Mad Maine Vintage Shop

This little blog will chronicle my ventures into selling vintage items in a local antique market.
My booth is called Mad Maine Vintage Shop - it features items inspired by a certain popular TV show,
and I am located in lovely Maine. Viva Vintage!



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Sneak Peek

So, I have been itching to do something with my booth since the brown paneling and grungy walls were getting on my nerves.  There was just too much brown going on, and as much I like brown (in fact, it is among my favorite colors), it made my actual brown items disappear.  So, last week I went and got some sandpaper, primer, paint color, brush and rollers.  I figured if I bought it, I would actually use it.  And on Friday, I had two and a half hours to spare and decided to tackle a small corner and give it a test run.  Here it is - my new light aqua space!  I am getting used to it, and notice how the top shelf, which is still brown, is dark in the corners whereas the newly painted shelf is lighter.  The contrast with my brown and teak things is so much better. 



Turning away from the dark side I am
 
 
Now, the paint was about 98% dry, which is why I did not stage the painted shelf better and I did not put up any pictures yet on the wall below.  But I really am excited to see such lighter space!  I think I will keep some of the shelves brown on the opposite wall for lighter items.  However, considering how long it took me to prep (move stuff out of the way), clean the wall and shelf, prime and paint, I think this project will stretch over a couple of weeks.  Never mind how much I wanted this project to be an HGTV 1/2 hour before-and-after experience...
 
What do you think? Any advice going forward?


8 comments:

  1. Lighter color much, much better. I am a huge fan of white because everything stands out against it. Certain colors set a mood, like orange,aqua, or yellow, but white is neutral and some may say, boring. But, most things look good against it, except...white items. So there's my 2 cents.

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    1. I tend to agree. I purposely went with a light aqua since it seems to be such a retro color right now, and it makes a nice contrast with browns, teak, and even other retro colors. My one wall was already white, but really grungy. I will keep one or two spaces/shelves intact with the paneling so that I can display white items against it :-)

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  2. It looks so much better now. Everything pops and looks so much brighter...sure to catch the customer's eyes:-)

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    1. Thanks, Betsy. I was hoping for the popping effect!

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  3. I think the lighter color looks really good! And I'm a huge fan of aqua too. It looks so neat with pretty much any color. Retro, but still clean and modern looking. Good choice!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa - I know you have fabulous aqua on your blog too :-)

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  4. You get a thumbs up from me. It's a much fresher look. I like it.

    Sending energy your way. I know what a pain in the butt that kind of task is.

    Is that a Tang pitcher I spy?

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    1. Thanks, also for the engergy transfer :-) And YES - thank you, I knew I had seen this pitcher before, but had forgotten that it was for Tang. It's the one with atomic stars, super cute (especially with aqua background, lol)

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