Shop Counter

I have been working for the last couple of days on a counter for my retail shop. Because I don’t have much square footage in that room I wanted a counter that was not too large.  I read an article a few years ago about selling at craft shows, which said that when you have customers it is best not to sit nor display your crafts at a regular table height. I found this to be true, because customers are usually standing, and if you are sitting on a chair, they are looking down on you.  So… my counter would be made at a height that I could use while seated on a bar stool.

I decided to use 1″ x 4″ wood and paint the wood different colours and then distress them.  This is how I make a lot of my products, with the distressed look.

Since I am on an island, I chose beach type colours… white, two shades of turquoise and two shades of blue.

I laid out the pieces of wood to see how many I would need side-by-side to make the front of my counter and figured that ten pieces would be best.  That ends up being about 36″ wide.  I used only four pieces for the sides and it is U-shaped.

Horizontally, on the top and bottom of the painted pieces I used some worn looking 1″ x  6″ pieces of wood that were “hanging around!”
Here’s a side section, the painted boards are pin nailed to the horizontal ones:

The top was made with four pieces of the same 1″ x 6″ boards, which kind of look like barn board, they are a nice grey-brown.  The top overhangs the front and sides by about 1 1/4″.

Step right up, I’d be happy to serve you!

Darn… now I have to find a stool, I’m not sure I want to make one, but who knows?

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0 thoughts on “Shop Counter”

  1. perfect choice Julie! I made something similar for my craft shows and I really like the height of it. It's easier for the cash or credit transaction when the customer doesn't have to bend over. 🙂

    Love the colors!

    gail

  2. Looks great! The colors are perfect as is the slightly aged quality of the wood – perfect contrast in front of the blackboard wall as well.
    Will you be adding a couple of shelves under there?
    David

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