I've been contemplating the idea of creating a beverage station/coffee bar for a while now. I liked the idea of storing all of our drinkware supplies in a central area that would be easily accessible to friends and family.
However, finding available space inside of an apartment can be quite a challenge. Thankfully, I just so happened to have the perfect spot within my dinette area.
As a self-proclaimed DIY newbie, I'm happy to say that my beverage station is finally complete! I have to admit, it feels pretty good.
Through the rest of this post, I will attempt to tell y'all how I finished this project. Let me first say that as a single mom money can get pretty tight. Therefore, I made sure to create this project with as little out of pocket expense as possible. So here we go.
I scoured garage sale sites for weeks before finding the perfect bookcase at my local Goodwill. It was ony$14.95!
By the way, did you know that when you donate your unwanted stuff to Goodwill, you not only keep it out of landfills but you also help to create jobs for people in your very own community? Do good while freeing up space. Can you say winning?
Anyway, after getting the bookcase home, I shopped around for my supplies. I purchased a Zinsser 123 Spray Primer, 3Mfine sanding pads, TSP wood cleaner, paint brushes, rollers, face masks, gloves and paint. There are two types of paint shown in the below photo but I only used the Sherwin Williams All-Surface Enamel.
My first task was to clean the wood with the TSP cleanser and allow it to fully dry.
After the bookcase was completely dry, I sanded the entire unit with a fine grade sanding pad.
Once I was done sanding the bookcase, I used a tack cloth to remove any remaining dust and debris. The tack cloth is specially formulated to leave a lint-free result.
Once all of the dust was removed, I put on my face mask and thoroughly sprayed the unit with spray primer. By this time, I'd spent a large part of the day shopping and prepping the bookcase. I was exhausted so I cleaned up, went to bed, and allowed the primer to dry overnight.
With the primer completely set, I once again sanded the unit before wiping it down with the tack cloth. Based upon everything I'd read, proper sanding and priming were essential to a nicely finished paint job.
It was time to paint! Woot Woot!
I must've read a thousand articles written about the best paint for wood projects. I settled on Sherwin Wiliams All Surface Enamel in a beautiful semi-gloss teal color. I specifically wanted a teal color to match my home decor.
Initially, I used a small paintbrush on the shelves and a mini roller for the remainder of the project. Let's just say I ended up using the mini roller for the second coat because it gave such a better finish.
Once again, I cleaned up and allowed the paint to dry overnight.
On the following day, I sanded the unit, wiped it down with the tack cloth, and applied the final coat of paint. I was pretty pleased with my work and allowed the final coat of paint to completely dry.
I did it!
Here's a pic of the finished and moderately decorated beverage station. Not too shabby right? Goodwill just might be my new favorite place for DIY. I love it and so does my family. Have you ever considered having a beverage station or a coffee/wine bar in your home?
I just might give this DIY thing another try. See you guys next time.
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