New Booth Space at Uptown Antiques!

I'm so excited! The day has finally arrived... the day I finally got to move into my new, larger space at the antique mall! It seemed like it took forever to get here! I've been plotting and planning how I wanted to decorate and set up my space in my head for weeks.

I actually didn't move spaces, it's more of an expansion... I now have two spaces! Today I'm going to show you the new space and I'll show you the redesigned old space tomorrow.

Antique mall booth

I know you're dying to see it and I'm dying to show it to you but first I want to show you what it looked like before I moved in.

Most of the spaces in the mall are just square or rectangle boxes but this one has a little more character than that!

Here it is literally moments after the old tenants moved out, I didn't even wait for them to get their last piece of furniture out!


I bought this cool ladder from them and told them to just leave it right where it is across the top of the booth.


The part of the booth that adds character is this funny little cubbyhole in the wall. It's weird, it has a piece of glass in the back and that is the ugly back of the neighboring booth's pegboard. I thought of a fun way to cover up the ugly view and I'll show you the transformation in just a moment.


This picture is kind of blurry (sorry) but it shows how I painted the space. I decided to paint it the same as my other space which is directly across from this one.

A chalkboard back wall and "cake batter" colored side walls.

Then I put up two old screen doors on either side of the booth.


I purchased the screens from the previous tenants too. Here is what they looked like before. I just LOVED how beat up they are! The cool old hardware is still on them, the screens are rusty and ripped up a little as you can see in the bottom right picture of the collage below.


I just attached them to the booth side walls with L-brackets. We can come out an additional 2 feet past the side walls too so by attaching these doors I have created little "front porches"! :o)



Now for the cubbyhole transformation! Is it weird to get so excited about a hole in the wall?!

First I painted inside of course and then I tore some pages out of an old book and just taped them onto the glass to cover the ugly back of the neighbor's pegboard.


Then I hung this adorable little light! There were originally two of these swag lights that hung together, my dad helped me rewire them into separate lights. The other one is in my other booth.


And finally, I made a rustic fence board frame for the cubbyhole! EEK! I just LOVE how this turned out! Wait till you see how I decorated it!


Now... here's the big reveal!!!

I was standing in my other booth to take this picture. You can see we also added white icicle lights hanging from the ladder. THAT was a pain! First I stapled through the wire, then one of the lights decided to stick itself into one of the holes in the pegboard and then broke off... none of the lights worked, 3/4 of them worked, none, half, etc., etc. We finally got almost all of them to work and we just hid the rest behind some tulle fabric in a corner.


This is one of my little "front porch" areas outside the screen.


I'll just show you around from left to right. So this is on the other side of that screen. The non-working icicle lights are hid behind that fabric in the corner.


The crates were moved over from my other space.


The rustic white filing cabinet went into the corner and the Valentine tree is on top.


Here's a sweet little vignette on top, next to the tree.


The crib mattress springs were also moved over to this space and I added a rustic fence board shelf above.


Here is the chalkboard wall.


I brought in another ladder to use as a display piece. I attached galvanized buckets to some of the ladder rungs and filled them with linens and stuff for people to dig through.


I just used zip ties and attached the rope handles of the bins to the ladder.

Here's a peek inside. I've been sorting through all my stuff in my craft studio in preparation for a redo of that room so I decided to get rid of some of the hoards of lace and trims that I had.




I just finished this piece... it started out life as a wooden toy box that I got at a garage sale years ago for $3. This is it's second paint job. It's kind of hard to see but it's a Union Jack flag in shades of white.


Now... that cubby!!!

I tucked a crate into the left side and an old radio on the right and then filled in with old jewelry boxes, a topiary, player piano rolls, etc.



You can see some signs I made out of more fence boards hanging above the cubbyhole and leaning against the wall below.


The white corner shelf got moved over from my other space too...


Along with the mosquito netting canopy and white rocking chair.


And here is my other "front porch" area. My new locking case for smalls is on top of the little rolling typewriter stand and a couple of blankets are on the bottom.


And this is in the very center of the booth... another basket with goodies to dig through!


What do you think? I love how it turned out!


Stay tuned to see the other, smaller space! My mom redid it while I was working on this one! We are a great team!