We love to entertain. And, for me, the heart of entertaining is in the kitchen with the food. Our new kitchen is wide open to the living and dining areas, which makes me so happy! I don’t want to be shut in the kitchen while all the guests are elsewhere. This way I can still talk with people while finishing up the cooking or cleaning.
We have a subway tile back splash, white cabinets, an actual pantry (currently sans the shelves – another project for the summer), a big farm sink with the most awesome faucet ever, and some fascinating light fixtures that add a lot of character to the room.
Coffee and Tea Area
Besides moving in, the first project I worked on in the new house was our coffee and tea area. My husband and I have guests over all the time. One of those things that we provide to our guests every time they come over is tea or coffee. This was our set-up at the old place:
As you can tell from the photo, our coffee and tea area was all over the place at our old house. We had our teas and selection of tea infusers hanging on the wall. To the left of the stove was our espresso maker and to the right of the stove was our hot water heater (along with our toaster, spices, and fruits/vegetables). To say the least… our kitchen was very crowded.
Instead of this mess, I created an actual tea and coffee area! The tea now lives in its own drawer. The counter top above that drawer has a nice silver tray that was gifted to us from a family member. I still need to find two clear jars that can hold our ground coffee and our Persian tea, as those are our go-to beverages. The tray will hold the two glass jars in addition to all our fun tea infusers.
The DIY part of this project was the creation of the coffee sign! I bought a used frame from Goodwill for 99 cents plus tax and bought chalkboard paint on Amazon. I have a ton of chalkboard paint left, and I’m sure I’ll make use of it sometime. Any ideas for what else I should do with the paint?
I painted three coats of the chalkboard paint directly onto the glass. After the last coat dried, I put it back into the frame and drew the phrase and picture on with chalk. I’ll have to see how it holds up. I may splurge on a white paint pen if the chalk keeps getting messed up.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out. What do you think?
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