Sunday, January 24, 2016

Faux Fireplace for the Booth

Closing in on the second month of running a booth. Its been an interesting adventure with much to learn. I'm currently working on a blog post about that experience and will post soonish.

I'm constantly asking myself, "How can I make this better? More inviting? How can I set our booth apart from the NUMEROUS other booths?" Its not a small store, its HUGE, which is great if you are a shopper...not so great if you are a booth owner. Anyways, I was totally inspired by a diy-faux-fireplace-indoor-or-outdoor found at Prodigal Pieces. Other Faux Fireplace ideas on my Booth Ideas Pinterest Board.

The idea hit that 1. a faux fireplace would create distinction from other booths, and 2. it gives us another shelf to work with.

From a design perspective, I was thinking that maybe we can create fun mantel vignettes to inspire people to buy our stuff so they can create a similar effect at home. This is trial vignette #1, not the most inspiring vignette yet, used all my creative juice making the fireplace.

(All wooden signs are my booth-mates,)

And in good timing, I found these two chairs discarded on the sidewalk. The larger one was cut up for its decorative arms and top. In the end, only the arms were added. 
Most of the wood came from my stash or other scavenged pieces, pallets, or from the 70% off bin at Home Depot. The only piece purchased specifically for this project was the mantel board. I wanted something sturdy and flat to use as a secure shelf. 

The fireplace hole is made of black construction paper with black burlap stapled on top. Tiny dabs of black acrylic paint cover the staples. EVENTUALLY, I want to add faux logs to the bottom, I just ran out of time this weekend.

And here she is, permanently screwed to the wall. The guy helping unload the stuff into the booth thought it was pretty cool. :) There is still some work to be done: the faux logs, the chimney, and the "smoke." And I want to add a small chair in front with an invitation to sit and relax for a is a big store and people will be tired from all that walking. We'll see if it works in helping boost visits & sales to our booth.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Comic Covered Cubby

Eleven and a half years ago we got married. Furnishing our first apartment was simple, we simply didn't have anything to put in it! And enter our first dumpster diving experience. My husband found a black tv console next to the dumpster, along with a cheap vacuum, both of which found new homes with us. "Its just temporary, until we get on our feet," we told ourselves. My dad got us a real vacuum for Christmas and that console kept following us from home to home.

FINALLY, we found a newer console, also a dumpster dive find, why mess with success, right?

Old console + comic books + mod podge (and sealer) = one awesome cubby/bench.

Used lighter colored pages in the back so the cubicles weren't so dark.

Totally forgot to get a picture where Batman's face is wrapped around the bottom corner. It was my favorite part of this project.

It went into the booth yesterday.
And it sold today. ~grin~

Friday, January 15, 2016

Greek Key Tray Makeover

Totally forgot to take a before shot because I wasn't planning on posting this makeover. Since opening the booth my time is limited when it comes to blogging (which I miss...). Anyways, this project turned out WAY better than I'd hoped for and just had to share it.

I found a similar tray like this one at the local thrift store. And the inspiration came from HERE via Pinterest. The only thing I did different was switch the type of tape. The painters tape on hand was too wide and I didn't feel like cutting in half, like the tutorial suggested. Time waster, right? Nope. There is always some thing new to learn.

Electrical tape was the perfect width, but little did I know that it would leave residue after removal. Extra time was spent with rubbing alcohol and q-tips to remove the goo without disturbing the paint. So much for saving time. haha

And here we are! This tray is sprayed several times with a spray sealer to make it more durable. And into the booth she goes!

This is the first time I've used the Greek Key pattern in any project. I rather like it, especially in the contrasting colors. Might have found a "pattern of the year" here, but time will tell. :)