Decoupage Crates, Framed Cork Boards, and Drawer Shelves


If you’re doing a market or antique booth and your main focus is furniture, it’s always a good idea to also offer some small and medium sized home decor items at different price points.  Just be sure to stay within your general style or design niche.  After doing several markets now, I think I’ve settled on a pretty good mix of home decor items that I can upcycle to sell for profit.  (The trick is to offer what pretty much no one else is selling, and do it well and for a reasonable price.)  Here are some of my favorites…

1. Decoupage Napkin Crates

I first tried this project back in December (read the full tutorial Here) and I’ve since made many more!  It’s become one of my favorite projects to create and sell.

DIY Decoupage napkin crates - Girl in the Garage

This post contains some affiliate links (at no extra cost to you) so you can easily find the products that I use and like.

You need a wood crate ($8-10 from a home improvement store), Mod Podge, sponge brush, decorative paper napkins (there are links below for the ones I used), and sandpaper.

DIY Decoupage napkin crates - Girl in the Garage

I won’t rewrite the entire tutorial again since it’s posted Here, but I will say that I don’t sand over the napkins nearly as rough as I did that first time.  Now I mostly just sand around the edges of the wood to make clean, straight lines.

DIY Decoupage napkin crates - Girl in the Garage

Here are links where you can buy the above napkins:

Top crate:  Colorful watercolor print

Second crate:  Pink, white, green floral

Third crate:  Black and white paisley

Bottom crate:  Colorful floral print

Left crate:  Blue and white birds and flowers

It’s a bit of a messy project with the Mod Podge and the little scraps of napkins falling down after sanding, but I think the result is worth it.  And so far I haven’t seen anyone else selling anything like these in my area.

DIY Decoupage napkin crates - Girl in the Garage

Bonus:  I do a lot of neutral furniture makeovers so these add a needed boost of color to my space!

2. Framed Cork Boards

(Read the original full tutorial Here.)  I started making these framed cork boards about a year ago and I’ll keep making them as long as I can find pretty frames.  🙂

Here’s two of the thrifted art I found:

Repurposed vintage art to framed cork boards - Girl in the Garage

And here are the finished cork boards:

Repurposed vintage art to framed cork boards - Girl in the Garage

I try to find frames that have really pretty details and would look beautiful with lightly dry brushed paint.  The goal is to highlight the details and even let some of the original finish peek through.

Repurposed vintage art to framed cork boards - Girl in the Garage

3. Drawer Shelves

These are a more recent project we started doing (see the first few shelves I did Here and one with a door we added Here).

Repurposed drawers to shelves - Girl in the Garage

You just need old drawers that are in good shape (with or without pulls), Mod Podge, paper of choice, and then we like to add a shelf if there’s enough room.

Repurposed drawers to shelves - Girl in the GarageYou can also add some hardware on the back for hanging.

Do you have any products you make consistently for selling at markets or in a booth?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in a comment below.  Also, please share this post so it can inspire others too!

Jen

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18 Comments on Decoupage Crates, Framed Cork Boards, and Drawer Shelves

  1. Sarah
    May 18, 2017 at 1:18 pm (4 months ago)

    Was the oil painting of the flowers signed? Just wondering.

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    • Jen
      May 18, 2017 at 5:59 pm (4 months ago)

      I don’t see a signature on it.

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      • Sarah
        May 18, 2017 at 6:50 pm (4 months ago)

        It looked similar to an artist I am familiar with. I have to look up her name. I’m blanking on it just now.

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        • Sarah
          May 18, 2017 at 7:07 pm (4 months ago)

          Would you consider selling it? I love the colors.

        • Jen
          May 20, 2017 at 10:54 pm (4 months ago)

          Sarah, I’m sorry but I don’t have the print any longer. It must’ve been in the box to donate. It was pretty but didn’t go with any of my decor.

  2. Jolinda
    May 18, 2017 at 1:45 pm (4 months ago)

    i love the boxes and I actually use them as part of the display in my booth. I love the colors on them.

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    • Jen
      May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm (4 months ago)

      Oh yes Jolinda, great idea to use the crates as display pieces also!

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  3. Susan Tompkins
    May 18, 2017 at 2:55 pm (4 months ago)

    I love the decopauged crates! How much do you sell them for?

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    • Jen
      May 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Susan! I price them at $25.

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  4. Kim
    May 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm (4 months ago)

    I love the crates! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Jen
      May 18, 2017 at 10:12 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much, Kim!

      Reply
  5. Linda Hickey
    May 19, 2017 at 3:04 am (4 months ago)

    I love all your ideas. My favorite is the decorated crates.

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    • Jen
      May 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Linda 🙂

      Reply
  6. Just Justin
    May 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm (4 months ago)

    Those crates are so cool. It gives a huge impoact with those stacked up like that too!

    I find a lot of medium to smaller frames from Goodwill, thrift stores, and rummage sales. I remove the glass and backing, then I paint the frames. I either dry brush (white, cream, light blue, gray, or black) or I fully paint the frame then distress it to show the ornateness of the frame. I hang these (just the frame-no glass or backing) in my flea market booth. I have a few hanging on a pegboard with either a smaller framed picture inside, a smaller similarly painted frame inside, or a letter (like a “J”) inside to show what can be done with these. Sometimes I layer a bunch on shelf too. I usually sell out before I can get more in stock. These are super quick and easy and I can usually find these frames for $1 or less most places. So, it is a decent profit. If I find bigger less ornate frames, I do the same thing, but the profit isn’t as high.

    Love your blog, Jen! 🙂

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    • Just Justin
      May 19, 2017 at 2:11 pm (4 months ago)

      *impact

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    • Jen
      May 20, 2017 at 10:49 pm (4 months ago)

      Awesome – thanks for sharing, Justin. I’ve seen other vendors selling empty painted frames and I’ve wondered how well they sell. I may have to try that sometime!

      Reply
  7. Rhonda
    May 22, 2017 at 1:57 pm (4 months ago)

    I can’t seem to find pretty napkins like those. Where do you find them? I love them!

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    • Jen
      May 23, 2017 at 6:50 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you Rhonda! I included the links in the post above to order those napkins on Amazon. You may also find some at party supply stores.

      Reply

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