We started out with two pallets. If you are looking for pallets, we have a local lumber yard that sets pallets and wood scraps out for the taking you might want to see if yours does, too! Or stop at a construction site and ask really nicely. They may even load it in your car for you!
Cut one in 1/2 with a sawzall.
Micah came up with a brilliant idea to add hinges to attach the sides to the front of our stand. *The picture just shows a hinge on the top but we put one on the bottom, too.
This way we can fold it up for storage.
To make a nice, wide counter top we took some scrap wood and cut 22.5 degree angles on each of the countertop corners. When the front countertop lines up with the sides together they will make a nice 45 degree corner. *The countertops do not fold up with the stand. We unscrew those for storage. It wouldn’t fold as flat and we thought it would fit better in our shed separately.
I wanted the gaps in the pallets to be filled in, so we attached some wood slats to the front of the pallet. I think it looks so much better, don’t you!?!
Here’s a little side shot.
All put together it had some weight to it so Micah dropped it off at Kelly’s on Wednesday evening so we could paint it the next night. She happened to have the perfect colors of left over latex paint from other projects. She had the white countertops and slats painted by the time I was able to get to her house on Thursday evening. I painted the blue slats and she painted the red, while we chatted away. One of her little guys let me know that his mom was a faster painter than I was. We cracked up when he informed me of my lacking skills. Gotta love the honesty! It’s true she is a faster painter!!
Here is the stand all ready for business come Saturday!
The 6 boys (the 7th Ninja is baby Kell) and the two of us mamas set up the stand complete with lemonade, brownies that Kelly and her boys made, and cookies that my boys and I bought at Costco. (I only have so many hours in a day and so Costco had to do my baking. The boys picked them out so that has to count for something, right!?!)
Here’s 3 adorable Ninjas waiting to make another sale.
Overall, it was a success! It did start pouring rain cutting the day short, but what do you expect in the Pacific Northwest!?! Thankfully, we had just enough good weather for the boys to make a profit and learn some good sales lessons. They are all looking forward to having another stand or two this summer!
*I pulled the umbrella out of my neighbors truck that was headed for the dump. We painted the top red and blue but I think for next time we need to paint the underside of the umbrella, too. What do you think?
Oh and did you notice that I got to use my chalkboard sandwich board!?! 1st use and counting….
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