I have been busy making my new workshop space really special for the ladies (and gents!) that attend my classes. I know a few hours to be creative is a real treat for tired moms and busy women. One of the things I knew I wanted in my studio was a coffee bar so I could serve Starbucks Coffees and grown-up snacks as well as serve catered food for the fancier classes we host.
I bought this kitchen island off of a Facebook garage sale group for $50.00 with my coffee bar in mind. Remember the last piece I bought off of Facebook? The island had a lot of storage but as soon as I picked it up from it’s owner I knew I had my work cut out for me. I wish I would have taken more up close photos of it because it was N to the ASTY. This baby had been used for years as evidence of the caked on grease and grime from preparing food on it for years.
I painted the body in Heirloom Traditions Naval and sealed it with Dark Umber Soft Wax. The previous finish was similar to the shiny laminate finishes many french provincial pieces have. I know Heirloom can stick to almost anything but between the grease and grime (which I cleaned with TSP like on this project) in addition to the uber slick finish made me skeptical it would stick to the surface. Errmehgahhhh, ya’ll, the paint went on like buttah. So smooth and zero adhesion problems. Two quick coats and a quick finish of Dark Umber I called this baby done.
Confession: The top did have a built in tile trivet. I had every intention of retiling it.
I bought all of the supplies and picked out some gorgeous tile to replace it. But after realizing I needed a tile cutter and spending over $100 in supplies at Lowe’s I was completely annoyed and covered it up with this blue tray. I have the supplies sitting in a pile in the corner of my studio trying to muster up the motivation to finish it!
I opened up the drawers by removing the faux plastic glass cover. It’s the perfect place to stash snacks so everyone in the class can help themselves to whatever goodies they like.
My mom made me some Anthro inspired tea towels for Christmas and the side towel bars have been the perfect place to hang them. Thanks Mom!
I bought the vintage Westmoreland Milk Glass plates from my neighbor at the shop and propped them up on old spools I bought in Canton and glass candlesticks from the thrift store.
Sidenote: My neighbor hosts a garage sale every Friday and Saturday. You can find the info on his sales here.
This $50 bargain turned out to be the perfect piece to treat my students to some yummy goodies during our classes. Don’t you love the Naval and Dark Umber combo? Navy is one color I just can’t get enough of.
I’ve added several new classes to our workshop line up – stop by our Workshop page to get all the details!