All of our coffee-making things — grinder, French press, pour over and filters — are included on the first shelf to keep the top shelf from getting too cluttered. There aren’t enough of us in my household to justify a drip coffee maker, but there’s plenty of room to store a coffee maker as well. We’ve also started getting into drinking tea, so I made a basket of our tea bags, loose leaf and tea pots as well.
This DIY came to around $350, but I was on a time crunch and Ikea was all sold out of their butcher block so I had to spend about $100 more on the butcher block top by buying it elsewhere, but Ikea's Numerar Beech countertop is much cheaper. I ended up getting the countertop I wanted for this DIY later on when I was redoing the Winne's kitchen and Ikea is definitely one of the most inexpensive places to get a butcher block countertop. They're about $130, and I like it because it's wood and therefore really easy to cut to size, depending on your size needs. I was also thinking of getting the Ikea Sanfrid stainless steel table top and using that as the top, and it's even cheaper, at $99. It also has an industrial look, so it'd go well with this DIY too.
8 12-inch-long, ½-inch diameter black pipe nipples
8 1/2 inch floor flanges
4 1/2 inch Ts
32 1 1/4 inch #12 flathead screws
16 2 inch #10 roundhead screws
16 #10 flat washers
4 caster wheels (if you want to keep your cart from rolling, get ones with wheel locks)
4 2×4 blocks (4 inches long)
1 73-inch x 18 inch pine board (cut in half to create two 36-inch long pieces)
1 36-inch x 19 inch butcher block (mine is 1 1/2 inches thick; you can
find inexpensive butcher block countertop IKEA)
1. First put the caster wheels on the bottom of the bottom shelf. Pre-drill holes in the 4 inch 2×4 blocks. Make sure the holes for the screws are 1 1/4 inches from the edges of the pine board, so place the blocks on your bottom shelf to measure from the edges. The screws will be long enough to attach the 2x4s to the bottom shelf. Once all your holes are drilled, position the 2×4 blocks on the pine board bottom shelf and place the caster wheels lined up with your pre-drilled holes. Put the #10 washers on and screw the wheels on using the #10 roundhead screws.
5. Put the last four floor flanges onto the top of the nipples; make sure they’re tight. Put your butcher block on top of them, and again you can measure everything to make sure it’s centered, or you can eyeball it. Mark with a pencil where the floor flange holes are, pre-drill holes and then screw the top on with the #12 flat head screws. You’re done!