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Upcycled Coffee Bar

Make your mornings a little easier by transforming a simple armoire into a station for your coffee fix. This unique project is part of our Refinish & Relove with Sherrie blog series, where our expert crafter Sherrie, shares her tips and tricks for transforming old furniture pieces into something new. Try this easy DIY furniture flip now!

This project features these great brands:

  • FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Logo

At a Glance:

Project #15606 Skill Level: Expert
supplies

Plaid Supplies

FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Chalk - Castle, 16 oz. - 34873

Number Needed: 1 $15.99
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FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - White Adirondack, 8 oz. - 34150

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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FolkArt Home Decor Chalk - Rich Black, 8 oz. - 34169

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Wax - Clear, 8 oz. - 34170

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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FolkArt ® Treasure Gold™ - Gold, 2 oz. - 3081

Number Needed: 1 $7.99
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FolkArt ® Home Decor™ Brushes - Chalk Paintbrush - 34907

Number Needed: 1 $15.99
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Folkart ® Brushes - Stencil, Premium, 1" - 5077

Number Needed: 1 $9.99
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Folkart ® Brush Sets - Artist Variety Set, 10 pc. - 50536

Number Needed: 1 $8.99
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Other Supplies

  • Old armoire with electic outlets
  • Large drawer pull for hanging the tea towel
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • 1" paddle bit to make large holes
  • Screwdriver
  • Jigsaw or circular saw
  • Wood glue
  • Wooden bowl
  • Hanging light pendant
  • 2 cut hooks
  • Large tray
  • 2'x4' 1/4" birch plywood
  • 2'x4' 1/2" birch plywood
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Clean soft cloth
  • 1" drywall screws
  • 1/2" finishing nails
  • Alphabet Stencil

instructions

  1. Remove doors and any inside component that doesn't make sense.  Make sure to hold on to the electical outlets that where located on the inside.  Place them to the side.
  2. Fill any holes left by screws with wood filler.  Once wood filler is dry sand it down until flush with surface.
  3.  Measure the inside dimensions to determine the size of the shelf.  Cut shelf from the 1/2" plywood.  Sand rough edges.
  4. Cut a set of 2" wide strips from the 1/2" birch plywood.  Then cut these pieces to the depth of the inside of the armoire.  These will be the two braces that hold the shelf up.
  5. Determine where the shelf will sit on the inside and screw the two strips, one on each side, in place. 
  6.  Measure the between the top of the shelf to the bottom of the top on the inside of cabinet.  Measure the width.  Cut the 1/4" plywood to these dimensions.  Sand any rough edges.
  7. The doors from this armoire were easy to cut in half to make a sign.  Not all doors will be made this way.  If that is the case then buy a unfinished wooden sign and paint it in the same way.
  8. Begin to basecoat the cabinet with Castle.  Paint the shelf as well.  Sand in between coats.
  9. Paint the 1/4" backing with White Adirondack.  Allow the white to dry and then add the black marks with one of the round brushes from the pack of brushes listed in supply list.
Glue the backing to the back of the armoire.Add some finishing nails to hold it in place. Apply a coat of clear wax to the cabinet and the shelf.Allow to dry and then use the soft cloth to buff.Drill a 1" hole with the paddle bit at the bottom where the electical cord will be running. Screw the electical outlet onto the back of the cabinet where the coffee pot is going to sits.
  1. Put the shelf in place.
  2. Paint the frame of the sign with Treasure Gold and the back of sign with Black.  Once dry. Stencil       "COFFEE BAR" in White Adirondack. 
  3. Tape off a 2" border at the top edge of the large tray located under the shelf of the Coffee Bar.   Paint above the tape with White Adirondack.  Once dry add the Black marks to the painted border.
  4. For the light fixture, make a hole in the bottom of the wooden bowl large enough for the plug from the hanging pendant to fit though.  This can be done with the jigsaw or by using the large paddle bit in the drill.  Pull the cord from the bottom, through the hole and out the top, which is actually the bottom of the bowl.
  5. Find the center of the underside of the top.  Screw in a cup hook
  6. Screw another cup hook in to back upper corner. 
  7. Drape the light fixture as seen in the photo.  Plug the light into the electical outlet attached to the inside of cabinet.

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No, FolkArt Home Decor Texture Chalk is for indoor use only.

Yes, it is highly recommended that you seal your project to ensure maximum protection.
Use Wax to achieve a soft, smooth finish with your choice of Clear, Antique or White. Wax should be applied every 6-12 months or as needed for high traffic surfaces. It is for indoor use only. An alternative to Wax is Matte Varnish. Use this on heavily used furniture. It can be used for indoor or outdoor projects.
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