Friday, March 23, 2012

Round 3!! Pallet Lemonade Stand...


Ok, round 3?! I can't believe I'm still here! I'm thrilled! There is SO much talent, I can't say that enough! Last week I made it through with my "Crib Craft Station", which has been my most viewed project since I've started blogging! This week the theme is "Spring", which I have to say, stumped me a bit. You try to out do your last project, but it took me some time to decide how. I don't think that I "out did" last week, but I am equally happy with it {and so are the kids!}. My husband suggested that I do a lemonade stand. It seemed like a great idea, but how was I going to make it special? I had been collecting pallets for a project I was planning on doing for my little one, but thought it would be great to do a lemonade stand with them instead!

I have to admit that I didn't take any pictures of the process. I was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, so I didn't get started till Wednesday Evening. I was really feeling the pressure, and I couldn't even think about taking pictures!
I'll explain what I did :-)

First let me say....IT IS NOT EASY TO TAKE PALLETS APART!!!! That was the worst part! The darker pallets were just breaking as I pulled them apart, so in a panic, I emailed a guy that I met (from getting something on CL) that had a ton on pallets. I told him what I was doing and asked if he could spare a few, and he said sure! He had some really nice ones (still didn't come apart easily) that I knew would be great. I started by taking the pallets apart, then I painted the slats using a white wash (white latex paint and water 1:1 ratio), which allowed the stain to go on smoothly (I used a walnut stain/varnish).  It would have been great to use a complete pallet and just fill in the spaces, but the kids lemonade stand would have looked more like a poolside bar! That would have been GREAT, but we don't have a pool ;-) So I cut it down to kids size. I screwed in the top, the sides that hold the sign, and the sign as well. I wanted to make sure that it was secure, so I didn't want to nail it. I also screwed in heavy boards behind the stand at the base, so it wouldn't topple over.
 The top is 4 slats held together by nailing it to 2 slat underneath with the front slat screwed on. I wanted it to look more "finished".



I made the puffs with coffee filters and a cupcake wrapper. I thought they turned out SO cute! I folded the filters in half and then in half again and hot glued them till it was a "complete" 1/2 circle. Then, just found the center and glued in the wrapper and the circle (which I printed on heavy card stock).




I used some printables that I found online, you can find them {here
and designed the picture for the pitcher and the straws on picnik. 
I will have to post all of the {other} printables that I made for this soon. While I was hard at work, "somehow" my  laptop screen broke. So stay tuned for those. The banner was made from drop cloth, scrapbook paper and hung with twine.




 I used yellow acrylic paint to hand paint the sign. Not, that it is hard to just paint "lemonade", but I think that we rely so much on some sort of  transfer method, that I was nervous that the spacing wouldn't be right. Thankfully it worked out. You only get one shot {when it's due 20 minutes!} I thought it was funny when my son said "Mom, you didn't paint the "e's" right! They're the wrong way!"

What's a lemonade stand without lemons??
 I got the basket from the dollar store, they have the best things!





 I don't know if I would categorize this project as "a fun one to do", but the outcome is definitely FUN!! With the right power tools this actually could be a fun project to do! I didn't have the proper tools and had to do it all with "powerless" tools. In total, this project cost me $6!! 
God only knows what I would come up with if I make it into the final week, but if you'd like to help me move on...vote here!! Happy Spring!!

sharing at these lovely parties:
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Bringing Beauty: Beautify it Monday
Debbie Does Creations: Toot Your Horn Tuesday
Skip to my Lou: Made by You Monday
Chatty Chics: Wild Wednesday
Destination: Craft: Destination: Cutesy Monday
Center of Attention Deficit Disorder: Center of Attention Sunday
A Simply Klassic Home: Simply Classic Sunday
Junk in their Trunk: Link it Up Wednesday
Pincushion Creations: Homemade by You
Live Laugh Rowe: Live Laugh Linky
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Tatertots and Jello: Weekend Wrap Up 
Funky Junk Interiors: Saturday Nite Special
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons: Crafty Friday
Days of Chalk and Chocolate: Latest and Greatest 
Fireflies and Jellybeans: Show off Your Stuff 
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday 
Little Becky Homecky: Fantabulous Friday 
Family Ever After....Once Upon a Weekend
How to Nest for Less: Just a Party with My Peeps 
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays 
Craft Test Dummies: Kid's Craft Week Round Up 
52 Mantels: Thursdays Are YOUR Days 
Craftionary: Friday Fun 
Be Different Act Normal: Show and Tell Saturday  
Cherished Handmade Treasures: Things We find Pinteresting

32 comments:

  1. This is so cute! Reminds me of when I was younger!! Great job! I voted!! ....For you of course!:)

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  2. Hey Jill! It turned out GREAT. Now I'm craving some lemonade :)

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  3. Ohmygosh! Jill - each project just gets cuter than the one before! I voted for you - again!

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  4. This is the coolest lemonade stand ever!! What a great job!! I would LOVE to have you link this up to my link party going on now...or the one that will be starting on Wednesday!
    www.pincushioncreations.com

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  5. So, so cute!!! My kids are dying to have a lemonade stand in the summer so this will be perfect! Good luck with the competition- you're doing great! If you get a chance, I would love it if you could link this up to my party on Tuesday night. Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :0

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  6. You did a wonderful job. Love lemonade, I got married a couple yrs ago and I wanted a lemonade stand so my hubby made one out of the wood crate that the wood pellet stove came in. I love it so it was part of the wedding reception that we had in our back yard. Hope the kids love it and make some money selling lemonade............andi

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  7. You are just so darn talented! Love it, and your kids are so lucky, I am sure they will make big bucks. Just finished voting for you, good luck! -Aimee J.

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  8. I just came across your cute blog and I love it! I'm a new follower and I'd love to have you stop by my brand new blog and follow too:) My first link party/give-away is going right now and ends tonight at midnight. I hope you'll stop by and link up!

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  9. Very cute- of course I voted for you! :) I love all the detail work you did- the coffee filter puffs are adorable and I love the way you merchandised it. No power tools- wow!

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  10. This is so cute. My kids have been asking to do a lemonade stand and this is perfect. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.
    http://www.junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2012/03/link-it-up-wednesday-21.html

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  11. this is gorgeous. you are so talented Jill! you deserve to be doing so well in the contest, and with your blog. I love reading your posts!

    xo, Leanne

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  12. super cute, wish i had little kids, this would be great! of course, i -could- set my soon-to-be-college-freshman up with one of these to defer some tuition costs! :D

    i'd love for you to share this on my center of attention sunday link up at http://cadeedee.blogspot.com/2012/03/center-of-attention-sunday-sunday.html

    hope to see you there :)

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  13. thanks for linking up, i just followed you, great blog :)

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  14. We would have LOVED this growing up! Please come share it (and anything else you'd like) at our Beautify It Monday Link party going on now at BringingBeauty.blogpsot.com!

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  15. Congrats on making it to the Finals of American Crafter! I was in the original, what was it, 15? Anyway, I was voted off after the first round :) I'm rooting for ya! And I'm your newest follower!

    Kathryn
    destinationcraft.blogspot.com

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  16. Your stand is so creative and cute! Great job!

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  17. Makes me want to run out and get started on a lemonade stand for my kiddos!! This is being featured today at {Junk in their Trunk}...thanks for linking up!!

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  18. Very Cool! My kids would love it! You have good blog tastes too...I have the same design and love it!

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  19. Oh my goodness! This is so cool! I would have LOVED to have had one of these as a kid!
    Melody
    One Chatty Chic

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  20. This is so cute.. I am pinning it.. :)
    Thanks for linking up at friday fun party..

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  21. I am blown away, this is amazing!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic Home!

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  22. I awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award. Check it out

    http://4you-withlove.blogspot.com/2012/03/versatile-blogger-award.html

    Marilyn

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  23. You've been featured on Bringing Beauty! Come by and check it out!

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  24. My goodness...this is soooo darn CUTE!!! Would love to have you come by and enter my “coastal” giveaway…you can find it on my sidebar.

    Blesings,
    Linda

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  25. This is such a fun lemonade stand for kids! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." Come and join us again next week! -The Sisters

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  26. You did an amazing job. Now I must find me some pallets! Thanks so much for linking up to Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  27. Great job! I want to make this for my kids. Would you be able to post some pictures of the sides? I'm trying to figure out how you did it all! :)

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  28. This is oh so cute. Thank You for linking up =)

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  29. I loved this idea, I went ahead and kind of recreated the whole thing :) I linked you on my new blog.

    http://workingmommydiy.blogspot.com/

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