Our Hot Cocoa Bar {Plus More Inspiration and Links!}

Hey friends! 

I wanted to share with you a makeover I did on a piece of furniture in August.   I turned a hutch that I found on Facebook Marketplace into a coffee bar for our kitchen!

The kitchen in our “surprise house” on our property is pretty small and there is not a lot of counter space.   So I didn’t want to clutter up the little bit of counter space that we had with appliances like a coffee pot.  

I began to look on Facebook marketplace for a hutch that would fit in our kitchen and that could be used as a coffee bar station.  I found this one for $100…

For this makeover, we removed the doors…

And then cut out the lower shelf to make room for the coffee pot…

I was doing this makeover in a hurry, so I didn’t take pictures of the rest of the process,                      but basically I…

  • filled in the spaces (where the shelf was) with wood filler and sanded it smooth
  • primed the whole piece with Kilz primer
  • painted the whole piece with Sherwin Williams “Emerald” line of paint in the color, “Tricorn Black.”
  • Spray painted the hardware gold.

I loved how it turned out, but I knew that I wanted to add cup hooks to the bottom of the shelf for coffee cups.  We also don’t have a lot of cabinetry in our new kitchen, so I wanted to free up some cabinet space by putting the coffee cups in the hutch as well.

I found some cup hooks at Lowe’s and spaced them evenly under the shelf by screwing them in.  (Sorry for the blurry image below. It is a screenshot of a video I had of the coffee bar.)

This coffee bar has been a life saver!  We store coffee pods in the top drawer, and we store the toaster and other items in the bottom cabinets.

One of our traditions at Christmastime is to create a hot cocoa bar to enjoy during the season.  So I added some Christmas mugs, hot chocolate, and marshmallows to our hutch, and voila!  

I already had most of the items in my coffee bar.  But I did buy the four white mugs in the front from the Dollar General Store. They are so cute!  The have the imprint of a sweater design with reindeers on top.

From Hobby Lobby, I bought the Hot Cocoa sign, the canisters for the hot chocolate and marshmallows, and the tray they are sitting on.  All at 50% off, of course!  :)

The “tray” is actually a blank wooden sign that you find in the wood craft section.  It was just the perfect size for what I needed, so I made it into a tray.


We’ve already been enjoying this hot cocoa bar A LOT!  There’s nothing better than watching Christmas movies with a warm cup of cocoa in your hands.  YUM!

Our hot cocoa bar tradition started in 2011!  You can see our first one HERE.

Another one of my favorite hot chocolate bars HERE.

And the time we had it all on a green buffet HERE.

Do you have a hot cocoa bar in your home at Christmas?  

And if not, what is your favorite family tradition that you do every year at Christmastime?

I rounded up some Hot Cocoa Bar supplies on Amazon for you!  Just CLICK HERE or on the picture below!

*There are affiliate links in this post.


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