Mini Coffee Bar Makeover


I don’t know about y’all, but I start my day with several cups of coffee.  Coffee has been part of my life since I was about 2 years old.  Yep.  I’m addicted.  I used to sit with my Memaw Teadoddle and drink coffee from cups with saucers.  We always spilled a little in the saucers so we could sip it up!  Since coffee is part of my regular routine, I like to have the essentials nearby.  Over the years I’ve collected random items to use as a sort of mini coffee bar.  This weekend I decided to try out some new paint and update everything.

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The Before

Now this is not like one of those fancy Pinterest coffee bars dedicated to all things coffee related.  Maybe one day!  Here’s what it looked like before the makeover:


This is just a trivet, spoon rest, shaker, and sugar bowl.  I “borrowed” the shaker from a grill set my husband got one year and I use it for cinnamon and sugar.  The owl spoon rest and sugar bowl were gifts.  The sugar bowl was part of a set, but I don’t know what happened to the rest.  I have no idea where I got the trivet!


There you have it – useful, but not all that appealing.  Let’s see what we can do to spruce it up a bit!


If you spend any time on the internet, I’m sure you’ve heard about chalk paint.  I’ve never used it, so I decided to buy some to try.  It recommends using a special wax or clear coat to protect the finish.  Here’s what I used:

It’s a little pricey, but it’s supposed to cover in one coat without a primer.  I found that a little went a long way!




Chalk Paint

I did buy a “wax brush” to use with the paint, but it seemed to big for such small objects.  So I stuck with a regular, wider, flat brush.  This color really does remind me of something “vintage”!


I had to use two coats to cover all the decorations on the sugar bowl and shaker.  The sugar bowl was not working out so well at first and I had to wash it off and start over.  I realized I was just trying to do many thin coats, which is not necessary with this type of paint.


I added 1 coat to the owl spoon rest and buffed off a little to see some of the orange (pic further down).

Gold Highlights

Now it’s time to add some gold!  This stuff is so easy to use!  Just rub some on with a soft cloth and you’re done.  An old t-shirt works perfectly for this and a little goes a long way.  It also suggests a protective covering, which is why I put it on before the wax coating.


I added the luster to the spoon rest and trivet.


I also added it to the shaker lid.


Then I added some to the lid, spoon handle, and details on the sugar bowl.  Once the chalk paint and metallic luster was dry, I brushed on a coat of the wax.  After the wax coat dries, it needs to be buffed with a soft cloth.  Next, I added labels with the gold paint pen.


I know the label says “sugah”, that’s how we say it in South Georgia!  The “C & S” is for “cinnamon & sugah”.  My made over mini coffee bar looks great next to my new red Keurig!  This was a birthday present from my parents – thanks y’all!


I’m thinking hand washing will be required for all of this because I don’t know how the paint will hold up to a dishwasher.  Not that I have one test it with!  Now I’m thinking of all the other things I can “makeover” with this paint!

Hope y’all have a Happy Halloween!  Stay safe and wear reflective clothing!

{Jeesh, I sound like my mom!}





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