Continuing the ‘garage turned dining room’ tour, as the corner is rounded from the front French door entry, past the dining table and seating area toward the rooster lamp, to the right are two steps up to the coffee bar.
When I was designing this space I knew that I wouldn’t live here forever and wanted to be sure the design would be desirable for future owners too.
This area translates smoothly to any kind of bar. With its sink, undercounter freezer for ice-cream and undercounter fridge with ice-maker to keep cold beverages. It also serves wonderfully as a dessert buffet, and of course a coffee bar.
From the kitchen, it flows smoothly to this annex, making it very ‘user friendly’ to actually increase kitchen workspace, and give easy access to the second sink area when preparing large meals, or accomodate more cooks.
To visually confirm the connection to the kitchen, I painted the cabinets the same as the kitchen, put the same granite counters and beadboard walls on as well as the same wide plank maple floors in.
I designed and had the upper cabinets custom made to create the open display shelf below each of them. We’ve been collecting misc. vintage coffee memorabilia for many years.
In fact, this old coffee mill was the first one that started it all, 31 years ago my husband came home with it. He had accepted it as a ‘trade-in’ from a customer purchasing a vacuum from him. (Ha, he is still a great salesman, but has moved up to automobilesJ)
This antique drop front desk I bought a couple years ago at a flea market for $20. It was so cheap because it was missing the glass and the upper doors were falling apart and it had a little water damage. But still, it was a pretty darn good deal!
I re-glued the doors, lightly sanded and used Homer Formby’s refinishing on the wood, and then installed this ‘seeded’ style glass. I had Indianhead Glass cut to fit for me. Now it’s a sweet place to keep my cookbooks.
Remember these roosters? They were above the doorway in the kitchen leading to the sunroom, but when I lightened it up over there, this worked much better here, as it leads into the dining room which has more black and rooster accents in it.
I have two chargers flanking each side of the desk, to help balance the roosters on top that are wider than the desk. (We have 4 more of these chargers in the kitchen above the upper cupboards, to be seen later in the kitchen tour.)
One more detail I’ll highlight in the bar area is this enameled ladle set. We got this in Kennebunkport, ME area a few years ago, and it works great to hold paper towels above the sink.
Turning the garage space into livable dining room etc. space turned out to be a huge asset to this house, by increasing the floor space and adding so many benefits to how the house works now. We’re so glad we did this revamp!
I appreciate you stopping by.