Coffee Central Color

So, back to “Coffee Central.”

When I told you about this project the other day, I mentioned that something was missing. That something is COLOR.

All of our mugs are white. Plain, boring white. In fact, I didn’t even include our {white} coffee mugs on the shelf because it was just too depressing.

I just displayed the espresso and latte cups.

So, we were on the lookout for colorful mugs to add to the brightest spot in our lives… the place that brings life to our veins… clarity to our minds… sanity to our craziness.

Okay, that’s a slight exaggeration. Jesus, each other and our babies are more important than coffee. Slightly more important, but more important nonetheless.

We searched high and low. We wanted eight mugs – since we entertain frequently and need that many handy. So, we didn’t want to spend very much per mug. $10 for these super cute owl mugs from West Elm was too much, for example. (Yes, it says they’re on sale for $5.99, but that’s only certain {boring} colors.) I also liked these monogrammed mugs at Anthropologie, but at $8 each they were a bit much and a little too frilly for Jason’s taste. They also feel a bit flimsy in real life and some of the reviews say they’re too hot when filled with hot coffee – so we kept searching. Then, we found them – for $5 at the mecca of all things cheap and trendy… Target.

This line of mugs has several different cities, but we chose Paris because we’ve been there together and our home has a lot of French inspiration throughtout it.

We accented with the red polka-dots because A) they’re colorful and fun and B) that’s a print popular in the cycling world – of which Jason communes. Cyclists know what I’m talking about – I can’t share more because it will give away another project we’re working on!

So, that’s coffee central. And here’s the budget breakdown for this project:

Reclaimed barn wood from Porter Barn Wood: $8

Set of 2 Metal brackets from West Elm: $29

4 authentic blue Bell mason jars from the last Junk in the Trunk Market: $32

Yellow bowl from Target (can’t find it online, but I see it every time I’m there): $12

8 Mugs from Target (also can’t find these online):  $40

Latte cups/espresso cups/coffee maker/espresso maker: already had

TOTAL = $121

Not our cheapest project, but a worthy investment for a spot in our kitchen that we use everyday – sometimes more than once a day!

So… here’s one last look at the before & after…

Who wants to come over for a cup o’ joe?

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.
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