Do you love a good before and after? Well, I have a good one for you today. We took on the One Room Challenge and completed a total renovation of our Coffee and Wine Bar in eight weeks. participant’s rooms. I had such a good time participating as a guest for the one-room challenge this year. Be sure to click on the link above to see all of the other participants work.
After seeing the final results, I wondered how I lived in that dark, deary room for so long!
It was a lot of work, and I suppose I had put it off.
I am grateful for the one-room challenge that motivated me and helped me get the job done.
In addition, I appreciate Total Boat Epoxy and @Amerockhardware for sponsoring me for this challenge.
This is it, the before picture of our coffee and wine bar! This room sits in the center of our downstairs and has no windows, so it tended to be very dark.
An interesting fact, our home is a historical landmark, and a lot of the history of our home happened in this room. The city Postmaster lived in our home, and this room was the Postal room. This is where you would come to collect your mail and pay your taxes. Interesting, right?
Of course, this room has been updated since those days, and it was turned into a bar area.
It is open to our family room and is a perfect room for entertaining. For us, it serves as an extension to our kitchen and family room. Currently, we call it our Coffee and Wine Bar. This room tends to be where friends and family hang out when they are over. It’s the perfect place to put hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and dessert and keeps them out of the kitchen.
For the first step of the one-room challenge renovation, we had to remove everything from the room. UGH! this was the worst part as it all had to sit in the dining room and wait until we were finished to put it back. If you know me, you will know I don’t like to live in chaos like this.
Next, I created a mood board to inspire me. This board had the color pallete I wanted to use for my coffee and wine bar, along with images that inspired me and images of items I was planning on using in the room.
My color scheme was blue and white with pops of gold hardware (a tribute to my sweet mom who loved blue and white). The countertop and backsplash were to be white.
I was not up to replacing the countertops and tearing out the backsplash, so I came up with two fabulous ideas to fix this problem without tearing the old countertop and backsplash out.
Painting cabinets is a big job and not one I wanted to tackle myself, so I brought in the professionals from @touchupandfinishing. They did a fantastic job, and I am so happy!!! The hardest part of the painting process for me was choosing the color! Do you struggle with this too?
The paint store loves me, LOL! I think I bought twelve cans of paint before I narrowed it down to Normandy Blue from @BenjaminMoore. This was the perfect blue for me, not too light, not too dark, and just the right amount of grey.
Here you can see the body of the cabinets had been painted, but the doors had not been replaced yet. The painters took all of the doors to their shop to spray them. You can also see what a yellow cast the countertop and backsplash are giving the room; truly scary! lol
The third job for this one-room challenge was to pour the Total Boat epoxy. Yup, we poured epoxy right over my old countertops, can you believe it?
@totalboat was so gracious to sponsor me and supplied me with all of the epoxy to get this job done. This was such an exciting part of the project and I will be doing an entire blog post dedicated just to this process.
It took us approximately three days to complete the job. My dear friend Vanessa from @islandgirlewear was so gracious to come and help me. Vanessa is an epoxy expert and since this was a rather large job, I did not want to tackle it alone.
I won’t tell you the whole process, but I have to say it was so much fun, kind of like finger painting. I first painted the countertops with a particular epoxy undercoat.
Then we poured one layer of colored epoxy, and then another layer of clear epoxy.
Vanessa and I did an IG live while we were pouring, and you can view it here.
Can you even believe how good this looks? It indeed looks just like marble.
Once the countertops had cured for five days, it was time to work on the backsplash for our coffee and wine bar.
I think this was the most challenging part of the project. Thank goodness for our dear friends Dan and Kathy, who graciously gave their time to come down from Northern California to lead this part of the project.
Dan and David bought all of the materials the week before the painting started. This way, they could get everything cut and then the painters sprayed the pieces before they installed the backsplash.
However, electrical outlets needed to be changed from beige to white and a sink that needed to be seated again. According to the men, I had a long list, haha!
I am so appreciative of the help our friends gave us; we could not have done this without them.
The best part was that this backsplash was being cemented right over the tile, so there was no need to rip the old tile out.
Doors and drawers are back on, and you can really see how things are coming together now.
Lastly comes my favorite part. The icing on the cake!
I was so fortunate to have collaborated with @Amerockhardware for this gorgeous champagne gold hardware.
And I have to say I am so giddy to share these final reveal pictures with you!
Can you even believe this is the same room? I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am with the end results.
Lastly, if you want to try a renovation, I want to encourage you. You can do so many amazing things, don’t be afraid to try something new. Also, you don’t have to spend crazy amounts of money to get beautiful results.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed this project.
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