Farmhouse decor and coffee bars have been a very popular trend that I have been loving! If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to make a rustic-chic coffee bar to add to your home; you’re in the right place!
Derek and I just bought a home in May of this year. I have so many projects I want to do to our new home it’s hard to know where to start! I decided to get the ball rolling on our decor and DIY projects with this rustic coffee bar that I absolutely love!
I have been dying to have a coffee bar in our house. If you know Derek and I, you know that our love for coffee is real (so real that we currently have 5 different flavors of coffee creamer in the fridge), so why not have a bar dedicated to it in our kitchen? Most coffee bars will land you about $200+ dollars. I don’t know about you, but if I can find a less expensive way to make something that looks just as good if not better than the high end furniture, I am going to do it! This was a super easy and inexpensive project that I am in love with! This total project cost me less than $100.
I found this dresser on a Facebook garage sale site for $30. I forgot to take before pictures, so here’s the picture the seller had posted.
1. Remove Laminate
The dresser we got is made from particle board and covered with laminate finish. Removing the laminate is completely optional. I had Derek remove the laminate from the sides of the dresser, but we left it on the drawers and the top. I am really glad we ended up leaving it on there, because once it was painted and sanded, it left the darkness underneath that I was hoping for. If you take all of the laminate off, you’ll have to apply a dark stain before painting and sanding.
2. Sand, Sand, Sand
After all the laminate is off, you’ll need to sand the entire dresser. This is crucial when refinishing a dresser like this. If you don’t sand it, your paint will have nothing to grab onto and will end up peeling off. I sanded with 220 grit sandpaper with our electric sander. Doing it by hand would work too, but it’ll take you much longer. (This whole project took me about 5 hours.)
Once all of the sanding is done, you want to prime the dresser. I used the Kilz primer that you can find here. I used about a bottle and a half of this. Once the dresser is coated in primer you want to let it dry completely. I happened to do this on a very hot day, so the primer dried fairly quickly; about 10-15 minutes. If you are doing this on a colder day when the sun is not as hot, I would recommend giving it about 30-45 minutes. (PRO-TIP: You may want to put a tarp or sheet underneath your dresser so your husband doesn’t freak out when you have a white square in the driveway. 😉 )
Now, comes the fun part: painting and sanding. For the paint I used the Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra-Matte Paint in Linen White. You can find that here. I only used about three-quarters of a 30 oz. can. I did two coats, but let the paint completely dry in between coats (about 15-20 minutes). Once the dresser and all of the drawers were painted, the dresser was dry and ready for the second coat. After both coats of paint were on and completely dry, I got my sander back out.
5. Sand and Distress
The sanding part is going to be totally up to you and the look you are going for. I used a 120 grit sandpaper for this part. You want to sand the whole surface a few times, just to smooth out the paint. Then, you are going to take your sander and distress wherever you want to. This is where you get to be creative and have some fun! Once you have distressed your dresser to your content, you will need to put some kind of top coat on it to lock everything in and keep the paint from wiping away when you clean the top of your coffee bar. I used the Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte Interior Chalked Top Coat in Clear, that you can find here.
It’s finally time to make your coffee bar YOURS.
Find some cute signs, a few baskets, coffee cups, and of course coffee and you’re all set!
All of the signs pictured are from Hobby Lobby.
This is the final project! I am completely in love with how this turned out!