Sunday, November 29, 2015

Alphabet Kid's Table with Chalkboard Center

This is one of my favorite booth pieces. Love the colors, love the alphabet, love the tiny little chair. It was hard to part with, especially since I spent waaaaaaaaaay more time on it than I should have considering it is a sale item. As long as I don't figure in the hours and hours spent on the hand painted letters I'll have gotten a return for the financial investment. 

Found this sweet little table at the local thrift store for $7.99. Some had just literally dropped it off outside of the donations door and the associates hadn't even placed a sale price sticker on it yet. Timing was everything this fun find! Solid constructions and hardly any knicks or weird goo on it. The only drawback is the single chair. 
1. Washed it up
2. Coated with Kilz primer
3. Painted in two coats of latex paint in Rain by Sherwin Williams
4. Was looking kinda plain so I added a chalkboard center, which ended up looking like a record sitting on top of the table.
5. Added the Acrylic paints for the ABC's and chair spindles. 
6. Sealed in several coats of polycrylic. 

You can see the original stencils I started with, but it just wasn't speaking to me. While eyeballing four different fonts online I sketched out the ABCs. The pattern is 3 fonts and four different colors, so no font is the same color every time. I LOVE it! 

The chalkboard center has been a big hit! I went back a couple days later to add more items to the booth and the center had clearly been utilized by curious little artisans. :) 

Totally forgot to get a better shot of the chair back, but the back spindles are in rotating colors that match the ABC's.

Hopefully it'll sell before Christmas. Its currently priced at $45. I think its a bit high because it only has one chair, but then again, its a very unique piece with a chalkboard center.  My plan is to let it sit for a bit and then lower it if need be.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Wood Wrapped Black Shelf

This project is different for two reasons: 1. it doesn't fit my usual home decor, and 2. it is one of my introductory feature pieces for my very own booth! ~eek!!~ 
My husband has encouraged me over the past couple years to sell some of my DIY projects. I've  been hazy on his motivation for said encouragement. Either its because he thinks my projects are totally amazing and others would fork over their hard earned green just to be the proud husband wants our floor space back. Maybe its a combo of both. ~wink~ With the encouragement, financial backing, and the alignment of the planets (my own opinion) my booth opened just in time for seasonal shopping.

Just love it when people move
and give their stuff away for free. 
Aaaaaaaaaaaaand, I have a partner. A friend reconnected  an old MOPS momma and I because she knew we were both in the entrepreneurial mood. Its been fun! She has great ideas, beautiful handmade signs, and access to a recent barn sale (more on that later). Its been a great business match.

You can see the black shelf in the back. Clean, sturdy, and ready for a makeover.

Yes, its true. This photo is completely un-photoshopped. Such a beautiful thing! 

 I snatched the top two pallets...and would have grabbed more...but totally forgot that the back of the van was half full already with a stroller and folding chairs leftover from summer baseball games. Took a little Tetris-style packing to get those two pallets home. Live and learn, right?

The top pallet was in excellent shape, the nicest pallet I've ever come across, which made for easier cleaning and board selection. A few older pallet boards were thrown in for visual interest.  Wood glue and finishing nails secured the boards...and nearly doubled the weight! Its a solid piece for sure!
        Old book pages were Mod podged onto the back. I wanted to lighten up the inside to balance out the stark difference between the light colored pallet boards and the black shelf. It was good move, the book pages are the first thing people comment on when they see the shelf. 

And here it is in the booth at the local Flea Market & Antiques vendor store. The mason jars and coral bird picture are my friend's items for sale. Love her color choices.  

I had NO CLUE how to price things. So, after google search, which wasn't that helpful (huge price differences between Ikea and Pottery Barn) I met the prices in the middle and priced it at $80. Too high? Too low?

click here to see the booth
No clue, at all. The second time I ever walked into this Flea Market was to sign the paperwork...not part of my usual shopping, which is limited to the grocery store and thrift store. I would love to hear your thoughts on pricing items for a Flea Market booth. Thanks for your seasoned input!