What do you do when you see an old microwave stand out in the neighbor’s garbage? Well, if you’re me, you have your husband go get it, so you can re-purpose it as something else.
I wasn't sure what I was going to use the old microwave stand for right way, but eventually an idea came to me. I decided to use it in our guestroom as a coffee and snack bar.
To do this, I cleaned it up and refinished it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (old white paint and clear wax) that I had from a previous project. I like ASCP because 1) no sanding is required and 2) it is a great paint to use for distressed pieces of furniture.
I applied two coats of ASCP with my ASCP brush, one coat of ASCP wax with an old rag, and then I sanded the edges to make it look a little distressed.
I finished the piece with new glass knobs and decoupaged the doors with scrapbook paper and Mod Podge.
Lastly, I had to give my upcycled piece of furniture some purpose by making it a coffee bar for our guests. I bought a place mat for a few dollars at Old Time Pottery and put it underneath a small coffee pot and coffee mug stand from my first apartment. Then I went to Goodwill on the first Saturday of the month when everything is half off and purchased a set of coffee mugs for $.50 each. Inside the doors, I store extra sheets for the guestroom bed. On the shelf, I keep snacks, coffee, teas, and bottled water in a tray I purchased from Home Goods.
My husband likes to tease me about this project. He reminds me that we don’t run a bed and breakfast. But I do like having coffee and teas for guests in their own room when they come to visit.....and by guests, I mean family who come to visit once or twice of year and my mom who comes to visit me every few months. My mom looks forward to the chocolates and biscotti in her room when she comes to visit, so I think that this little coffee bar is a nice hospitable touch in the guestroom.
What can I say, I just want my house to feel like home when they walk into my house. Any little project that helps make that happen is a successful project in my eyes.