|These are Ikea candleholders (also |
ideal for displaying my lampshades!)
The first thing I've worked on is display items for my booth. I've had the idea of spray-painting my lamps and display items for quite while now, but once I saw this picture from modpodgerocksblog.com I became motivated to try it out for real!
|These lamps were almost exactly what I had envisioned for mine!|
Picture courtesy of modpodgerocksblog.com
First I decided to try spray-painting some Ikea candle-holders I found at a garage sale (The red was the original color). I liked how they turned out so I moved on to my other display items.
I have been collecting metal boxes of various types. Old library-card type files, recipe-type boxes, cash boxes, etc.... there are a lot of these neat boxes available for really great prices at thrift stores and garage sales. I thought the various boxes would make great display items - either as lifts (for other items to stand on top of), or as display/holders in which smaller items like postcards or jewelry could be displayed. Of course, all the boxes are ugly grey or brown when I purchased them. Plus, I have a bunch of brass-type lamps that I've been using to display my lampshades. Their shapes are nice, but their looks seem a bit dated.
I decided to create a color-scheme for my booth. One that would be bright and cheery, but also could be played around with a bit to keep it fresh. I choose blues (soft blues, denim-ish blues, and my favorite - periwinkle blues), bright pinks, whites (can't go wrong with white), and aqua/teals. (I also want a chartreuse/celadon color but I'm still working on that). I don't plan on mixing a lot of the colors - but instead sticking with a calmer background color scheme and then choosing an accent color to use for each show or market that I attend.
My idea is to have the white tent, with curtains of which-ever accent color I decide I want to use that day. Then I would use the accessories for that color-choice. I'd have whites, creams, and burlap-browns as the background colors - and probably dark denim blues too. Then pops of the accent color. I've found sheer curtains to hang from the corners of my canopy (at a thrift store of course - for great prices!). And I've been spray-painting like crazy!
So here's how some of my display items turned out. I LOVE them!
I choose bright pink because it's such a strong pop of color - plus it's fun.
White is classic.
The blues - I LOVE them!!!
And aqua/teals, they go perfect with the 1950's items of similar color!
Now that these are done, I am on to the next step(s) in creating an eye-catching booth... so stay tuned for more updates!
Utility Aprons (to use instead of a cash-box)
creating a Hand-Made Burlap Banner.