The biggest surprise about moving into this house almost two years ago is that I have done almost nothing to it. In fact, I'm in the office right now and there are still two boxes sitting here that have yet to be unpacked. My husband told me we were never moving again so I have really felt pretty relaxed about making changes. I have the rest of my life to update things, and it's actually kind of freeing.
What wasn't freeing, however, was the mirrored, blue-tiled, rusted sink, broken ice maker wet bar. It looked like something out of American Hustle. As much as I enjoyed the movie, I'd rather my house not look like something off of the set. It had to go.
The mirrored wall was terrifying in the morning. No one should have to look at themselves pre-coffee.
One of our best friends, Bart Dodson, helped me come up with a plan to turn it into a coffee bar and I am so pleased with his work! He even made me a new cabinet door to hide the ice maker hole and it looks identical to the others.
He also added USB plugs because we use the counter as a charging station for all our electronic crap when friends aren't over. When friends are over, I hide the electronics and pretend that we aren't addicted to technology and that I would never allow my children to play mindless games on the ipad.
And, as you might imagine, this is the first place I stop every morning for my (first) cup of coffee. I still have some styling to do to the space - I need to add a little pop of color and maybe a floating shelf or two, but I am so pleased with my little coffee bar. It makes me smile every time I see it. And the good news is I don't have to see my smile reflected on a shiny mirrored wall ever again.