Re-Purposing: Do-It-Yourself Coffee Maker

In the past 3 years, I have gone through 3 coffee makers.

I guess a person has to admit they drink a lot of coffee when the writing on their “On” button of the coffee maker gets worn off in just a couple months. 😛

When my last coffee maker died about a year ago, I decided to go old-school and make coffee in a simpler, more economical way.

I grabbed one of my kitchen strainers, took a Corelle coffee pot and an electric warming tray out of our inventory and voila!  My new coffee maker was born!  (The inventory is our eBay Store, if you’re curious)

Do-It-Yourself Coffee Pot

All I do is put a coffee filter in the strainer, set that on top of the coffee pot and heat a pan of water on the stove.  When the water is boiling, I pour it over the grounds in the strainer and let it drip, just like it would in a regular coffee maker.

Do-It-Yourself Coffee Maker

It makes delicious coffee!!  I feel good that I’m keeping another coffee maker from ending up in the land-fill, plus I’m re-using what already exists.  Both the coffee pot and the warming tray are from the 1960s-1970s, and there is no reason they won’t last another decade or two.  The way I see it, it’s win-win!

Vintage Kitchen Canisters

Had to show you these vintage kitchen canisters my daughter found for me in a thrift store!  I LOVE the copper accents and since it’s a partial set, I figured having them hold my coffee and filters was a perfect way to use them!

An average coffee maker costs $35.00.  My bits and pieces cost around $10.00.

MONEY SAVED $25.00!!


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