Upgrade Your Kitchen With a Stylish DIY Coffee Bar

Need a space-saving solution for your collection of coffee mugs? Save valuable cabinet and countertop space and make this DIY display for about $25 in just one afternoon. Hang it on the wall, add some coffee-making essentials and create a chic self-serve coffee station.

DIY Coffee Bar

DIY Coffee Bar

Need a space-saving solution for your collection of coffee mugs? Save valuable cabinet and countertop space and make this DIY display for about $25 in just one afternoon. Hang it on the wall, add some coffee-making essentials and create a chic self-serve coffee station.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Materials and Tools

  • tape measure
  • drill with 5/8” Forstner bit
  • hammer or pneumatic brad nailer
  • pipe cutter
  • mallet
  • stud finder
  • #000 steel wool
  • (1) 1” x 4” x 8’ board
  • (1) 1” x 6” x 8’ board
  • (1) 1/2” x 5’ type M copper pipe
  • (12) S-hooks
  • 1-1/4” brad nails
  • 2-1/2” wood screws
  • paint or stain
  • clear gloss spray lacquer
  • 220-grit sandpaper
  • paintable/stainable wood filler

Cut List

  • (2) 1” x 4” @ 29” (side frame)
  • (2) 1” x 4” @ 18” (top/bottom frame)
  • (5) 1” x 6” @ 18” (back)
  • (3) 1/2” copper pipe @ 18-3/4” (hanging rods)

Measure and Cut Copper Pipe

Measure and mark 18-3/4" of the copper pipe and use a pipe cutter to cut three pieces to length. Simply clamp the pipe cutter onto the pipe and turn it around the pipe. Twist the knob after every turn to tighten the clamp. The blade will slowly cut through the pipe. Gently sand any sharp edges if necessary.

DIY Coffee Bar: Measure and Cut Copper Pipe

DIY Coffee Bar: Measure and Cut Copper Pipe

Measure and mark 18-3/4" of the copper pipe and use a pipe cutter to cut three pieces to length. Simply clamp the pipe cutter onto the pipe and turn it around the pipe. Twist the knob after every turn to tighten the clamp. The blade will slowly cut through the pipe. Gently sand any sharp edges if necessary.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Coffee Bar: Measure and Cut Copper Pipe

DIY Coffee Bar: Measure and Cut Copper Pipe

Measure and mark 18-3/4" of the copper pipe and use a pipe cutter to cut three pieces to length. Simply clamp the pipe cutter onto the pipe and turn it around the pipe. Twist the knob after every turn to tighten the clamp. The blade will slowly cut through the pipe. Gently sand any sharp edges if necessary.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Clean the Pipes

With the steel wool, wipe off any markings, dirt or grime on the pipes. Because copper is soft, be gentle or you may risk scratching the copper finish.

DIY Coffee Bar: Clean the Pipes

DIY Coffee Bar: Clean the Pipes

With the steel wool, wipe off any markings, dirt or grime on the pipes. Because copper is soft, be gentle or you may risk scratching the copper finish.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Seal the Pipes

To keep fingerprints and tarnish at bay, spray a couple of light coats of clear lacquer on the copper pipes. NOTE: If your S-hooks aren’t copper, spray paint them with a copper metallic paint to match the pipes.

DIY Coffee Bar: Seal the Pipes

DIY Coffee Bar: Seal the Pipes

To keep fingerprints and tarnish at bay, spray a couple of light coats of clear lacquer on the copper pipes.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Cut the Frame

Using the cut list above, measure and mark the 1” x 4” and 1” x 6” boards to length. Sand any splintered or rough edges with sandpaper until the wood is smooth.

DIY Coffee Bar: Cut the Frame

DIY Coffee Bar: Cut the Frame

Using the cut list above, measure and mark the 1” x 4” and 1” x 6” boards to length. Sand any splintered or rough edges with sandpaper until the wood is smooth.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Bore Holes for Pipe

Using a drill fitted with a 5/8" Forstner bit, bore three holes in each side frame for the pipe to sit into. Bore the holes about 3/8" deep, being careful not to bore all the way through the boards. Be sure to measure and mark so that the holes in both boards are identical, otherwise your hanging rods won’t be level or square.

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

Using a drill fitted with a 5/8" Forstner bit, bore three holes in each side frame for the pipe to sit into. Bore the holes about 3/8" deep, being careful not to bore all the way through the boards. Be sure to measure and mark so that the holes in both boards are identical, otherwise your hanging rods won’t be level or square.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

Using a drill fitted with a 5/8" Forstner bit, bore three holes in each side frame for the pipe to sit into. Bore the holes about 3/8" deep, being careful not to bore all the way through the boards. Be sure to measure and mark so that the holes in both boards are identical, otherwise your hanging rods won’t be level or square.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

For my coffee cups, the first hole is 2" from the top, the middle hole at 11", and the bottom hole at 20" from the top. If you have larger or taller coffee cups, you may want to measure and mark your own holes to accommodate your cups so that they hang freely, without bumping into the next row.

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

DIY Coffee Bar: Bore Holes for Pipe

For my coffee cups, the first hole is 2" from the top, the middle hole at 11", and the bottom hole at 20" from the top. If you have larger or taller coffee cups, you may want to measure and mark your own holes to accommodate your cups so that they hang freely, without bumping into the next row.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Construct the Frame and Attach the Back

Using a brad nailer or hammer, construct three sides of the frame (the side, top and bottom boards) and secure with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Always use wood glue when using nails to reinforce the joints. Next, line up the 1" x 6" back boards edge-to-edge and attach them to the three sides of the frame with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. You can also squeeze a small line of glue on each edge of the 1" x 6" boards and clamp them together.

DIY Coffee Bar: Construct the Frame and Attach the Back

DIY Coffee Bar: Construct the Frame and Attach the Back

Using a brad nailer or hammer, construct three sides of the frame (the side, top and bottom boards) and secure with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Always use wood glue when using nails to reinforce the joints. Next, line up the 1" x 6" back boards edge-to-edge and attach them to the three sides of the frame with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. You can also squeeze a small line of glue on each edge of the 1" x 6" boards and clamp them together.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Paint or Stain the Frame and Insert Pipes

At this point, you’ll want to go ahead and paint or stain the frame before you add the copper pipe. Once the paint or stain is dry, insert the copper pipe into one of the sides. Use a mallet to gently tap each one into place.

DIY Coffee Bar: Paint or Stain the Frame and Insert Pipes

DIY Coffee Bar: Paint or Stain the Frame and Insert Pipes

At this point, you’ll want to go ahead and paint or stain the frame before you add the copper pipe. Once the paint or stain is dry, insert the copper pipe into one of the sides. Use a mallet to gently tap each one into place.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Attach the Last Piece of the Frame

Position the other side of the frame into place and attach it with 1-1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Fill any nail holes with wood filler, sand smooth and touch up with paint or stain.

Hang the Coffee Mug Display on the Wall

Locate the studs in the wall and use 2-1/2" wood screws to screw the coffee cup display to the wall. Add the S-hooks and hang up your coffee cups.

DIY Coffee Bar

DIY Coffee Bar

Need a space-saving solution for your collection of coffee mugs? Save valuable cabinet and countertop space and make this DIY display for about $25 in just one afternoon. Hang it on the wall, add some coffee-making essentials and create a chic self-serve coffee station.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

DIY Coffee Bar: Hang the Coffee Mug Display on the Wall

DIY Coffee Bar: Hang the Coffee Mug Display on the Wall

Locate the studs in the wall and use 2-1/2" wood screws to screw the coffee cup display to the wall. Add the S-hooks and hang up your coffee cups.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

Complete Your Self-Serve Coffee Bar

Add your favorite coffee-making essentials to create a chic and stylish coffee bar station.

DIY Coffee Bar

DIY Coffee Bar

Need a space-saving solution for your collection of coffee mugs? Save valuable cabinet and countertop space and make this DIY display for about $25 in just one afternoon. Hang it on the wall, add some coffee-making essentials and create a chic self-serve coffee station.

Photo by: Jen Woodhouse

Jen Woodhouse

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