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DIY Coffee Bar and Laundry Closet Overhaul

Happy Friday!

Last weekend I spent some time completing a few projects we had on our list, and I am finally getting around to sharing them with you! They included a super simple coffee bar, and a makeover for my laundry closet. Just these two small changes have made the biggest impact! But first, a few thoughts on yesterday’s 5am gym workout!

kettle bell workout

My husband and I woke up bright and early to hit the gym. I think we’re both enjoying going in the mornings because the evening crowd is pretty intense. Intense as in, there’s never any open treadmills, all of the free weights are crowded, and most machines are occupied. Plus, going in the morning is like the BEST boost of energy! This morning in particular I steered clear of the treadmill because I was so dang tired, and figured knocking out a few miles on the bike would be safer for my wobbly zombie legs. After a little cardio, I focused primarily on arms but also added in some squats with the kettle bells and bosu ball. It. Burned! Marathon training, I will conquer you!

Easy Coffee Bar and Laundry Closet Overhaul

I was originally inspired by my friend Jana, over at Happy Wife Healthy Life, to set up a coffee bar. I had been wanting to do this for a while, but couldn’t quite figure out the perfect spot for it. But after a lightbulb went off, I decided to make use of our butcher block station, and create a designated coffee bar just off the kitchen instead of taking up counter space in the kitchen. Here’s how it turned out…

butcher block shelf

We added our coffee maker, coffee grinder, french press, sugar cubes, filters, ground coffee, and another grinder. Plus, some of my favorite mugs! Oh, and a fall candle, of course.

coffee bar

We drink our coffee black for the most part, so other than the occasional sugar cube, we just don’t add much to it. I’d like to add a few syrups maybe, or little packages of creamer though for our friends who do like to spruce up their coffee!

coffee mug storage

These hooks are lifesavers! This entire unit is from The Container Store and I was able to kind of pick and choose what parts of it I wanted to add on, including the shelf on the very top.

I think it turned out cute, and I finally feel like we’re getting some good use out of this shelving unit. Usually it just houses extra appliances and some of my nicer dishes, so transitioning it into a coffee bar worked perfectly.

Now for the laundry “room”. I don’t know why when we bought this house I didn’t notice the lack of an actual laundry room. I knew the laundry closet was at the end of the kitchen, but I figured it would be fine. Meh. Next house we’ll definitely have an actual room for our washer and dryer! The main problem was lack of storage. The owners before us had just simply thrown up a small shelf, and overtime that’s just not enough storage! I had been seeing on Pinterest ideas for adding storage to small spaces, and when I looked into my laundry closet and realized there was PLENTY of space for more shelves I just had to make it happen! Now, I can’t believe I waited over two years to do this!

Here’s the before…

laundry room

Pretty plain, messy, and absolutely no storage.

messy laundry room

And here’s the after…

storage shelfs

laundry closet renovation with shelves

Two 4′ shelves add SO much more storage!

laundry closet makeover with extra storage

The shelves were $11 at WalMart, and the boxes were $5 each. Not bad! The bottom two boxes contain paper towels, and all of my cleaning supplies that are normally kept under the sink. We have  a few friends with small children and it makes me nervous how easy it is to grab those chemicals out of the cabinet! So, up and off the ground sounded like a good idea. Plus they’re all in ONE easy to find place. The top left box contains basic “fix-it” supplies, and some extra little nick-nacks. The box on the right contains vitamins and other supplements I didn’t want all over my countertop, and the pink bag on the right is Truckee’s “diaper bag”.

I was originally going to paint the closet, but after Adam said it took three men just to squeeze in the washer and dryer, we decided it would be a bigger hassle than it was worth. So, I just grabbed some white paint and repainted a few spots on the wall where the old shelf was. And really, I didn’t want the next people who own our house to have to re-paint the closet if they didn’t like the color I picked. I’d also like to find a cute “laundry” sign to hang in the middle of the wall under the bottom shelf, and maybe a hook for the left wall to hang random things when needed.

Overall, I LOVE my new laundry closet, and now I’m not as embarrassed if my closet gets left open and we have company over! It’s not the cutest closet I’ve ever seen, but it’s practical!

On today’s agenda = an 8 mile long run! Wish me luck!

What are you doing this weekend? Have you done any big projects lately? How do you drink your coffee?

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29 Comments

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    JE @ Wandering Portlander
    September 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Love the new coffee bar setup! That is on my dream list for my kitchen someday. The coffee cups are super cute as well. Great job with the sprucing up.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Thank you thank you! Sprucing up feels good every now and then 🙂 I’m sure you’ll love having a coffee bar when you finally get to make one!

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    Heather @fitncookies
    September 19, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    They both look great! I can’t help but see eyes and a mouth with the paper towels and bin! haha It’s quite comical to me.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Bahaha, yes!! I hadn’t noticed that. Now, I can’t un-see it 🙂

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    Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes
    September 19, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    So cute! Love the coffe bar.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Thanks Chrissy! We’ve gotten A LOT of use out of it so far! So glad we finally just did it!

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    Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment
    September 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    Love your coffee bar! That is so cute. I love home improvements. They really do not always have to be expensive to have a big impact.

    I moved in with my boyfriend over the summer and painting is stil on our to-do list. Also, I have a few photo and scrap book projects on the horizon.

    Enjoy your weekend!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Thanks Lauren! LOVE scrapbooking and making photo books!!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    September 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Love love love your coffee bar, it looks awesome! 🙂 now you are inspiring me to organize my own laundry room! I organized two of my hallways closets today and my own closet + laundry room is now on the list!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks Jana!!! You were the original inspiration after all 🙂 Go you! Organization queen!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs For Food
    September 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Nice! I love that coffee bar, especially your cute mugs with the hooks.

    And yay for early morning workouts. Back when I tried to go after work, I hated how crowded it was!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:16 am

      I’m the same way, Kelly!! Our gym is so crowded at night, like, you have to wait for machines sometimes, crowded! When we go in the morning it’s practically dead!

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    Amy
    September 19, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I think your coffee bar is so cute! What a great idea!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Amy!

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    Emily @ Sweets and Beets
    September 19, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    I’m in love with your coffee bar! I’ve been looking for a cute way to store my coffee mugs — I collect them. Great inspiration! Plus your laundry room is so organized now! 🙂 Love it!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Emily! It was SO organized now. So much so that the other night I panicked because I thought we were out of paper towels, when in fact I had recently relocated them to the laundry closet! AH!

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    Nikki @ grab your kicks
    September 20, 2014 at 8:06 am

    LOVE your coffee bar! How cute and cozy, especially for fall. I would love to have on at our house, but we don’t really have room for it.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Thank you, Nikki! Finding space is definitely the tough part! Maybe you can clear off some extra counter space??

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    Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
    September 20, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Looking fab, and oh my gosh you have some of the cutest coffee cups.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Aw thanks Abby! Anthropologie!

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    cait @pieceofcait
    September 20, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    soooo cute!! i pinned something like this awhile ago.. love the idea!!!! 🙂 #coffeelovers

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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

      #coffeeloversunite 🙂

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    Brooke@SweetnSweaty
    September 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE your coffee bar. We are in the processing of building a home and I definitely need to steal shamelessly your coffee bar idea! So cute!

    I love DIY home projects. Great job on adding space to your laundry closet!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Brooke!! Steal it all you want! I pretty much stole the idea from someone else as well 🙂

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    jill conyers
    September 22, 2014 at 6:26 am

    You had me at coffee bar! I have a similar smoothie bar. Love the convenience and it looks great too 🙂
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

      A smoothie bar?! I think that trumps my coffee bar! Genius!!

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    Bree
    September 25, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Sarah, you always seem to have such diverse workouts going on at the gym! I’m a member of a $10 gym up here as well (possibly the same chain??) and although I love it, I end up feeling so intimidated and lost! I want to start working with kettle bells because I know they are little beasts. How did you start feeling comfortable in the gym and not feel as though you were going to throw out your back on new equipment!?
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      Sweet Miles
      October 9, 2014 at 10:10 am

      Hey girl!! Oh it might be! 10 Fitness? Hahaha, I am definitely always nervous about hurting myself when trying new things too! YouTube is your friend!! I’ve definitely sat on the mat with kettle bells next to me and just googled exercise ideas. Or, since I watch Biggest Loser a lot, I try to remember what they teach on the show. And other blogs too, of course. Also, trial and error. If it feels like it hurts or just doesn’t feel right, stop and try it another way!

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        Bree
        October 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        I totally try Biggest Loser/Extreme Weight Loss workouts. No shame. YES I do 10 Fitness as well, I love them! I recently did my free assessment and while I sure as heck can’t afford additional personal training, I loved it. If I was more ambitious, I’d come down and beg you to teach me things. But you’re always posting about 5 am workouts and I’m just not that extreme.

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