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Farmers Market Stand Tutorial

I love dramatic play for kids! I love giving them toys or activities where they can be creative in pretend play!
You might have seen my blog post a while back where I shared this lemonade stand I made them.
We brought it inside to use for their market/grocery store in their room. Micah Man broke it the other day. He was apparently too strong for his own good. He Hulk Smashed it pretty good. It was a sit down and come to Jesus moment for the little guy. But I realized I needed to make it a little more sturdy when I fixed it.
I’m throwing a Garden themed party this week as one of the featured parties in my Video Party Course!
(eek so excited!! filming and editing all week long! launching in June!)
SOO… I decided to get some wood at the store and create a sturdier version using
the existing cubbies from the previous project. I love how it turned out!!
You could work up the same idea with your own cubbies and measurements.
More details below.

This was the previous set up… it was awesome but not as sturdy as I
needed and the pvc pipes were too easily taken out and used as swords. lol.
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A few products made this project come together really easily and finished it off nicely!
I was originally going to just paint the chalkboard part on…but then Fancy-Fix sent these
amazing Adhesive Chalkboard Rolls and they made it look so much more polished!
They also sent me some chalkboard markers that ACTUALLY wipe off with WATER.
I tested ladies. Because I know so many of you are looking for ones that don’t take all of
your elbow strength and some weird pinterest concoction to wipe it off.

They write like a dream! I’m excited to be able to change it up for whatever the kids are playing.
Farmer Market, Bakery, Workshop, Lemonade stand… Super hero store.
We have lots of ideas for how to use this stand. ;)

I’m writing this post giving you the general inspiration!
You can take it away from here!

I used the original cubbies that I already had as the base.
I got ours at Home Depot.
They have similar designs at ALL the stores.
IKEA, Target, Walmart, Kmart etc etc.
Measure the tops and sides of your cubbies.
I got one big panel of plywood. (Over by the smaller panels of wood.)
I was able to use that sheet to make all my cuts at home, but if you don’t have a saw
you can give them your measurements at Home Depot and they can help you out!
I would have made my measurements and cuts a little differently
(let the top be longer and hang over the side pieces)
BUT.. we had four kids hovering around us and it was a-get it done now we have to do
other things like make them dinner-kind of moment.
I was able to use the whole panel for my cuts of wood.
I then used two 6 foot pieces of wood to hold up the sign.
I trimmed four or so inches off of those to get the height I wanted.
Ben screwed the big pieces in and then we found our nail gun battery, and finished off the rest with that.
I gave everything a quick sanding with a sanding block. Didn’t go crazy.
Then I gave a quick coat to the new wood with my Rust-oleum Chalk Paint in Linen.
I had some leftover from a previous project. Doesn’t take much!

Next I took my chalkboard adhesive and just cut out the size I needed and stuck it to the board!
It was pretty forgiving as I was lining it up and laying it onto the piece of wood.
I feel like it looks better than if I would have painted it…just a more polished look.
Then we hung it up behind the two tall pieces and nail gunned it on.
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Done! Let the playing begin!
I ordered some toy vegetables on Amazon and they arrived earlier today.
Perfect timing!

Makes my heart happy seeing how much the kids love playing with it.
They take turns being the customers and worker.
I know it will be put to use often for different things.
Summer is around the corner, so I’m thinking a lemonade stand is in our near future.

Have a great weekend!
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DIY Pallet Letter Sign Tutorial


This was a random spur of the moment DIY project that came together super quick.
I already had everything on hand for this, but even if you don’t, it only takes a few things!
We had a pallet left in our backyard when we moved here last year and
I had these YUM letters from Michaels that I got for 70% off!
You can use any type of letters you want, I loved the metal and wood look of these.
The U had a mirror fall on it. (long story) so it doesn’t work..that’s why for now I don’t have them lit,
I thought it might look funny to only have the y and m on haha.

Ben had taken apart the pallet and I chose 4 boards that had the coloring I liked.
I removed the nails and gave it a rough sanding job.
Then the hubby stepped in while I held Asher and he used two other pieces of the pallet board to connect
in the back, Just putting a vertical piece and nailing in multiple spots to make it nice and solid.
The photos show the wood in different colors, but that’s just the light
and filters because I didn’t stain it at all. I’m planning on doing another sign like
this but using white linen chalkboard paint from Home Depot on it!

Once the board was together, I hammered in the nails to hang the letters on.
I like that I can remove these letters if I want to change it up one day.
If you have flat and light weight letters, you could just use some sort of adhesive.
I used the drill to put a hole in each top corner and knotted some rope I had from Home Depot.
I found that the easiest way to hang it up and I like the different textures; wood metal and rope!

Here’s where my YUM sign is currently hanging in our Kitchen!
If you want to see the DIY on this IKEA shelving unit check out this post.

I love the rustic look of the sign, and it came together so quickly!
I’m all about easy DIY projects that I can do while the kids play around me in the backyard.
If you ever make one and share it on Instagram, tag me!! @athomewithnatalie

DIY IKEA Shelving Unit Farmhouse Makeover



I love the farmhouse style, and have slowly been working it into my home decor.
I had a metal IKEA shelf already, and decided to give it a little
farmhouse makeover and put it to use in my kitchen!
The IKEA MULIG Shelving Unit comes in a few different sizes and prices. I had the biggest one and it’s $59.99
I knew I wanted to warm it up and get some wood into my kitchen!
I considered spray painting the metal dark since I already had the spray paint, but
ended up leaving it because I liked the pop and that it was bright and cheery!
I think that if it was in a different room, I would have gone for the dark metal look.
I have one more shelf, so I’ll probably go that route and put it in the boys’ shared room!
It would look SO CUTE that way too.

This DIY project was way easier than you might think.
You can really use any metal shelving unit you have, just measure them and head to Home Depot!

I picked out a piece of plywood and they cut my shelves to size for me.
My shelf measurements were—- length: 46 1/4th and depth: 12 7/8th
(I ended up with some wood left over that I plan on using to cover my IKEA buffet table!)

Use Sandpaper and do a quick once over of your shelves.

Just stain the wood with one coat. (I used Special Walnut stain – 1 qt size)

Then use construction adhesive to attach the wood to the metal.
My husband grabbed this brand and it worked SO MUCH easier than past ones I’ve tried.
It’s a little more, price wise, but totally worth it.

I put some bricks on the wood to help it stick down to the metal.
Not all the shelves needed the weight though.
Attach the shelving unit to the wall and you are good to go!

I really needed a place to store my Le Creuset pans.
They kept getting moved around from the top of the fridge to the oven to the counter.
Not functional. But this is the perfect spot for them! Keeping the lids on and wipe the lid before using of course,
But it just makes the shelving unit pop and I love being able to see them throughout the day.


I grabbed these hooks at Target to update our little backpack station.
Added two on the other side for my tote bags.
Love how they ended up matching the shelves perfectly.
I’ll share more about this little area another day!

 I love the pops of color mixed in with the white dishes and wood.
A part of me really wants to have a house with only neutrals and natural textures…
but that’s not happening these days.
I’m working with a lot of what I already have and life with kids.
They love bright plates. lol. So bright plates it is!
I’m learning to mix the styles and enjoy both at the same time.
As I’m adding pieces to our decor, I’m going more for the neutral farmhouse but classic pieces.
So over time I’m gathering these pieces that I love and can use as I makeover our house!
I love the containers I had found last month at Michaels and used for the kid plates and cups.
Took the plates to the farmhouse style I like!
It’s at their level so they can grab them and help set the table.
It just makes my heart and mind happy when everything has a place. haha.

So I kind of have a globe thing.
It’s definitely a thing, ask my hubby.
Whenever he goes to good will I’m like “Look for globes!”…haha.
Which he replies, “always do!” He’s a good man. ;)


 Can we talk about this plant for a quick second.
OK. farmhouse style plants can get PRICEY.
I love joanna and chip gaines like everyone else, but I don’t have the budget for their store…just yet.
I just can’t swing it for most of the items. I’m a world market, target, hobby lobby,
IKEA and michaels kind of girl in this season of life!
I found this plant at IKEA. $9.99 and then found this pot which I LOVE at Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks!
Not on sale it’s $4. which is insane to begin with. It looks so cool. They had a bunch of fun sizes.

The YUM sign was a project I made with things we already had around the house!
I had gotten the letters for 70 percent off at Michaels and used a
pallet board that was left in our backyard when we moved in!
I’ll share a full tutorial on that later this week.


I’m so happy with how it turned out! It really brings that farmhouse style into the kitchen in a big way.
I love that with shelving units you have the freedom and fun of changing things around over time.
Decorating for different seasons, and enjoying items that might otherwise be hidden away in a pantry or cabinet!

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and when I find fun items to make our house a home!
(If I find a good deal when I’m out, I share the details with my people!)

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