Lemonade Stand

For months, Janie Kathryn has been begging to have a lemonade stand. She made her own 6-year-old attempt with a cardboard box, to no avail. So, I promised her that we'd build one over the Easter weekend, using materials we already have around the house.

After digging through the shed, we found this gem from years past. It used to a microwave stand. Who knew it could double as a fabulous lemonade stand in its second life? Once I found this forgotten treasure, I hatched a plan and handed off the hard work to engineering, more commonly known as my husband, Jorma...AKA Daddy.

We purchased yellow paint and two L-brackets for $8.00. I painted and then put Daddy to work, adding a shelf to the back of the stand (that would soon be the front of the stand).

While Daddy was busy with drill, Janie Kathryn and I painted the sign. We used wood from a never-built sandbox that came with our swing set. It was the perfect size and already stained!

I was a little concerned about how to make pretty (legible) letters and decided on tracing with a twist. I printed the letters, placing the paper on top of the wood and tracing with a sturdy pencil. VoilĂ ! A faint imprint that allows for a pretty L-E-M-O-N-A-D-E!

To save money on spray paint, as well as give my spraying finger a reprieve, I scrounged up some leftover contact paper...leftover from wallpapering the kitchen of Janie Kathryn's dollhouse. I was really pleased with the color scheme! I added a sweet little pom-pom trim, a leftover from sprucing up a lamp in JK's bedroom. The only thing left to do is wait for the Easter Bunny and hope he would bring all the appropriate accouterments for a successful lemonade stand. Good ole EB didn't disappoint!

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