Turn any old piece of furniture into a beautiful, functional, DIY market display with a lick of paint and some clever engineering 😉

DIY Market Display Drawer for earrings or other products

Several years ago I completed this DIY market display project, and it was so fun and easy, anyone could do it! I picked up an ugly old laminated bedside chest of drawers from The Green Shed for $10 (formally Aussie Junk) in Mitchell, and went to work on the top drawer, converting it into a jewellery stand suitable for a market stall for your creative business.

Pretty earrings on hooks

3 drawer bedside table I picked up from Aussie Junk in Mitchell for $10 (top drawer is the one I used)

Before shot, kinda ugly

First I removed the handle, then painted the whole drawer white. From memory I used regular white ceiling paint, but spray paint would work like a charm too.

I painted the handle a metallic blue/teal, then used Mod-Podge and Kaisercraft patterned paper to cover the sides of the drawer for a bit of contrast to the white. You could use this as an opportunity to “theme” your display to suit your branding or market stall style.

Painted white, papered on the side, hooks made from an old wire coat hanger, handle painted, and everything mod podged!

I then used wire cutters to snip an old wire coat hanger into lengths about 10cm long, which I bent up at the ends, and then hot-glued into small holes (made with a nail and hammer) at the back (the base) of the drawer. I painted these white also.

The coat hanger wire was the perfect gauge to hold several earring tags at once quite steadily, without being too difficult to bend.

Finally I covered the whole thing in Mod-Podge to give it a nice glossy sheen.

My new set up on the shelf in my study, much more organised than before!

And that’s it! The drawer is easy to carry by the handle, so you could hang all your earring tags the day before and not have to worry about setting it all up on the morning of the market, which I always found really time consuming and a bit stressful when doing a market stall. The more prepared you are before actually arriving, the better!

Have you made any of your own market display set up? Post a link in the comments below so I can check it out! =) 

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