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The Addition Of A Gorgeous Coffee Bar Gave This Room A Much-Needed Makeover

If you’re anything like me, then you’ve come to terms with the fact that your body doesn’t actually work without coffee.

Devotees of this elixir of the gods plan their lives around morning cups and trips to the cutest cafes in town, but what if those two things could collide in the comfort of your own home?

If that sounds like Heaven on Earth to you, then you’ve come to the right place. Imgur user EvoLLLL decided that their space needed a facelift, so they paid beautiful homage to everyone’s favorite drinks by installing a coffee bar that doubles as wine bar. In other news, I’m probably going to move into their house. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

If you want to create a little nook that will make your house the go-to hangout spot, here’s how it’s done!

This is what EvoLLLL started with. Needless to say, it was a little dated.

First, they removed the shelves, mirrors, and trim.

Then the unit itself had to come out so that an outlet could be installed.

After sanding off the double-sided tape that was used to hold the mirrors in place, EvoLLLL chose an accent color for the frame of the cabinet.

New overhead lighting was next on the list. They purchased theirs at IKEA.

And what’s cuter than a chalkboard backdrop? Nothing.

EvoLLLL writes that using chalkboard paint is a total pain, so it’d probably be best to let each layer dry completely overnight for smooth results.

After that, the crafter created a wooden counter on the bottom and placed new trim on the three remaining sides.

For the sake of saving money and time, they reinstalled the original shelf.

To put their mugs on display and keep them within arm’s reach, they added a few hooks to the back wall.

And what coffee and wine bar would be complete without a few wine glass racks?

All they had to do after that was plug in their coffee maker and espresso machine to drive the cafe feel home.

Just don’t expect to make any frappuccinos here, folks.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I need one of these in my apartment as soon as possible. You can all come over for a cup!

For full details, be sure to check out EvoLLLL’s original post on Imgur.

He Took A Bunch Of Old Pennies And Turned Them Into Gorgeous Coasters You’ll Want!

Pennies are hands down the most annoying, useless bits of change ever.

Seriously, though, when was the last time you used any change for your grocery store purchases, let alone those copper fiends? For me, pennies used to be things that I just avoided and tried to pawn off on other equally uninterested people. I can’t blame those people for not wanting them, though. You can’t even use them in vending machines.

But when I came across this cool DIY project from Instructables user MrJB, my mind changed completely! You’ll understand why when you see the beautiful coasters he made.

First he gathered about four dollars’ worth of pennies.

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Then the crafter started gluing them together one at a time.

He formed them into hexagons to get a nice, rounded look.

To finish each hexagon, he added a layer of clean pennies around the outside.

The pieces with the older-looking pennies would be placed between the brighter ones.

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Next, he stacked four hexagons per coaster, spiraling them for a circular appearance.

Then it was time to glue the layers together.

But he wasn’t done just yet. For the last step, he smoothed a dollop of Vaseline onto the center of a tinfoil sheet.

This would stop the epoxy finish from bonding to the foil and ruining the coasters.

With everything ready, the crafter spread epoxy over each piece, making sure to coat all of the sides.

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After waiting 24 hours for them to dry, he used a utility knife to cut off all of the excess finish.

The only thing left to do was to test each one out. Fortunately, they were all great!

I had no idea pennies could look so cool!

I kind of need these for my home.

(via Little Things)

If you could mail me all of your old pennies, that’d be great. But if you’d rather save them to make your own shiny coasters, you can find the full instructions here.

20 High-Impact Home Upgrades That Are Deceptively Simple

Luxurious home upgrades are usually accompanied by construction crews, headaches, and insane expenses.

Because most of us can’t leave for a few months while people gut the place or drop thousands of dollars in the process, opulent upgrades typically never make it past Pinterest. Since home blogging is now a pretty big deal, however, plenty of options have opened up for those of us who don’t have wads of money to throw at contractors!

Here are 20 high-impact home upgrades that aren’t crazy difficult (and won’t break the bank).

1. Attics are usually dark and cramped, but covering yours from floor to ceiling in light colors can create the illusion of space. Throw comfy floor cushions around and make yourself a little oasis!

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2. Why waste all that space under the stairs? Install a bookshelf that’s functional and has visual appeal.

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3. Get rid of all the crap you don’t need in your backyard shed, add some windows, and create an outdoor getaway.

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4. Install a hidden mini fridge in your kitchen island for storing important things like white wine and beer.

5. Trade in your bed linens and opt for all white for a super-chic vibe.

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6. Create the least clunky kitchen storage of all time by building baseboard drawers.

7. Create a secret room by trading in your door for a hinged bookshelf.

8. Install accordion windows to bridge the gap between outside and in.

9. Make that spare room useful all the time by building a platform and using it for hidden storage.

10. Extend deck railings and get some barstools to create an outdoor bar for entertaining.

11. Upgrade that dingy linoleum floor with a quick paint job!

12. Carpet installation can cost an arm and a leg, so add some flair to your staircase with a DIY runner.

13. Make rooms look more spacious by attaching inexpensive framed mirrors to closet doors and painting them to match.

14. Add an unexpected pop to your living room by framing your TV.

15. Use tiered cake plates to store things like spices and toiletries.

16. If you don’t feel like spending a fortune on new drawer pulls, upgrade the ones you have with metallic paint.

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17. Use PVC pipes and curtains to create a cozy canopy bed.

18. Hang drapes on curved shower curtain rods to get the look of bay windows.

19. Add interest to your bathroom by mixing tiles. You could use small subway tiles for your backsplash and larger ones on the tub!

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20. Unexpected pops of color are always a hit, so have some fun and paint the inside of your closet.

The best part is that most of these projects can be done in one afternoon! Which ones will you try? That canopy bed is calling my name. Just remember that at the end of the day, making your friends jealous is all that matters.