Friday, May 29, 2015

The Coffee Station Labor of Love

I knew the small-ish rustic workbench I found at a flea market last month would make a perfect side table as long as I kept focusing on the finished product.  My first thought was to replace the ugly top with vintage yardsticks, but I only had about half of what I needed.  Plan B was to paint the whole thing and dress it up with one of the Old Sign Stencils from Funky Junk Interiors.

Repurposed work bench coffee station
I'm pretty darn happy that I didn't have enough yardsticks to cover the top; I'll just save them for a smaller project.

Here's the mess I started with:
repurposed work bench coffee station
Don't lose your lunch. I know it's bad. Real bad.  Here it is in the parking lot at the flea market right where I found it. The plywood top was peeling and rippled, the legs were a mess, the top was screwed on from underneath with the screws poking out of the top in all four corners. Ouch!  Lots of grime, spider webs, and lots of chunky splinters. What the heck...for $8 it was worth a try. 

rustic homemade workbench DIY coffee station trash to treasure
Chunks of plywood were peeling off the top, so I decided to flip it over and use the other side. I love the slot that was originally used to hold hammers and other tools.

rustic homemade workbench DIY flea market trash to treasure
I wanted to keep the industrial look of the legs, but they were such a mess. I taped off the wood, then painted the legs with Rust-Oleum metallic aluminum spray paint. The wood was painted with two coats of AS chalk paint in Old Ochre. Then it was time to turn this old workbench into a coffee station. I used the Coffee stencil that Funky Junk Interiors sent to me to try out. It was just the extra character it needed!  Clear wax was applied to the wood surfaces.

DIY repurposed hardware vintage trash-to-treasure
I attached an old drawer pull to each end for hanging some extra stuff.  Almost everyone thought these were drawers. 

trash to treasure flea market finds
Keeping with the industrial vibe, I replaced the protruding screws with bolts and washers. 

jadeite coffee mugs vintage hooks
A couple of old hooks in front are perfect for hanging coffee mugs.

old sign stencils tea towel stencil
An inexpensive cotton tea towel was stenciled with the cup and coffee bean portion of the stencil, then heat set with an iron to make it washable. 

transform a junky old workbench into a coffee station


MySalvagedTreasures repurpose upcycle DIY stencil
I brought it to the Pleasanton Antique Fair last Sunday, and I'm happy to say that this labor of love coffee station found a happy new home.


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53 comments:

  1. Wow!!! That looks awesome Betsy! Nice job. :)
    Susan

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  2. Wow Betsy, you transformed it! Love all the extra touches. I didn't know about the heat setting stencilling so you could wash it. Thanks!
    Brenda

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  3. That turned out absolutely beautiful! Love the tool slot as a towel holder, and those old hooks are fabulous. What a great makeover!

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  4. Heavens To Betsy, that piece was pretty ugly to start with. I love what you created.

    Sorry about the Heavens To Betsy - I had to say it.

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  5. What a cool project! Love that towel slot and the towel too. :) Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/05/28/home-matters-linky-party-39/ :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  6. What a great makeover, Betsy!!! The old owner should see it now. No wonder this beautiful coffee station sold right away.
    Hugs,
    Julia

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  7. Absolutely love it! Good for you in finding a way to salvage all that uniqueness!

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  8. You can come over and finish my school desk anytime!!!! Great job!!! xoxo

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  9. Betsy, I'm so glad you re-did this piece and I bet it flew off with a new owner quickly! It looks awesome. Love that stencil!
    hugs,
    Linda

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  10. What a great rescue Betsy-such a cutie now!

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  11. Your transformation of this piece is nothing short of amazing! It looks fantastic now.

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  12. Betsy, you know how much I love a good rescue and you knocked it out of the ballpark again. Love!

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  13. Well can't say that I'm surprised it sold! I would have been very tempted to keep it! I have a similarly yukked up table that I got out of a neighbor's trash when they were moving. Other than hosing it down I haven't done anything with it because I'm not exactly sure what I want to do. I swear I need a bigger house for all the c---! Love it as usual!
    xoKathleen

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  14. Splendid re-do and I would have snatched up your transformation in a hurry. I LOVE the industrial look and those coffee cups.
    Ann

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  15. So cute and very creative use of that old piece. I'm sure the new owners are just thrilled with it. I love the industrial vibe as well. Have a splendid weekend!

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  16. Holy,holy Cow. Your work turned out fantastic. How awesome that you saw something that I believe not anybody else could see. Unreal and lovely!!!!!

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  17. Heart heart and more heart, every bit of it! Somehow, the green mugs are the perfect pop of color. What a triumph of taste and talent,my dear!

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  18. Wow - What a transformation! I am not surprised that it sold. Someone went home with a prize.

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  19. This shows what you can do with 8.00 and supplies + work. It makes me want to look at everything with new eyes and a creative mind. I, also, like the hooks and handles you used to make the table function in a useful way. The new owner will find it functional and handy to have the cups right near the coffee machine.

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  20. Wow, that was a labor of love!!! What a great vision!

    Carol

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  21. Betsy you transferred an ugly duckling to a swan! I love the finished table. I am not surprised it sold.

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  22. What an incredible transformation! Don't you just love when someone else loves your labor of love enough to take it home?! A happy ending to a sad beginning!

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  23. You transformed that piece so beautifully, Betsy...LOVE it!

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  24. Wow...what an awesome makeover!!
    ~Cindy

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  25. Wow...I love that. Great job.

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  26. Betsy, you are a woman of vision to see potential in that! And an artist to create this.
    Amalia
    xo

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  27. This is wonderful! What a clever way to repurpose this.

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  28. Seriously... the cutest outcome EVER! That piece of potential was waiting for the right touch and you totally delivered. LOVE this, Betsy!

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  29. Betsy, OMG this turned out AMAZING. I LOVE how rustic the before was and how you completely turned it into the best coffee station. Love those stencils too. Thank you so much for sharing today at our Something to Talk About Link Party. Will be sharing for sure. have a great week, Lisa

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  30. What a treasure you've made! Just so cute! You had such a great idea! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty

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  31. Unbelievable, Betsy. What vision you have!

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  32. Hi Betsy
    I absolutely LOVE your transformation! I'm a huge coffee addict, and love to incorporate coffee themes to my projects. I'm sure the new owner is very happy.

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  33. Great job! And so imaginative :)

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  34. What a beautiful swan! Loved that you turned over the top and kept that wonderful slot ready for use, yard sticks would of been cute, but glad you went with the stencil (as a coffee station easier to clean). And using those bolts to reattach...pure genius !!! Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

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  35. This is so cute!!! I saw where Donna showcased it as well. Great job.

    Shannon @ Bohemian Junktion

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  36. Wow! You really work magic Betsy! Awesome.

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  37. Oh this is just fabulous Betsy - I'm not surprised it sold right away !
    Wouldn't that slot be great for vintage whisks or other kitchen " tools " ?
    xoxo

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  38. Absolutely loved this transformation! WOW! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  39. wow! Betsy, this coffee station is beautiful! you did such a great job transforming this old piece!

    catching you!
    gail

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  40. You're always doing something fabulous but this one takes the cake -- how gorgeous. I wondered if you'd painted the legs. Thanks for showing us all the details! I love it and I love it even more seeing the before!

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  41. Wow I really like this . Especially the small detail of using the nuts and bolts.

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  42. That is amazing! :) I want one so bad!

    Kristin // thepeculiartreasureblog.com

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  43. Hi, Betsy! I just wanted to come by and let you know that we loved this post SO MUCH when you linked it up at the #HomeMattersParty that we've featured it THIS week! Would love for you to come by and check it out! http://theroadtodomestication.com/2015/06/05/home-matters-linky-party-40/ Happy Friday!!!

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  44. That is adorable!!! Perfect for using outdoors, or just being able to have it in a small room and do double duty - I love it!

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  45. Betsy, what a makeover! I love that slit in the top as well. The stencil is perfect and I love the industrial flair it has. I have some vintage hooks just like those that you used hanging on the top of bead board in my basement bath. They are so fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  46. You are quite amazing. In my wildest dreams I couldn't look at that original piece and dream up what you did with it!! WOW! :)

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  47. You are Wonder Woman! It takes a special talent to spot the gem that was buried in that parking lot. You have turned it into a work of art! I am sure it is so happy in it's new home. You are a miracle worker.

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  48. It's absolutely adorable! I love the cute, little towel :)
    Hope you will share it with our party:
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2015/06/idea-box-thursday-link-party-14.html

    Hugs,
    Mila

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