Monday, May 22, 2017

DIY Barbie Vintage Boutique

Hi, I'm Vickie and I'm guest hosting this week on OLD NEW GREEN REDO for Sandi.

I love OLD vintage clothes and have always wanted to open a Vintage Clothing Shop. 

I found just the right space to remodel and REDO fixtures to make VICKIE'S VINTAGE 
a dream come true.
The DIY space is large and airy---perfect for a boutique diorama.  I hope I will be able to fill the huge space with all my vintage Barbie finds.

The back wall is 15" x 30" and the side wall is 15" x 22". I made a half-wall on the left side---so there is plenty of room for big people shoppers to move all the 1:6 scale Barbie friends around to shop.

 Ryan helped me wallpaper the walls in pink wrapping paper ($1.50 roll from Michael's bargain bins.) We used double-faced tape, so I can change my decor at whim. I generously turned the paper to the back side and packing taped it there also. The thinner foam core side walls are taped with packing tape, so they are foldable.
For the floor we used thick foam core ($6.99 40% off coupon so $4.20 at Michael's) covered in silver poster board (99cents a sheet--HL). We used two sheets of poster paper and have a lot left over. 
Luckily regular duct tape matched the silver and gave the floor edge a nice finish. 

The walls are thinner foam core and are dress-maker pinned to the floor from the outside in. Pushing long pins in on angles, helps to keep it secure. If you have really young ones shopping you could tape it all. But, pinned, we can still pick the whole thing up, move it, or fold it up for storage.

Here are my OLD fixtures, from here and there. The chairs I had from home. Left to right, the Monster High cabinet was 99 cents. The three black small fixtures are candle holders (99 cents each)
The clothing rack was some sort of office thing---for $1.00.
 The jewelry fixture was $1.99. These were all purchased at the local GoodWill.
The cabinet was in great condition but had no back. I ordered this online. 
I plan to use silver mounting board for the back and shelves.

This cute earring rack ($1.99) will make a great accessories display.

The three candle holders can be used for displays or maybe a seating with cushions. So hard to tell what to do until it's all put together.

One of my furniture bargains was bought online, for too much---($22.00) but I knew I really needed one statement piece for the shop. You know everything is old/vintage/ but needs to be classy too. 
I plan to use this for swimsuits, and lingerie, maybe accessories.

Any way, I will silver the inside of the doors and the back with silver papers, I already had. We hope to stick to a budget of $40.00 for the physical store and fixtures. I spent 22.00 on the cabinet, and impulse purchase. Maybe I should have chosen differently? Sigh, it's too late now.

We finished the outside of the service wall with more silver poster board (99cents a sheet). My last minute sticker signs aren't sticking...and we are opening today!!!!EEEEK!

The Monster High REDO looks great backed with the silver  and on the shelves too. No one will even notice the 'skull' theme in the plastic. Eventually this will be a perfume and cosmetics display. For the opening it will be used for hair accessories, glasses and hats...
oops a vintage frisbee on the bottom shelf.

This is amazing how well the office rack works for hanging clothes. We had to do nothing to this.
Just the right height even for formals.
I had no luck finding a check-out counter so we decided to build a NEW one from two Christmas card boxes that had clear plastic tops. Lots of tape---cutting and covering with contact paper. Hardest part was to figure out how to make it work. The box was just the right counter height.

I need storage for bags, and jewelry displays. And I have some vintage electronics I want locked up.
Wow, I think this will work. 
Now to cover it all in silver liner and black contact paper. Let's hope this works.

 It's really rickety, hopefully the black contact paper will stabilize it.

WOW! My NEW counter.
Here's the front with the silver and the cardboard covered in black. 
A REDO from basically nothing. No cost, as I had the papers in my scrapbooking stash 
and the contact paper is from a huge roll of chalkboard paper.
 We used the plastic box covers for the shelves.
It looks just like glass. Now to stock everything, in a hurry.

On the back to the side is bag storage behind a door. 
I found pink bags and large white foldable box/bags at Michael's, for $2.49 and $2.99. 
Hopefully, I can get some made from scratch--when there isn't so much to do.

Heres the access door behind the counter. It's kinda tricky to get in there and move everything around.

Luckily the DIY plastic/glass cabinet still slides out. I'm so glad we didn't tape up that side. 
Notice the OLD vintage record player and boom box...and those huge ear-muff speakers. 
Wow, OLD electronics have sure changed in the last 20 years.

The NEW counter top is scrap book paper in this great marble pattern with three coats of Mod Podge.

We really needed sturdy shelving for tippy, tiny shoes. Barbie's have so many different sized feet, so this is what we came up with. Only $1.00 an OLD wood silverware box, I painted with white enamel.

This is a great REDO, just paint. I didn't even cover up the handles.
I may have to put more shelves in this later, but for now---for the Grand Opening, it will work.

It didn't take long to fill the shoe shelf up---Golly! See the great vintage-wheeled it!

Now, to get all the clothes and fixtures up and ready for Grand Opening. 
I'm so excited to share VICKIE's VINTAGE,
Thanks again to Grandma Sandi for letting me fill in for her today.

Thanks always for visiting. 
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Thank you for your cooperation, Sandi Magle

I will be sharing at these fine Parties!



  1. So cute!Glad to visit you!Hugs,Maristella.

  2. Thank you Maristella. The Granddaughter was so surprised when it was done.
    She brought three dolls with to shop, Thanks for stopping by, Sandi

  3. This is so cute! I have a lot of Barbie stuff of our youngest daughters at our home still. It's all in totes. Our little granddaughter, Saydee loves pulling them out and playing with them. Boy, she would love something like this! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Well honestly everything but the cabinet was under $2.00 and the foam core wasn't about 6.50...can't have more fun then that on a few bucks. What really amazed me, is how a 4- year old knows the concept of a budget, and what she likes with what. And sometimes she doesn't pick anything for a particular doll.
      Grins, thanks for visiting, Sandi


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