Sunday, December 4, 2011

Preparing My New Booth

Today was the day that I set aside to gather my supplies and prepare my new booth at the antique mall.  The former tenant's style left a LOT to be desired, and it is necessary for me to freshen up the decor and put my own touch on the space.  The Husband helped me load up, and he came along with me to help.  It's nice when we get to work on a project together.

When we arrived, the space was empty and clean and ready for us to get to work.

It only took a few minutes with a screwdriver to pull the staples and take down the wrinkled burlap ... which I saved to use for projects later.  The panel of pink was wrapping paper, which came right off with a little yank.  The Husband's part of the job was to screw these weathered green wood shutters to the wall ... I got a great deal on a pile of these at the Richmond Habitat ReStore a few months ago.  All we had to do was dust them off and wipe them down with a damp cloth.  They are beautifully worn and the color is perfect!

Shutters finished ... and I love how they look!

While he was working on the shutters, my job was to paint the shelves.  The yellow sponge painting on the tan shelves was awful, and it had to go.

The color I chose is Farrow and Ball's 'Lamp Room Grey', color-matched in Valspar paint, in a satin finish.  It's a lovely blue-green-grey, and I think will provide a perfect background.

Bye bye, sponge painting.

This looks SO much better!

I have to go back to the store to get more paint, because one quart wasn't QUITE enough.

The mall manager came by while we were working to see how things were coming along, and she loved how nice the booth is looking so far ... and we both wondered what the previous tenants were thinking with the sponge painting.

Here is the booth Before and After:

These were consignment items.

Wall of shutters and new paint ... so much better!

I think I came up with the perfect name for this space.

Within a week, I should be moving my first items into the space.  I don't really have enough things finished to fill it yet, but I think I can make a fairly respectable display.  After Christmas, I will have more time to spend sorting through projects ... refinishing and painting what I can, and selling some of them as is.  My brain is whirling with the possibilities!

(Can you tell that I'm really excited?)


  1. Looks good, have fun stocking the shelves.

  2. Your space is looking great! SOooo much better than it was!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your stuff in there.

    I know what you mean about your mind whirling... mine is doing the same thing right now with ideas for my Etsy store but there just aren't enough hours in the day, lol!

    Good luck!

  3. It is looking really nice, Connie!
    What's the matter? You didn't love that yellow sponge paint? Don't you think it was the perfect compliment to that sofa?...just sayin' ~ xo Diana

  4. How truly exciting! I'm a little jealous. What a great job!

  5. Oh my it looks so good and so much better then before. I know you are excited and I can't wait to see the booth with items in it! hugs, Linda

  6. Your booth is looking very pretty already -- I hope this all goes very well for you. Thanks for your sweet visit to my table this week.

  7. I can't wait to see it all pulled together!

    Kat :)

  8. How exciting! I can't wait to see the beautiful things you will fill this wonderfully renovated space with-

  9. That looks SO much better! I'm anxious to see what you are going to put in there and to figure out how you are able to let things go. I have real issues with that.

  10. Yes... I can tell you are excited and rightfully so! You are going to have sooo much fun with this! The gray looks 100% better than sponge paint. Never did like the look of sponge blobs on a wall.

  11. A dramatic transformation, it looks so much better. The paint colour works so well. I can't wait to see it once you have your items for sale in there.

  12. How exciting. I do so love that color blue.

  13. Your good taste already makes a HUGE difference. Can't wait to see more, as usual.♥♫

  14. Love the name of your booth and love the font! Great job!

  15. You are always full of surprises.

    It looks fabulous.

    looking forward to what comes next.

    xo Jane

  16. Congratulations, it looks like so much fun!

  17. I'm sorry, but the previous tenants really did a terrible job with that booth. Nothing at all appealing about it. bleh!!
    I'm loving everything you are doing with the booth...the shutters, the color of paint AND the name!

    I'm so excited for you. If I lived in your area, I'd definitely make a trip and do a little shopping.


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