Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Booth Display Piece

Next Tuesday I will have access to my booth at the antique mall and I have been frantically looking for different pieces to display some of my stuff.  I've never had a booth before so I'm starting from scratch.

Last week I stopped at an indoor flea market and came across this metal display stand. 
 I thought the size would be good for the booth and it only cost $5.00 so I brought it home.

Once I got it home I was pleasantly surprised to find that the piece hanging from the back of the stand could be lifted and secured (I'll show you how I'm thinking of using it further down the post).
 To make the shelves more usable, I placed a 2' length of wood on each of the shelves.
I plan on using this to hold some of my smaller vintage sewing items (vintage trims, spools, buttons, patterns, etc.) so I played around with adding some old sewing machine drawers and cigar boxes as storage.
And that top piece I showed you earlier......
 I think it will be great to hang some vintage lace and crocheted trims,
mimicking how I've displayed the laces and trims in my studio.
(Although for selling purposes, I will be wrapping the trims individually on tongue depressors).
This isn't the finished display but I thought I would post and get your input.

Would you paint the display stand a different color?  At first I thought I would keep things simple and just keep it black but now that I see it put together with the wood drawers I'm thinking that good ole' heirloom white might just be the way to go.

The wood shelves are unfinished and I was debating on painting or staining them too.

So what do you think?  Keep it black or paint it?
Paint or stain the shelves?

I appreciate the feedback.

Jane

64 comments:

  1. Looks good as is, but think it might look better in the white and stain the wood. What color is your walls going to be...that will have a lot to do with it.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  2. Well, I love the Heirloom White, Jane, but maybe you could wait and see how you feel about it once you see it in your space. I know that would mean bringing it home again to paint if you decide to go that route, but it may wind up that the black works better in the space. Do you know what I mean? Especially if you feel like you could go either way at this point. I think it's a great piece, in and of itself though, for holding your things.

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  3. I'm with Cityfarmer...white on white.

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  4. I think my vote is white on white too....what color is the wall it will be against? If it is a light color the black may stand out more....I am no help at all...whatever you do it will be awesome! I can't wait to see!!

    Lou Cinda

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  5. White is very good. I am slowly changing my dark booths (multi wood types natural colours, many shades from medium to dark brown) to pale grey (almost white) and my sales have picked up (looks like a new booth), I've opened up the walk in area so it is easy to visit (nothing to block or trip people). The lighter colour has brightened my area and it is easier to SEE what I have to sell. I have several pictures on several posts of the painting and the changes of the look if you want to take a look (August through October) and I am still painting. Better to paint shelving at home but some of my shelves were too big to bring home/take back. So, going in new - light backgrounds, good lighting (I use lamps, spot lights, suspended florescent tube lights, etc.) but it depends on the wiring in your booth.
    - Joy

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  6. Great Find, Jane ~ I would go the opposite of the walls, if Light, keep it Black, I would also Paint the wood shelves the same color as the stand, so you have a cohesive look, all Black or all White, then Your Product will show better! Look on Craigs list in your area for some cheap shelving... You can Paint & Distress it ~ Keep us posted on how the hunt is going! xox
    Cheryl

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  7. I think you should keep the shelf black and paint your unfinished boards black.

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  8. I like the shelf kept black and maybe staining the shelves a medium brown. Cute display!

    Danielle

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  9. I had to smile when I saw you rack...I have one very much like it that I have used in my mall space (when I had one) but it now resides on my patio. I'm going to try to attach the link to it here http://dandelionanddaisy2.blogspot.com/2011/06/re-doing-re-do.html
    Fortunatly it is easy to spray paint so it can be any color you like.

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  10. Leave it black but stain the shelves.

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  11. I'm sure the display will be super cute any way you decide to go....My vote would be all one color, either all black or all white. Since you are gearing up for your first booth it might make sense to just paint the shelves black to match the stand itself to save time. Good luck, cant wait to see the end results!

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  12. Heirloom white, stained shelves. I think that hits all home styles... farmhouse country, shabby, prim... and will draw people in. Love the idea of the drawers and boxes to put little things in. Might want to put a Not For Sale tag on them... I can see where someone would want to know the price to take it home with them!

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  13. Looking good. I vote to paint it or try distressing the black so it's less new and shinny looking. Definitely do something with the shelves but I guess that would depend on your final color. White distressed if left black or lightly stained if painted white? Good luck. I'm sure it will look super whatever you decide.
    Lisa

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  14. I'm going with the white vote! M x

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  15. I'm voting white and leave the wood, I think your stuff will show up better.

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  16. i would paint the stand and the shelves. for the metal shelf i would paint it a nice mellow green and buy the patina to rust it up a little here and there and then paint the shelves a creamy white color and distress them a little. i always think color pulls in the eye. i LOVE how your trims hang from the back piece. they look awesome.

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  17. Looks great, it's so neat that you can look at something and see it's potential! No advice from me, you're doing great on your own-have fun:@)

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  18. This was a real beauty of a find. Your transformation looks amazing. I wouldn't alter a thing. Love what you've done with the lace. Good luck with your booth - so exciting! penny

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  19. You know me, I'm a white on white gal, however, if you leave them black, I would stain the shelves a walnut color...they stand out too much as is. However, that's my two cents and it already looks like you have two dollars worth of advice!

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  20. Shelving like you found will pay for their cost a hundred times over...trust me. They're like having another pair of hands at times. 'Course you know someone is gonna ask if it's for sale!
    I vote to keep it black and maybe cover the wood with either burlap or decoupaged patterns on them to keep with your sewing vibe. Just a thought.
    Deb
    Love the tongue depresser idea.

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  21. You are going to have the booth that is the talk of the town! I think it depends on the look of your entire booth and the color of the walls. Whichever color you decide, I think making it all match, shelves to stand is the way to go. dark or light. Have fun putting it all together! t. xoxox

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  22. I agree with Danielle. Keep it black and stain the shelves a warm medium-dark brown. OR, a nice Martha Stewart green with stained shelves.

    I'm sure your booth will look fabulous. Best of luck on your new adventure!

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  23. Whatever color you go with, paint or stain your wood to match. That way your displays will pop from the background color. Best of luck with your new endeavor. Have a wonderful week.

    Hugs,
    Robin

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  24. I like the idea of leaving the rack black, and staining the wood. It will look more "furniture-y."

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  25. I think that the rack would look great in an heirloom-type white; maybe a little chippy looking with some sanding? The shelves look a little too bare as is; some stain or paint would be good. It's a great piece and I love the way you've set it up!

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  26. I am so excited for you. I would love to browse around in your booth some day. I like the shelf black but would probably stain the wood. So creative to use the back of it to hang things. You were so smart to snatch that up when you saw it and such a deal!

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  27. Best of luck at your booth next week,I am sure it will be a success,for my tuppence worth I think white will make your pieces pop out more to the customer!

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  28. Definitely paint it white and shabby white on the shelves...it will really pop your merchandise!

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  29. since you do so much wood and whites, I would do grey for my displays; less harsh than black, makes the inventory pop out and of course industrial is so in. Grey is the new black...
    and of course what else would you expect from an old GREY mare..lol
    xx
    z

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  30. I love white but I think the black stands out a little more. Good luck with the booth!

    XO,
    Jane

    XO,
    Jane

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  31. Make your walls and shelving monochromatic. And choose a color that will provide some contrast to the items you will have for sale.
    Best of luck! Be sure to let me know where you are after you open.

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  32. Well, I definitely think the black is too dark for displaying items, so I'd paint it heirloom white. I think I'd like the shelves either way, unfinished or stained. I bet you'd make it look great with stained shelves, though ;-)

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  33. Hmmm.... I think try the ecru on the wire and leave the wood unfinished. See how you like it and you can always paint them too later if you decide to. I wonder if there are LARGE MARGE metal name plate thingies to screw onto the sides of the drawers to label the contents. You could just change the paper label inside when you change contents. Just thinkin'... :)

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  34. Seems like the white would help display items stand out better.

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  35. paint, yes! ivory, white-ish, whatever color suits your fancy and *pops* your stuff ... even the shelves, too .... green, light celedon; blue; one thing about paint (like that bad haircut that grows out in a month) you can ALWAYS REPAINT ... spray paint at walmart or wherever is cheap ... darlene

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  36. i would leave it black and stain the shelves!
    just my thoughts.
    lauren

    good luck

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  37. I think white would be good for the display shelf, and either paint or a darker stain would look nice on the shelves.

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  38. Hi Jane,
    I'm excited that you are getting a booth! I just know you will do great.
    I like the stand as is, in black. Maybe paint the sewing machine drawers and then decide after you've put your booth together.

    I'm sure it will let you know what color it wants to be.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  39. I would keep it black but stain the shelves. Nobody's going to notice it really with all the cool stuff on it and you want them to notice what's for sale not the shelves unless they are for sale too. We opened our first booth last Dec. and we've had a hard time keeping display pieces because we have them for sale as well. That makes a lot of work on us to keep finding something else. Good luck with your booth! It's work but fun!

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  40. You're going to love it! I have three of those folding shelves that I use in my booth at the street shows. They set up easily and don't take up much room in my truck. I have one that's a rusty old yellow, and two black ones. I picked all of them up at different places over the last few years. Sometimes I put them on my tables and sometimes on the ground depending on how much room I have. I cut pieces of sheet metal to use as the shelves and recently covered two sets with burlap. The burlap looks really good against the black. I think painting it heirloom white would really make your display boxes stand out. No matter what you choose to do, your magical touch will turn it into a masterpiece.

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  41. White all the way! It would go with whatever you want to display.

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  42. So excited for you. The black on black sounds good to me.
    Lisa

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  43. I say paint it white and then distress it a little. I also think the shelves would look better stained. IMHO!! :)

    I'm excited for you! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  44. My thoughts are on the trim display. I think you have plenty of room on the back rack to add another wire or rod to double (or maybe even triple) the display area for your trims on tongue depressors.

    Best wishes in your new venture!

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  45. The rack is a great find, Jane! I love the section that comes up to hold the lace pieces! I know whatever you decide to do, it will be perfect!

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  46. I would do a faux rust technique on the shelf. I did one on my blog a while ago. The short version is you paint it orange then cover it with a brown textured paint. I would be happy to share the exact colors and paint with you. I would then do the shelves a neutral and light stain. I love a mix of neutral colors with white. So pretty!

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  47. I like the black if white I believe your boxes and laces will be lost..not to draw the eye as well. Stain the shelves... Love to see and good luck with the booth.

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  48. OMG, I´m so exited for you. You´re really living my dream!!!!! (Or soon anyway ;-)

    How big is the booth? (And what is a booth? I jumped the conclusion that it´s some kind of a store. Wrong?? (I´m Swedish so I´m not the best in English)

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  49. Hello, I would lightly paint the shelves a nice distressed aqua to show off the items and leave the the rest black! You will do fine in your booth with your great style!

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  50. Hello, I would lightly paint the shelves a nice distressed aqua to show off the items and leave the the rest black! You will do fine in your booth with your great style!

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  51. Jane this shelf will be perfect for your booth! I would paint it all, the shelf & wood, a color that will make it blend into the background & make your items stand out. Are the walls of the booth dark or light? What color are the other shelves you have? I'd do either black or white, which ever would looks best behind your items & I'd try to make all the shelves the same color so your items will stand out. Maybe place your things on a black cloth then a white cloth to see which one they pop out of best.

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  52. I would love to see this piece stay black. Your creations are made from vintage items, and this piece looks like something straight from an old variety store. I think it would be great to keep that vintage-y feel, but maybe stain those boards? Can't wait to see what you decide to do, and how your booth will look!

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  53. I think it looks great as is. If later you have more time....I know what is that? then paint it.
    I'm sure you will do great in your new booth.
    So happy for you!

    xx
    Carole

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  54. Lots of creative ideas and I'm sure whatever you decide will be great....love what you did with the vintage trims!

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  55. I have a shelf like that--except for the top part. Mine is original red and was used as a stand for LANCE jars filled with snacks. If yours is also a stand like that, you got a GREAT deal if you only paid $5.00!!!!

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  56. When I look at its photo, I don not see the stand - I see the displayed items. But I vote all white for it. I hope you will disclose the mall after you are in it. I would love to come some day.

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  57. For sure dark walnut on the shelves, I think you could do a bold color on the base. Awesome pick of the rack. You could even use it in your home, could be a cute shelf anywhere around a home. Love your idea, and your items look very tempting! I would shop till I drop. You'll do great regardless of the color. Go for it! Go big!!

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  58. Jane, no matter what you do, it'll be great. You have a way of taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary! Best wishes and blessings, Tammy

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  59. the black and the natural boxes is nice. Besides, If you gussy it up too much, someOne will want to buy it!! Of course, that might not be bad...

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  60. I always smile when I come to see what you've come up with........not surprised anymore.....you are a creative genius.

    Happy Sunday...

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  61. Very cool!!

    Just back from vacation so have to catch up on all the wonderfulness here. =)

    blessings
    barb

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