Coffee Station

by Chris on September 8, 2013

As the holidays approach, I need to start thinking about all the guests I’ll be hosting for Thanksgiving. It’s the only holiday at our house, so I like to make sure it’s not only welcoming, but also efficient. A house with over 20 people in it can get a little chaotic. Since we love coffee (with all that Thanksgiving pie), I decided to make a coffee station. My Lowes challenge this month included getting ready for guests, and this certainly does the trick!

Diy coffee tray

My inspiration for this project was a peel and stick backsplash tile that’s stainless steel. Uhhh yeah…peel. And stick. Sold! Not only is it easy and sleek, but it matches our appliances. It had to be done. Coffee tray supplies

I basically built the tray around the 12×12 tile. I didn’t worry about mitering corners. I just measured out the sides from some scrap wood (from Lowes, of course), and finish nailed them to the base of the tray. I stained it with some Dark Walnut stain to match the dark tones in our floors.

Building a tray

To give it a little more of a tray vibe, I glued these little stainless hole plugs to the bottom. This way, the wood won’t scratch along on my countertops, and it looks more finished. I initially purchased some handles for either side of the tray, but I found I liked it without. Call me crazy.

Tray feet

To keep the look cohesive, I spray painted some terra cotta pots from the gardening section for spoons, sugar, and a little accent plant. I filled the spoon pot with coffee beans to help the utensils stand more upright. Aaaaand they’re coffee beans. Get it?

Coffee tray

An assortment of K-cups (yup–Lowes carries those too!) for my guests to choose from finishes it off. I love the look, and I love the purpose it serves! Bring on Thanksgiving! I wonder if Lowes carries turkey and stuffing…

Diy coffee center

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Disclaimer: As a member of the Lowes Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers network, I received gift cards to assist with this project. However, the thoughts, opinions, and ideas are all my own. 



cassie {hi sugarplum} September 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Love your little coffee nook!! And I had no idea Lowes sold k-cups?!? Happy second week, friend!

Jen September 9, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Love it like crazy! Great idea to do the tray with tile! Easy peasy clean up! And crushing on the great blue color choice! ♥

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you, friend! Easy peasy clean up–music to my ears. :)

Lucy September 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

This turned out great! Perfect to add tile!

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you, Lucy!

Shan September 9, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Oh my Goodness, how I love this AND coffee. What a cute and lovely little idea. Thanks for the motivation to do something thoughtful for holiday guests. I have until Christmas for mine! ;)

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm

Thank you, Shan! I hope it’s a success! Until then, I think it’s pretty. :)

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow September 9, 2013 at 11:25 pm

Such a cute idea. It’s like a nice way of saying, “Get you own coffee. I’ll be with you shortly.” ::Yawn::

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm

That made me laugh out loud. My in laws ALWAYS get up before we do (they’re so quiet!), so this way they can fend for themselves before we come down. It’s the least we can do since we’re sleeping! :)

Christina September 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm

I was trying to leave you a comment on your DIY Acrylic tray post but the “leave a comment” part wouldn’t come up. Just wanted to say that I did it for myself today and love it! Thanks for showing how something so simple can be so cute:

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Oh, I love it Christina!! Thanks so much for letting me know, and I’m glad I could help!

Jenna September 10, 2013 at 1:14 am

Cute idea! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Well of course, Jenna! Thank YOU!

Shana September 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I love the coffee station! This is such a neat idea… and it reminds me, I havent had my second cuppa today lol Have a good day! :)

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Ha! Thank you, Shana!

Mandy Hank September 10, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Your station is awesome! Almost makes me want to start drinking coffee. I am addicted to iced-tea so maybe I’ll make a tea station- LOL Have a great week!

Mandy @ The Hankful House

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Of course you can make a tea station. We drink all kinds of stuff, so there’s no limits!

Barbara Grooms September 10, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Nice idea. We’re all coffee lovers here too. Did you glue the wood bottom to the tile? Love the colors too. Will be using this coffee corner sooner than I think, with Thanksgiving just around the corner! Mom

Maria G. September 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Coffee station is a really necessary thing. It is not only useful but it also looks nice in the décor of the kitchen, especially a wooden one. I think that it can also serve as a tray.

Jacque September 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

This is such a great idea, I always love when my inlaws have a nice selection of coffees when we visit!

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:42 pm

It’s the little things, isn’t it? My mom always has apple cinnamon potpourri going when I go home, and I love it. Doesn’t take much. :) Thanks for stopping by, Jacque!

Katie R. September 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm

How fun! I don’t drink coffee, but I’ve started planning a tea station for our kitchen :)

Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm

That’s perfect! Coffee, tea, hot cocoa, apple cider–we drink them all!

Steph September 12, 2013 at 8:35 pm

So jealous of your coffee corner!!! Our coffee maker broke on Tuesday and I feel like I’ve lived the last few days half awake! haha! Thank goodness for daily starbuck runs!

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Chris September 12, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Oh my. I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but I don’t know that I could go a couple of days without it! Good luck. Stay strong! :)

Steph September 12, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I think I know my weekend purchase… now, if I only make it to Saturday!

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