Wednesday, June 17, 2015

With Enough Coffee, I Could Rule the World

This bookcase/shelving unit has held many things over the last 25 years including children's books, dolls and teddy bears, school work, sport trophies, prom photos and finally some craft supplies.  I relocated my craft supplies, and saw this unit's great potential to be more than just a utilitarian bookcase.


With that being said, I poured myself a cup of coffee 
and went to work on transforming this boring bookcase/shelving 
unit into a one-stop coffee bar.  

I chose to work with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in three of their great selection of colors: "Timeless," which looks like light mocha, "Heritage," a beautiful and bright shade of orange [this project begged for a pop of color!], and Carbon for the graphics.
Pop of Color

After two coats of "Timeless" dried (which was very quick), I marked three sections of stripes, one wide and two narrow ones.  I followed the lines across the top and down both sides of the unit.
I painted the wide center space with "Heritage" and then using the dry-brush method, lightly painted the two outer stripes.  I also used a wet paper towel to remove some more paint until I achieved the look I wanted.

And then came the fun part:  peeling away the tape. I achieve the crispest lines when the paint is still wet as long as the tape is lifted off slowly.


Coffee Quote: Today’s To Do: 1. Get up 2....

After months and months of a love-hate relationship with my Silhouette Cameo, I finally mastered the art of creating a stencil.  I created an original "S.F. Coffee Roasting Company" logo. 


I varnished the entire piece with Americana Decor Light Satin Varnish.  It went on smooth as silk and dried to a nice matte sheen.

I scoured at least five stores for just the right hooks for my coffee bar.  I found the perfect ones on a ready-to-hang wood bar.  I unscrewed the hooks and re-attached them onto the top front of my coffee bar.  

I lined the shelves with bright orange paper, and added two long drawer pulls, which I found at Home Depot, to each side of the bar to hold dishtowels.  I got lucky with finding towels that coordinated perfectly with my coffee bar.

to the
S.F. COFFEE Roasting Company

Disclosure:  I was provided product from DecoArt but all opinions and ideas are my own.

As seasons change, so does the need for a new blog.  
Please visit me now at 

or just click 

to see new altered artwork projects and tutorials on a brand new web site.  

Of course, you can still visit this blog anytime to catch up on 
all my previous projects and tutorials
 for the holidays, summertime, garden decor, 
graduation and much, much more!

So happy to be featured here:

My Pinterventures  

Sharing at these fun sites:

Get Your DIY on [House of Hoff]
The Painted Drawer
House of Hipsters
Funky Junk Interiors
The Cottage Market
French Country Cottage
My Repurposed Life
Answer is Chocolate
My Salvaged Treasures
The Creative Exchange
Miss Mustard Seed
I Heart Naptime
MMM Block Party
the 36th Avenue
Merry Monday Linky Party
Coastal Charm
Art is Beauty
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Monday Funday Link Party
Dear Creatives
Mad Crafts
the Crafty Blog Stalker
Treasure Box Tuesday
A Stroll thru Life
Knick of Time
Moonlight & Mason Jars
Wake Up Wednesday
I Gotta Create
From My Front Porch to Yours
Katherine's Corner
This is how we roll


  1. I LOVE this! It would be a great housewarming gift for someone special :)

  2. that looks great, love what you did on the top.

  3. Pinned. LOVE the look. Great coffee centre and I love the stripes.

  4. Doreen,

    I love the new look of this book case turned into a coffee bar! Great colors and the stencil is perfect. I use my Silhouette Portrait for stencils all the time. I've got lots of tips if you need 'em.

    catching you next week!

  5. How creative and inviting! Looking forward to a great cup of coffee on my next visit.

  6. What a clever and creative makeover. Love the stencil and the and the colors you used. Thanks so much for sharing at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  7. Oh my gosh, I needed this post! I work from home for a legal office, run two online businesses, blog, and will be back in graduate school come the Spring, and often times can just get away from coffee is a must! Pinned! Have an awesome week!

  8. The title of your post cracked me up! I bleed coffee! Gorgeous coffee bar! Love the bright colors.

  9. WOW and WOW! I love this makeover project! I love me some coffee too! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Being a coffeeaholic, your fabulous coffee station caught my eye over at the Inspire Me Tuesday party. Love your coffee station and happy to find your blog!
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

  11. This is AWESOME! I love it. I can't get enough coffee. Thanks for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. I definitely have to Feature your awesome coffee station in our next party.
    TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. A great transformation.... it will be useful and attractive now. :)

  13. Hi, I am Ada. I found you from a link-up. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS COFFEE STATION. It came out perfect. Thanks for sharing it, today. =)

  14. That is precious! I would buy one of these...thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop...such a fun post!

  15. Brilliant! Coffee is one of my major food groups and LOVE what you did with this piece! Featuring when my party opens tonight.

  16. I saw your coffee station featured at The Answer Is Chocolate and had to come tell you how much I love it! You did a great job. Love the orange!

  17. This is such a creative hack for a basic bookcase! I love your coffee station idea, thanks for sharing it at #MerryMonday! Excited to see what you share next week!

  18. Hi Doreen! You are my featured pick this week on Merry Monday! Remember to come link up tonight starting at 6pm! :)

  19. Ohh soo fabulous
    BUT m lil space saving conscious
    it seems upper shelf is empty coz of hanging mugs
    love the strip art n ohh your towels r love

  20. Ohh soo fabulous
    BUT m lil space saving conscious
    it seems upper shelf is empty coz of hanging mugs
    love the strip art n ohh your towels r love

  21. I absolutely love everything about this fantastic makeover!!

  22. I love this makeover with it's pop of bright orange and those hooks for the cups are perfect. Pinning

    1. Hi Michelle,
      Thanks so much. It was a lot of fun to make over! I appreciate your commenting.


Thanks for visiting! I would love to know you stopped by.

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...