diy coffee bar accessories

Hi Everyone!  I hope you all had an awesome holiday weekend!  I’m here today with a pretty great tutorial on how I used a box of $3 chair pieces from an estate sale and made it into something completely useful and freakishly awesome.  This, of course, is my entry for The Cent-Sational Salvage Challenge!  #itscentsational

The inspiration for this project is that I am a coffee addict and I have no plans of ever stopping.Period.
 With that said, I really have never had a nice area to completely enable my addiction.  Plus, coffee bars are all trendy these days and I can totally be hip when I want to be!

Right now, my ugly coffee pot is sitting on a metal, Dollar Tree cookie sheet and a towel.  You know one of those ugly towels that you don’t care if grape jelly gets wiped up with it or you quick hide it in a drawer when someone comes over?  I do this because, I don’t want the coffee pot perking directly onto my pristine wood countertops.  I don’t know if it would do anything to them, but I don’t want to risk it.

This is my dilemma.

Here is my solution.

An adorable set of coffee bar accessories for someone just like me…And you… and EVERYONE!  These are ridiculously simple and easy to build.  I probably could have used a glue gun to put it together, but I didn’t.

Here is some of the prep work that needed to be done to harvest my useable chair pieces…

I removed the spindles by using a Japanese Saw and a miter box.  I was going old school on this chair.  First, I cut the spindles in half right under one of the little nubbins.  Then, cut them off of the chair top/bottom.

chair spindles



Now for the accessory tutorials…

#1- The Coffee Pot Trivet

Supply List:

  • Piece of scrap wood that will fit your coffee pot.
  • 4 small chair spindles or even dowels to use for the legs.
  • wood glue
  • drill bit the same size as your dowels/spindles

1.  I first trimmed all of my spindles so that they were the same height using a band saw.

2.  Second, I stained my board Minwax Dark Walnut.

3.  I measured how far down on the spindle I wanted to stick into my board.  Since my board was 3/4″ thick plywood, I only went about 1/2″ into the board.


Here is a tip-put tape on your bit to mark the desired depth.Then your drilling depth will be exact!#tips

taped drill bit to show where to stop drilling into wood

4.  Using a Q-tip, I put wood glue inside the hole I drilled and around the top of the spindle.  Place the spindle and put it right side up to level and to let the glue dry.  If you have a stubborn spindle, just give it a tap with a wood hammer or a piece of scrap wood until it’s in place.

5.  Once the glue was set, I used a little craft brush to paint the spindle legs Valspar Magpie.  I’m obsessed with that color right now.  Just painted two dressers that we are using for side tables in the master with it… Don’t worry, I’ll show you later.

6.  Then using the dry brush method.  I used a cheap-o chip brush and dry brushed white over the stain until I was giddy with joy.  This method is outlined below for more details.

Here is my coffee pot trivet.

coffee pot trivet



#2- The Coffee Cup Tree


  • 4″ wood nails- I bought a box for $1 at Habitat ReStore.
  • 1 spindle or dowel about 12″ long
  • piece of scrap wood for the base.  Make sure it’s stable enough so that it will not tip.
  • wood glue
  • drill with drill bit the same size as your nails.
  • vice/hammer to bend the nails

1.  To bend the nails, I first marked them with a dry-erase marker so that I could put them in the vice and they would all be uniform.  I love dry-erase markers because they just wipe off of EVERYTHING!

nails marked with a marker.


2. Then I put the nails in the vice and hammered them until they were at about 45 degrees.  That is totally an estimate.

bend nails in a vice

My awesome yard sale vice that I scooped up for $2!!!

3.  I marked my spindle/dowel where I wanted my nails to be placed.  Then cranked it into the vice for drilling.

4. Using a drill bit the same size as my nails, I drilled just a little way into the dowel on my marked spots.

Dewalt drill drilling into a dowel clamped into a vice

5.  For the stand, I simply drilled a hole slightly smaller than the spindle/dowel, added some wood glue and hammered the dowel into the stand so that it was nice and snug.

Hammering dowel into wood stand

6.  I gave the entire piece a nice sanding because it was ugly and I like my corners nice and rounded.  Then stained it with dark walnut.

7. When I was cutting the spindles on the band saw, I cut four little nubbins off of the spindles for feet.  So I just used wood glue and glued those to the bottom.

8.  I painted the feet Valspar Magpie and then dry brushed the stand with white.

9. Using a Q-tip, I put wood glue on the tips of the nails and placed them in the holes.  Allow those to dry at least an hour, then they are rock solid.

There ya have it, your very own industrial farmhouse coffee tree!  I like it!

diy coffee cup tree


#3-Coffee Supply Tray


  • 4 pieces of scrap wood in the same size- mine were 1 x 4’s that were about 9″ long.
  • a piece of 1/4″ plywood or lauan for the bottom that measures the square of your box.
  • brad nails/nailer or hammer and nails.
  • wood glue
  • spindles/dowels for legs
  • knob

1.  You first are going to create a simple box with your 4 pieces of scrap wood.  Put them together using wood glue and brad nails.  I clamped mine before nailing just for ease and since I was working alone. Don’t forget to wipe off your glue squeeze out.  Wood glue does not take stain.  Like so…

simple wood square clamped with Quick Grip clamps


2. Add your bottom piece using wood glue and brad nails.

square of lauan plywood

3.  At this time, I stained the box Minwax Dark Walnut and let it dry.  Then you are going to drill your holes in the same fashion as with the coffee pot trivet.  Use the tape trick so that they are all the same depth and your spindles will be even.

4.  Add your spindles/ dowels using wood glue and a Q-tip.  Set it right side up and make sure it’s level.  Allow to set for a while before moving.

5.  Now, I dry brushed the box with white paint using a chip brush.  All you do is barely put any paint on the brush, then wipe most of it off on the side of the can.  Lightly brush back and forth on your piece blending as you go.  This allows the wood grain to show through and be emphasized.

dry brushing technique

6.  I painted the spindles and this knob that I picked up at Habitat Restore for $.50 with Valspar Magpie. I love searching through the “knob box” at my ReStore.  I usually come home with at least 5 or six for my stash every week!  The knob was a brash ring on the outside with wood on the inside so I painted the brass Magpie and dry brushed the wood.  I think it works perfectly.

Painting a knob

7. Then just drill a hole into the center of your box for the knob to be placed.

Your finished!  Now you have adorable matching Coffee Bar Accessories!  Made from a chair!

matching coffee bar accessories.


  • Sue Pekarek

    I love coffee bars and accessories. You have definitely inspired me. There are now a lot of chairs out there desperate to escape from your clutches. I think this whole matching set looks wonderful under your open shelving

    • Erica

      Thanks Sue! I never realized how much I needed a coffee bar, but admittedly, I do drink ALOT of coffee. I have 3 kids- they make me tired 😉

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