Earlier this year the Berry family requested a custom designed kitchen coffee cart for their home. They provided the dimensions to ensure that it would fit perfectly into their desired space.
I designed a 3′ wide x 3′ high x 13″ deep structure out of poplar and red oak. The Berry’s wanted a painted and distressed base with a stained and poly’d top. I used poplar for the base as it is a lighter weight hardwood, accepts paint easily and lends itself well to being distressed. The top is constructed of solid red oak, which has nice grain that will pop when it is stained.
There is plenty of storage with the ladder and solid shelves and 2 drawers. The shelves and legs are joined by mortise and tenon joinery; it is a simple and strong design that has been used by woodworkers for thousands of years. It was even used in the construction of Stonehenge.
I framed the drawers with poplar strips to add dimension to the drawer fronts. Here you can see the aged brass drawer pulls chosen by designer Jessica Salomone.
The solid red oak top was finished with an aged stain and sealed with poly. The base was painted black and finished with a distressing technique.
The finished product fits perfectly in this space in the Berry’s home – one of the perks of designing a custom piece for your home! (photo by Jessica Salomone). This project utilized a variety of finishing techniques to create this beautiful ‘distressed’ and ‘aged’ kitchen/coffee cart and I look forward to creating other distressed pieces. Please let me know if this peaks your interest and you’d like a unique cart or table for your home.