room than before….and so much better with the mugs handy. ( I had them in the drawers, I still do actually…extras)

I DO have something planned for the space this used to sit in though. (of course, right? Right. )
….a ‘Bakers’ hutch. (pictured below-a $35 Craigslist find)

It has yet to get it’s “pretty” paint job, but rest assured,  it will soon.

And wait til you see all the goodies I’ve been collecting for it. Lots of fun, great, vintage stuff!
Hint: if you read my blog, you’ve seen some of it already.

"Baker's Hutch" BEFORE artsychicksrule.com

UPDATED: See the hutch makeover now, HERE.

And last one in the new location. New shelves & brackets…..aren’t those brackets gorgeous?

Coffee Bar Server from old $35 dresser!!! artsychicksrule.com

PIN this Coffee Bar server to save this idea for later!

DIY Coffee Bar out of old, antique dresser! Great idea! artsychicksrule.com #coffeebar #coffeestation

So if you get tired of something…or are feeling something “new”, just move your stuff around. (or paint it!)
You can try adding a new element to the arrangement (chalkboard on the wall directly, new shelves, etc).

Small (fairly easy) changes can make a BIG impact.

Which do you like better? The before arrangement or the after?

Be sure to check back in next week to see what I did with this $35 thrift store find! :)

UPDATE!!! See it now, here!


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  1. Nancy, this corner is so cute. I wish I had a fifth corner to incorporate this. I may have to make some changes ; ) I just wrote in a post that I will publish on Friday about how such a small, simple change has such a big impact on a room. Funny the change was in my dining room too. I would love to see a full shot of your room once your new fun find is done! Have a great day!

    1. Hey Kim! Thanks so much! I can’t keep anything the same long around here…just ask the hubby. ;) lol So funny you wrote similar!! Like minds, right? I hope to get ALL my rooms done soon so I can do full shots of all of them. (dreaming ha) Maybe one day! ;) Nancy

  2. Nancy, Perfect new placement and use of your new coffee server especially with those graphics!! Love the chalkboard now that its working on its own and also your message! You see I also love sharing coffee with friends! Your shelf reminds me that I have very similar iron brackets that I’ve never hung so now you’ve got me thinking! Its so amazing how just moving a piece to a new spot changes everything and gives one such a new appreciation and happiness! I’m trying to do that more! Thank Nancy and have a great day! Stay cool!!

    1. Hi Lynn, Thanks so much! Oh yes, use those brackets!! I have another set in the garage and I’m thinking of painting with off white and bringing the metal through for a different look. Maybe I’ll use them in the Family Room “reading nook” corner for books. (Picked them up at Hobby Lobby in SC…so wish we had one closer to us here!) Hope you are enjoying the sun, I know I am, we’ve had so much rain around here lately…my yard is a swamp! ;) Nancy

  3. I love your coffee station – so pretty and inviting! Yes, it is fun to, what I call, “shop the home” to create fresh new vignettes in other rooms. Just moved some tables from room-to-room and love how they appear so different in their new space. Fun fun fun!
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with that hutch.

    1. Thank you Marie! :) Oh, I love that…”shop the home”…yep, exactly! I’m looking forward to seeing what I do with the hutch too! ;) –>haven’t quite decide yet!

  4. How do you come up with these ideas? I love the new look. I have a similar chest with a mirror that I’ve been using in the foyer for hats & gloves storage but I always thought it looked to bedroomy. Detaching the mirror would totally fix it. Thanks for the idea.

    1. Aw thanks Aimee! Yes, I originally had the dresser in that first location but still with the mirror (not painted as a chalkboard). My husband actually suggested making it a chalkboard because he thought it looked too much like a dresser. That helped…but removing it completely and placing it on the wall above was the real key to taking the “dresser” look away a bit. Plus I think the shelves to the right help too. Now it looks like a little coffee nook. :) I think that will fix yours too! Nancy

  5. The chalkboard on the wall looks much better and changes the whole view. The whole package looks great & oh to have the space to be able to move furniture around. That would be fun!

    1. Hi Ellen, Thanks so much. I agree, it really does change the whole view! I like it so much better where it’s at now…it’s funny how things come together sometimes!

    1. Thanks Abby! I love it so much better too! Yes, I’m hoping to start on the hutch tomorrow! :) We’ll see though…lol

  6. Your coffee station looks like it could be a corner of a small cupcake or bake shop. Being in the furniture business it is really interesting to see how people re-purpose furniture or take furniture that is traditionally for one room and modify it to fit a whole new purpose. Smart move on using a dresser for the coffee bar, the drawers must be perfect for holding coffee filters, k-cups, and other coffee items out of sight.

    1. Thanks so much :) I love to use things in different ways than they were intended. The unexpected…keeps things interesting! And yep, that’s exactly what’s in those drawers. (I have another post about this dresser/coffee server that shows what’s in the drawers) Perfect place to store things!

  7. Ooh, that looks so great! I love the idea of a coffee bar! Can’t wait to see what you do with that steal of a bakers hutch deal. Whatever you do, it will be fabulous. Have a great weekend Nancy! xoxo, Sharon

    1. Hey Sharon! :) Thanks so much. Yes, it is so fun having that little corner of coffee! ;) Hope you are having a great weekend. xo Welcome back! ;) Nancy

    1. Hi Alicia, Thank you! I too love the added shelves much better, not sure why I didn’t think of it the first go round. ;)

    1. Hi Krista! Thanks so much….it really is a fun little spot. And even more so now that I’ve moved it and changed it up a bit!

    1. Hi Kelly! Thanks so much! :) Yes, it is so addicting. And I know Chalk Paint is really not intended for use as a chalk board but I have done several with it and it works wonderfully for that! Nancy

  8. Just popped over from Eclectically Vintage on Facebook to take a look and I love this piece as a coffee bar! I have a little dresser that has had many “lives”, and this might be a contender for it’s next purpose. This is so darling (and practical!) Thanks so much for the inspiration.

    Jeanette @ Creating a Life

    1. Hi Jeanette! So glad you stopped in :)
      Thank you so much! Yes, I think it works well and those drawers offer great storage for all of the coffee supplies (extra mugs, Kcups, filters, etc) I really do like it so much better in the new spot and with the changes I made. I think it’s definitely a keeper now! ;) Nancy

    1. Thanks so much Andi! You can also make tea in the Keurig. ;) I only drink coffee a few times a week…but it’s nice to have when guests come over. Nancy

    1. Hi Christina :) Thanks so much!! Yes, I only drink it every once in awhile but it’s great when friends/family are over!

  9. I’m playing catch-up, Nancy, so I’m stopping by to see what you have been up to and low and behold, I’m loving the move for your coffee server. Now it kinda just tucks back in that corner, but the server color really makes it pop. Looks great!

    1. Thanks Amy!! :) It really is tucked back into the corner nicely…I am really enjoying having it in the new spot :)

  10. Hi – I have an old antique dresser that I’ve been wanting to paint and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do. I’m loving this. I don’t plan on using It for a Coffee Bar – but needed to do something in the bedroom. I’m really toying with making it into a diaper changing dresser – or maybe I’ll just paint it and leave it for myself.

    My dresser is a zebra striped type of wood that is stained, it’s in really good shape and has a mirror that swivels above it and it’s attached to the dresser. The mirror is so old it’s now not completely clear – I hate to paint it but wouldn’t mind attaching it to the wall instead of the dresser – things to think about. Hmmmm

    Thanks for the great idea! I’m printing it off for my “wants” file.

    1. Hi Tina
      The piece sounds awesome! And yes, try attaching it to the wall instead. It’s amazing what a small change like that can make. :) I’m so glad my blog was able to offer some inspiration to you!! :)
      All the best!

  11. Both! I love rearranging. It’s ‘free’ and gives the feel of ‘new’…. Two great things! You probably were over-the-moon in love with the old….and now you’ll be equally in love with the new… What fun homemaking is!! Good job!! Keep at it!

    1. Oh you are so right Robin! It is fun and I do love moving things around for a fresh new feel! Thanks so much! :)
      Hope you have a great weekend!

  12. Thank you for the inspiration, I tweaked the idea from a dressing table being thrown out…
    Please stop by and see, I mentioned you on my facebook page, I hope you approve…. =)

    1. Hi Sharise! So happy it inspired you! Would love to see yours but I can’t see it on your page. You can send me a photo in email if you like! (contact form upper right of my blog page)
      Don’t mind at all that you mentioned me or mine on your page, by the way!! :)


      1. how do i send you a pic? i just posted the final color, but i havent found new drawer pulls and havent put the coffee makers on it yet, but it is ALMOST done!!! i just posted another pic on my facebook, you cant see it there?

  13. I hadn’t seen the before and after post of the cabinet but it looks really good! I especially like the chalkboard menu. Great job =)

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