Fun Vintage Food Stands

When I came across  Kristyn’s Vintage Lemonade Stand on Lil’ Luna, I pinned it to my Dream Home pinterest board.  Someday I hoped.  But then I figured out a way to get the hubby on board to build it for Olivia’s tea party.  After all, we didn’t have an outdoor table for the party food, and, like I said, we had started our other projects nice and early.  Once I got him on board for the first one, I sweetly suggested that perhaps we could do two.  He totally agreed because he’s cool like that (or he knows I’m crazy and when I get a party idea in my head, there’s no stopping me.)  We did a bit of studying on Lil’ Luna’s tutorial and then adjusted for the size we wanted.  And when I say we, I mean he.  Graham did all the building and I was very grateful.  For the paint, I pretty much followed Kristyn’s instructions exactly.  I will add that you do not need to prime the boards – I wasn’t sure, so I did some with and some without, it didn’t make a difference.  Also, I would suggest using a satin paint, either spray paint or from the can.  I used some spray paint and some that I had on hand in a can.  The only thing that didn’t work was when I used an enamel spray paint – when I tried to sand it down, it got really gummy and gross.  I didn’t have cool vinyl for the signs, so I painted the letters onto the sign boards.
Here’s an abbreviated picture tutorial for how we built our stands.  Questions?  I’ll try to give you answers.  But once you get started, you’ll see that all you have to do is build a simple frame and then hammer up slats to go all the way around the front and sides.  To hold up the sign, we just screwed a couple narrow slats onto the back and then screwed the sign onto that.
Do you love?  I sure do!

Linking up over at Tatertots and Jello!


  1. Kristie-Creating Chaos says

    So adorable. I saw you pin awhile back. I think your stands turned out great. Good work Graham! I might have to make one for my family this spring. I’ve got to finish the nursery before I take on any other building projects. ^_^

  2. Emily says

    Ooh I love these! You did a beautiful job! I’m sure it was a hit at the party. I did something similar, but definitely not this fancy, for a lemonade stand this summer. People wanted to rent mine out! You could definitely do something similar or sell it!

  3. Heidi says

    This is BEAUTIFUL!! I have saved your plans online…this is awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  4. My Sunny Porch says

    Great idea for spring & summer mad-cash for my little visitors & I! Thank you so much for the ‘how-to-do’ help!

  5. Anonymous says

    I LOVE this and am so grateful I found you! We are doing a bake sale fundraiser throughout the year for our cheer team and this will be so perfect!! Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world!

  6. Lil' Luna says

    These turned out AWESOME!!!! Thank you for linking back to me on the post. Can’t wait to show my hubby what a great job you guys did! XO – Kristyn {Lil’ Luna}

  7. Anonymous says

    These would make great “Kiosks” for “Fundraising” efforts at our church! Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. Anonymous says

    I’ve been looking to make a lemonade stand for my kids that can double as an outdoor buffet table for BBQs, etc. Yours were my favorite. Thanks! Also, love the idea of using fence slats because we had a wind storm here this winter with many fences torn down. I’m sure I can round up some fence slats that are just going to be going to the dump otherwise. So, my question is, since I want to use this as a buffet table as well, how tall should I make it? It looks like your tables are 28 inches tall, which would be great for kids right? Does that seem to work well enough for other adult gatherings as well? Thanks again!

  9. Anonymous says

    I am so thrilled to find this project. Our granddaughter has plans for a lemonade stand this summer, and I wanted more than a table for her to use. What’s the fun in that. This is perfect. And the project isn’t so involved that hopefully hubby won’t mind getting to work. Anything for “the Kid.” Thanks for instructions. Yours turned out great. I found your blog from a pin on making the canvas pictures, and plan to do that. Now, must see what else you have planned for me. Thanks so much.

  10. says

    Those stands are too awesome for words! I wish my husband was Handy Manny;) I pinned this with hopes to one day to make one:P Thanks for sharing the tutorial… it’s going to be great help for when that one day comes! Hehe

  11. Crystal says

    I love this but want to make it fairly portable for when my kids do lemonade stands. Is it very Heavy? Also roughly how much did it cost?

  12. Jodie M. says

    You guys are amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing your plans!!! I love these, they are adorable, I will be making a bunch for my new party business I’m starting up!! Thanks again!!!


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