Throwback with Fresh Vibes - Display Risers Tutorial

One of my most popular blog posts was a tutorial for creating these Display Risers. People have been sharing it all over Pinterest lately! The post is actually from five years ago, so it's actually one of the VERY first things I every posted about - I'm so happy it's been useful for others.

To go waaaaaaaay back in time, there's a story behind the risers. I was gearing up for my first "show" with Senn & Sons - the San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair. I sat down with my friend Brooke Bryand, who was there sharing her photography business, and we hashed out all the things that would make great booths. After our brainstorm session, I created a Mood Board for my booth and then created some detailed plans for pulling it all together.

Mood Board for my Birth & Baby Fair booth.

Mood Board for my Birth & Baby Fair booth.

Sketch of my plans (details included above) for the booth and the final set-up.

Sketch of my plans (details included above) for the booth and the final set-up.

The past five years have flown by, but since this post is still connecting, I wanted to do a little fresh thinking about it and share some new ideas for how to update it!

1. PAINT IT!

Use bright colors to create a beautiful abstract piece of art (a la Ashley Mary, Britt Bass or Michelle Armas.

Ashley Mary  //  Britt Bass Turner  //  Michelle Armas

Ashley Mary  //  Britt Bass Turner  //  Michelle Armas

2. MAKE IT A CHALKBOARD! 

Paint the whole thing with a custom-colored chalkboard paint (I like Benjamin Moore paints and now ALL of the colors can be made into chalkboard paint!). You could display your items with little descriptions or prices - so cute. (Get inspired by this display from Julie Ann Art.)

Photo from Julie Ann Art

Photo from Julie Ann Art

 

3. MARBLEIZE IT! 

Try covering with gorgeous faux marble adhesive paper for a glam look.

Bad photoshop version of how this might look. :)

Bad photoshop version of how this might look. :)

Sources for faux marble paper:  Amazon  //  Wallpops  //  Glam Gold & White

Using marble-look contact paper is such a fun way to update these risers, but check out how others have used the same material to update other furniture!

Style Me Pretty's Updated Side Table:

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Anyway, it was so fun to go back to check out the humble beginnings of Senn & Sons (which is still pretty humble, I might add). It's a good reminder that a little creativity mixed with a whole lot of elbow grease yields some really fun results! 

Get the full tutorial here: http://www.sennandsons.com/blog/diy-display-risers

And please share if you've used it and had success!! I love seeing photos of your work.