Small Bench Makeovers

Good news, bad news. Good news, I am going to keep creating in some capacity. Bad news, I am closing my booth down after 11 months. It was time to cut my losses financially, I usually made rent and a tidbit leftover, but not enough to warrant the amount of time that was poured into making projects. And I found myself moving towards a more flea market/upscale yard sale look just to attract customers. If I didn't have three littles at home and had more time (and sleep), I would keep plugging away until I found the "formula" for success in my area. 

First craft fair booth. My spot was UH-MAZING and worth
the extra money for the premium location.
I can always go back when life shifts gears. Until then I plan on participating in craft fairs as a vendor and explore selling online. My first craft fair was two weeks ago and was successful. Made back the money I put into it and then some. I've already signed up for another craft fair closer to Christmas. For now, this outlet allows me to continue my hobby-turned-income.

Far too often I make things I end up wanting to keep. Which one
of these would you keep? Read on to find out which one I kept.
My favorite little corner of the booth was occupied by these cute little benches. The chair bottom was an illegal dump find that I forgot to get a picture of before the makeover. Both benches are painted with the same homemade chalk-paint but only the backless chair was heavily distressed. 

   I totally love this chair-turned-plantstand. So much so that I priced it a little high to discourage buyers (not the best sales technique I'll admit, but perfect for redecorating ones home). Its sitting outside my front steps now with the same plant perched on top. The frost has crept in the past few nights and the plant is looking rather frazzled so I'll have to find some other cute things to occupy it this winter. 

 These "free leaves" signs have been a popular item for me this fall and a terrific use of scrap wood.

The picture boards are repurposed fence board and I've only sold one in teal (see the top left corner of this picture). I think they are priced too high. Even in my other booth I was only able to sell these for $10-$12 depending on the size. Currently they are $15.

This bench went thru quite the transformation. It was a hand-me down of a hand-me down, a garage sale reject just waiting for some TLC. Sturdy and solid it was very dated. My youngest was a bit sad when I painted over the bunnies, he thought they were cute. I like the light gray with the dark gray grain sack stripes. The bench looks better lighter.

A during photo, pre sealant, in my messy basement/craft room.

So far this piece hasn't sold either. Its sitting in my old booth, where everything is marked down, until Tuesday, my last day. Hopefully it'll find a buyer at the next craft sale. It'll probably need a new price tag. ~fingers crossed~

Happy Fall Ya-all!


  1. Good way to change - less stress, likely more fun at craft sales. I had to close down two booths in different areas and it was hard work as well as disappointing but I wan't making any money over costs. Your craft booth looks so welcoming.

    1. It is a lot of work to close down a booth. I'm surprised how much stuff I was able to pack into that space! Did you close down your booths recently? (forgive me if you posted about it, I've been blogging sporadically lately and may have missed it.)

  2. Keep creating!! Changing where you sell your items may have to morph for a bit, but you make such great stuff, this is definitely your calling. Don't stop! :)

  3. We have a booth too and it's so difficult to move items! Not just for us but, for everyone :( Your stuff looks amazing! Good luck at the next craft fair!


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