Tuesday, October 14, 2014

"L" is for Lemonade Stand

Build: diy classic lemonade stand

It's hard to believe but of all the pieces I have built never have I done an official lemonade stand.  So when a friend asked me to build one for an event I said sure!  She requested a stand similar to Kristyn's at Lil' Luna here and I got to building.

It's big, like big enough for an adult.
48"w x 24.5"d x 77"h

And I added a removable chalkboard to the front.

There's plenty of workspace on the cedar planked top.

And also plenty of space behind to add at least two chairs.

I did paint 'lemonade' on both sides of the sign so it will be visible for customers.

How to build a classic lemonade stand:

Shopping list:

- 5 - 1x6x8 cedar planks
- 4 - 1x4x8 cedar planks
- 2 - 2x3x8 studs
- 2 - 2x4x8 studs
- 2 - 1x3x6 pine board
- 1/4" plywood pieces
- 2x2 @ 12" or 4 - 3" scraps

Cut list:

- 4 - 2x4 @ 29 1/4" (legs)
- 4 - 2x3 @ 9" (cross supports)
- 2 - 2x3 @ 43" (front cross supports)
- 1 - 2x4 @ 43" (back cross support)
- 14 - 1x6 @ 29 1/4" (base sides & front wrap)
- 7 - 1x4 @ 48" (top)

- 2 - 1x3x6 (sign posts)
- 1 - 1/4"ply @ 10" x 48" (sign)
- 4 - 2x2 @ 3" (sign post guides)

- 1 - 1/4"ply @ 24" x 35" (chalkboard sign)
- 2 - 1x2 @ 23" (chalkboard sign backer)

Step 1: Build the frame.  Start with the short ends then connect using the longer front and back cross supports.

Notice the pocket holes going upwards later for attaching the top.

Step 2: Assemble the top.  7 boards wide all connected flush using pocket holes.

Step 3:  Attach the top to the base frame using the predrilled pocket holes and 2" screws.

Step 4: Prepaint front and sides of slats then sand to distress.

Step 5:  Attach slats to front and sides using finish nails.

Step 6: Determine placement of sign posts and jigsaw a 1x3 opening with a little extra wiggle room.

Step 7: At the base of the frame support attach 2 scrap 2x2 pieces to guide the sign posts and hold in place.

Step 8: For the chalkboard secure 2 - 1x2 pieces at back. (I used 3/4" screws predrilled from the front, putty and sand then paint with black chalkpaint.)

Step 9: Insert 2 eye hooks down into 1x2s.

Step 10: Determine where sign will hang and center.  Predrill and screw in hooks.

Take care to be sure hooks DO NOT protrude beyond front edge, you don't want customers getting poked by the hooks and also to prevent them from rubbing up against the chalkboard.

Step 11: To make 'lemonade' sign paint plywood white.  Print out letters using Microsoft Word Gloucester MT Extra Condensed font at 700 point.  Line up print outs on plywood and trace letters with a ballpoint pen using heavy pressure.

Step 12:  The pressure of the pen will leave a slight indent in the wood.  Paint on and inside the indent with bright yellow.

Step 13: Create depth by painting a dark brown shadow down and to the right of every letter.  Sand to distress.  Attach sign to posts.

If you're looking for a smaller kid size version try this play stand:

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. Oh my gosh this is incredibly cute! I bet your kids got a kick out of selling their goods!