I’ve always wanted a tea & coffee bar in my kitchen. I have days where I drink a lot of coffee and then other days I drink a lot of tea. I love different fruit teas and different flavored coffee, but I’ve noticed even if I buy it and put it inside the cabinet I won’t drink as much as I would if it’s sitting out, easy access and in eyesight.
The one thing I hate is clutter and I knew adding a Keurig and all it’s accessories along with my different teas, sugars, honey and nick knacks that need to be there for my enjoyment, it would be a mess and clutter up my kitchen. Something hat to change and I had to come up with a simple way that would fit our lifestyle, look good in the house and doesn’t look cluttered.
A few months ago, we build the kitchen cabinet and counters (another #DIY project) and I’ve used that spot for my Tea & Coffee Counter ever since, but my Tea addiction has grown and everywhere I find a new interesting tea, well… I have to get it. Same thing with Coffee and now I started with mugs. Can you believe it… I found super cute mugs with faces on them in Germany last month, yup I made the kids take them in the carry-on on the plane so I could bring them back to the US. But they are SOOO cute ( NOW… don’t tell me they have them here, too…!…lol).
I found a simple way to add some shelf’s to the wall and let me tell you, it was super simple, took me about 3-4 hrs (incl. paint time and dry time) and these babies were on the wall. Price was very affordable, too; however I goofed and thought I really should have three shelves, well in reality only 2 fit my space; so for the three shelves I paid about $45 in material at Lowes. Not bad at all.
Mine are 9×30; but you could make them any size you need. This is what you need for one shelf.
2 2×4 30 inches long (your front and back)
2 2×4 9 inches long (your two sides)
3 2×1 9 inches (support in the middle.. you can use more, less up to you)
1 Plexiglas 9×30
Stain of your choice, I always have antique walnut
Screws to put the shelf’s together
anchors for drywall (if needed)
I had all the pieces including the Plexiglas cut at Lowes to size. Was easy, I had no mess at home and no worries if I buy too much wood or not enough. They cut it for you, they may charge a small fee; for us it was like $.97 for all the cuts together. Not bad at all. Worth it, especially for the Plexiglas cut.
Assemble like in the picture above; you can assemble them and then stain or first stain and then assemble; whatever you feel like. Let dry before hanging onto the wall.
I like the old rustic look, so I distressed my wood a little with scissors and keys to make it look like it’s worn and old, added more stain in places then others, wiped off the stain in some places sooner than others and so on; whatever you feel like is totally up to you.
We hung them on the wall like floating shelf’s; they have screws in the wood onto the wall… that’s it. very simple sturdy and holding all my tea and cups. The Plexiglas is laying on top; you can screw it down if you like, but I didn’t see the neat for it. It does look cool… looks like your items are sitting in the air.
That’s it… simple as 1, 2, 3 and all my items are neatly stored away and lots of room to grow for more tea. I’m looking for some baskets that I can add to the top shelf and put all my tea in and my tea stand fits perfectly as well. I’m loving it and looks perfect in the spot; what do you think?
Another project done and I’m in love with it, just like all the other things… What do you think… Like..??