Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand Canopy

Spray-Painted-Striped Lemonade Stand Canopy

Iemonade cart with striped canopy

painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape


My niece, Sophie, is quite the entrepreneur with chickens and a garden.  She’s been asking for a lemonade stand because she wants to sell fresh eggs and produce as well as lemonade.  So on my recent trip to Idaho, I helped her and her mom build a one.  It turned out cute, and really functional with lots of storage, chalkboard painted panels, and large casters, but it was missing pizazz.



We decided that a canopy would add the visual punch that the stand was missing and provide shade for customers and workers.  We didn’t want to spend a lot of $$ on outdoor fabric so we went to The Home Depot and picked up a painter’s tarp,  a can of Rustoleum gloss (paint and primer in one) spray paint and a roll of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to create stripes.

canopy supplies



With one person at each end of the tarp, we pulled the tape taut and pressed it down making sure to keep the line straight and pressed down the whole way to make sure that there was good adhesion between the tape and the tarp. I didn’t worry about making sure the lines were perfectly straight for this canopy (like I would have been had if I were making drapes for my living room).  I’m not ALWAYS a perfectionist!



We used a high gloss spray paint with primer, and were careful not to spray at an angle, rather tried to spray directly down as much as possible. Sophie was a great help with the spray can!paint_stripes_2


Pulling the tape off was the best part.  Sophie held onto one end and ran to the end of the yard with a blue and yellow tape ribbon trailing behind her.  It was like a day at the carnival!



Wahoo! Perfectly crisp, gorgeous stripes! The spray paint worked awesome, not flakey or cracky, and it didn’t seem to stiffen the fabric at all. I love it!



To create the canopy, I use  six 1/2 by 48 inch inch wood dowels and three packages of D-ring hangars.  I cut my main piece to be the length of the lemonade stand plus 7 inches on each end for seams and a triangle edge border detail.  I cut two stripes of fabric 25 inches long and sewed these to the sides of the main piece. Then sewed a seam to create a 3/4 inch channel that could hold a dowel on the three edges that would overhang. Then I cut a zigzag edge details on all of the ends.  The painters tarp that I used had a PVC coating on one side to make it waterproof, it also keeps the fabric from fraying—YAY no hemming!



Next I cut a 2×4″  piece of fabric onto the edges just above the channel to reinforce the fabric. Then I hand stitched D-ring hangers onto the back side (these are the things that you screw into picture frames to hang them).



I built a super simple canopy frame and added Velcro to the corners.



The addition of the striped canopy really added some wow factor to Sophie’s Lemonade stand!

Iemonade cart with striped canopy

What is really important with a lemonade stand is the customers, and they seem pretty happy with it too!

 Iemonade cart with striped canopy




painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape


painter's tape, scotchblue painter's tape, tape

This post was brought to you in partnership with The Home Depot and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.


  1. I want to unsubscribe and cannot find out how anywhere on your website. I am not interested currently in doing home projects. Thank you for unsubscribing me.
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  2. i love this moroccan inspired bench makeover, although i’m not sure I’m artistic enough to do it myself:

    rafflecopter: daniel

  3. Sherry Lykins says:
  4. Harmony B says:
  5. I don’t have kids yet, but when I do, I totally want to make a water blob! I think it looks amazing, as does your super cute lemonade stand!! http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2013/05/diy-water-blob-tips-and-tricks.html

  6. That’s really cute! It’d be great for a charity bake sale stand.

  7. oops – niece

  8. This is an adorable project and your neice is adorable, too! Someday, we will be reading about her billion dollar start up going public! :)

  9. I wish I had your talent. Everything you make is beautiful! But, I keep reading and I’m trying. Homedepot has become my new favorite store! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Your blog is awesome. Little by little my confidence is building as my son and I adventure into diy.

  11. I have so many “favorites”, but here is a simple one that I’m loving by “Shanty 2 Chic” http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/07/address-numbers-post-planter.html

  12. Yellow stripes, I love them! I always dreamed of a Kool-Aid stand as a kid. I think Sophie has quite a future ahead of her. And some mad carpentry skills! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Debra Lee says:
  14. Cathy J says:

    My fav comes from IHeart Organizing when she created an outdoor entertaining cart.

  15. Leslie Stewart @ House on the Way says:

    I’m sharing one of my favorite painting projects from this summer. My Seahorse Towel Hooks…http://www.houseontheway.com/seahorse-towel-hooks/

  16. Annet M says:

    Great giveaway! I have a million ideas for a million projects, but not the million $ budget so this would be awesome!

  17. Feral Turtle says:

    What a wonderful Auntie you are. I bet she was just thrilled!

  18. BornInaZoo (Bonnie K.) says:

    I’ve been looking for a solution to attach some lightweight fabric between the new deck arbor & my house to provide some shade. The d-ring idea is perfect!

  19. Farheen says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. These are so cute. I may use this method for curtains for my porch. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Gretchen says:

    I really need to work on our outdoor furniture. http://inmyownstyle.com/2013/06/how-to-paint-outdoor-furniture.html

  22. Mary S. says:

    I love white house black shutters, wifi word art. http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/wifi-password-art/

  23. Jessica N. says:

    We are moving in to a new-to-us house that is in need of a major kitchen DIY moment! ONE of my favorite bloggers has the plans to paint the 1970′s cabinets white: http://www.beneathmyheart.net/2013/04/painting-kitchen-cabinets-white/
    Would love to get going on this project that would make a huge difference… :)

  24. kelly thompson says:
  25. http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2013/07/stenciledbathroom/ This is such a cute bathroom with the stenciled walls! It would be great for my powder room. :)

  26. can’t wait to try behr’s deck over paint to spruce up an old splintery picnic table we’ve got! http://handyinks.blogspot.com/2013/06/behr-deckover-deck-treatment.html

  27. Claresa says:

    We are tackling a fence update. Our chosen design should look like this when we’re done. http://www.kirsch-korff.com/Pages/picture_portfolio_arbor_deck_fence_gate/fence11_modern_horizontal_redwood_west_los_angeles.htm

  28. Debbie Wilson says:

    I miss having chickens and want to make this soon!!! http://www.ehow.com/way_5864455_easy-chicken-house-plans.html#page=1

  29. AWESOME!

  30. Jane Stanford Booer says:

    I have already been paintin my outdoor furniture but I havent painted any with glass so that I need to tape off part of it, gotta try this on my other outdoor furniture also


  31. Jessie C. says:

    Like this project-http://pinterest.com/pin/56787645274304342/

  32. Jane Stanford Booer says:

    this is a fantastic idea and also another project I am dyeing to try is a little hen house, here is a link that I will go by when I make it..


  33. I want to stain my front porch floor (cement) and patio…gray cement just isn’t making the grade anymore .

  34. ellen casper says:
  35. Suzanne B says:

    This floor painting project caught my eye a while ago and I am tempted to try it but I am a little chicken I would not use the right combo of colors to accomplish what I would like, I need to experiment on some plywood first. http://simplystonehaven.blogspot.com/2012/06/hand-painted-faux-slate-tile-floor-on.html

  36. Jane of All Trades says:

    I love this embroidery DIY constellation runner that Design*Sponge featured a couple of months ago. But I want to take this idea and make a summer blanket, perfect for picnics and nights outside watching fireworks. http://www.designsponge.com/2013/04/embroidery-101-french-dot-constellation-runner.html

  37. My plans are to make this cute bench for our patio and another for our mud room!

  38. Jamie Larsen says:
  39. Love it! My 6 year old and 3 year old just had their first lemonade stand (we used a Melissa & Doug lemonade stand that they play with indoors). They made a ton of money thanks to generous tippers. Such fun for all of us!

  40. Jake's a Girl says:

    Too Cute! And smart, too. I bet she loved it.
    Beats the heck out of the cardboard box my friend and I used as kids. :)

    Jake’s a Girl

  41. I love these Adirondack chairs by Ana White!

  42. Jen Marrs says:

    Oh my word I am loving that awesome lemonade stand!!

    I am going to go with Mom 4 Real and her Barn Door Inspired Chest– LOVE IT! http://www.mom4real.com/2013/07/barn-door-inspired-chest.html

  43. Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says:

    I’m still pretty proud of my own dresser makeover…not exactly a huge build, but man was it a chore! :)