Every time someone comes into my kitchen, they say the same things….
“Ooh. I like your tile.”
“White cabinets? Are they hard to keep clean with four little boys?”
“How do you get water from the fridge?” or “Can I help you load the dishwasher?”
“I like what you did there with the shelves.”
I can gather from those statements that 1. they like some of the choices I made and b. they question my ability to keep up with the boys and d. they are thirsty.
All of which are my similar thoughts about this room.
Across from the eating area is the pantry and this desk-turned-coffee-bar. It’s nothing fancy but I like it because each late-morning it is where I can gather some liquid strength for the day. And since the time I posted about it, it received a new addition….one that I know you will want to make for yourself and your coffee-loving family members and friends.
It’s the K-cup holder made of two pieces of wood. It’s so freaking simple that it’s kinda ridiculous. If you have a Keurig….you need to craft this bad boy.
The first thing you need is a rectangle of 1/2″ plywood. It’s 14″ long by 12″ wide. Then mark your grid so that you can evenly make your holes. The first horizontal line is 1.5″ from the top. Then do 4″, 6.5″, 9″, 11.5″. (it’s 2.5″ intervals if you are into that kinda thing). Then mark your vertical lines. They are every 3″ from the neighbor. Start your first vertical line at 1.5″ from the left hand side and then do 4.5″, 7.5″, 10.5″. Where the lines intersect is the place to drill the hole centers.
Using a 1 1/2″ hole drill bit, drill halfway down on the first side. (the 2″ drill bit is more pricey and the k-cup will sit further back but if you already have it, it would work too!)
Then flip over the board. It will look like this…
Place your drill bit center on the little holes and finish drilling the round holes. This whole mark-half-drill-flip-drill-more method will give you the cleanest opening.
Now cut your board for the back. It supports the leaning front. It is 3″x12″ and the table saw is really important here. The side that is longest is ripped at 12 degrees. See that piece in Jeremy’s right hand? It’s straight on three sides and the fourth side (the one that just was cut by the saw) is the angled side.
Sand everything down really well. (Yes I made this back in March when I was pregnant so NO MOM I AM NOT PREGNANT!)
Then after everything is sanded and smooth, you wall want to attach the angled board to the bottom of the hole-y board. Remember that the angle makes it so that it leans back at the top. Also make sure you attach it to the end of the hole-y board that has more margin (the top has less margin, the bottom has more).
I used Varathane’s Dark Walnut and then Rust-Oleum’s semi-gloss poly.
Once it is dry and smooth, it is ready for use! I think this would be a great Christmas gift, right?!
And it’s not expensive to make. I bet you could make a ton of these in one afternoon. Perfect for teachers that love coffee and for in-laws and for your brother that is completely disorganized (I don’t have one of those….I am the disorganized one….everyone in my family is nodding their heads right now). But at least I am well caffeinated 🙂
I do think that it would be adorable with trim and with stripes or even HUGE and mounted with little corner blocks to the wall. It’s options for modification are endless! Happy Building!