Kitchen Update + Coffee Bar

We recently bought a new (to us) house. A 1975 beauty with tons of character: vaulted ceilings, fireplaces, lovely natural light, and more space. As soon as we walked in, my husband and I fell in love with the home;  we saw so much potential to really make it ours. When we got the keys and moved in and started discussing what updates we would do, my husband said "Ok, just "Rachel" it!" and has trusted me every step of the way. He's awesome like that. :) Our style isn't really just one thing but a hodge podge of this and that. I'd maybe call it modern industrial meets farmhouse vintage.

Our project list is a mile long, but we decided to tackle the kitchen and dining room first because while most of the house is done in neutral colors, the kitchen and the dining room had a pretty loud clay red color going on. Now this is where I might lose some of you, but I love white walls. It is absolutely the photographer in me. Natural reflectors of light all over your home for dreamy every day life photos? Sign me up! So, we finally decided on a warm white color that ties in nicely with the existing granite countertops in the kitchen. We also replaced the light fixture over the dinette going for a more barn light pendant look.

The biggest change in the kitchen so far (besides the wall color) is the addition of our coffee bar. There was a little nook in our kitchen that was just perfect for a coffee bar- and if you know us at all, you know we love our coffee. I made some industrial looking open shelving using knotted wood and galvanized flanges, pipes, and caps from Home Depot for my home made brackets. Next, I found an antique dresser that fit the dimensions of our nook perfectly. So not only does it look adorable and work great as a coffee station, but it also adds extra storage space too. I mostly wanted to keep the look of the antique dresser as is, but it was missing a knob or two so we switched out some new glass pulls and called it good.

This station holds all of our coffee goodies and is a good step towards where we'd like to go decor wise throughout the house. Eventually we plan to paint the cabinets white as well to further brighten up the kitchen, but that project may be a ways out. For now, we'll just enjoy our morning cup of coffee at our cute coffee bar!