04 March 2011

Love for Ladders

I was telling someone early how I found it funny that you can come across a blog with some brilliant idea and suddenly you NEED this thing you never knew you needed before.  Yep I do it do, you don't have to be ashamed.  This is how I ended up with this new piece of functional art in my living room yesterday.  I saw a blog post of someone who used one as a book shelf and another in a bathroom etc... I just knew I too, HAD TO HAVE ONE!

Since my trunk that housed the throw blankets is now in the formal living area I decided that was much too far for my chunk butt to travel each time I needed a cozy little blanky.  So my new ladder is taking it's place.

I failed to take too many pictures of the "process" since there wasn't much to it.  But taking the ladder apart was more difficult than I originally anticipated.  All the brackets and metal hinges were riveted on! 
(Of course they were because I just can't seem to get into a project and it turn out as simple as I imagined it too.)

It was a bit of a pain to drill them all out. I'd say there were about 12 total. Not too bad though and totally worth it.

Next I sanded it lightly.  I wanted a old distressed look but I had to sand it because I didn't want any splinters while I was wiping my stain on.  Here it was before the stain.

And after...

I didn't work the stain into the grooves of the steps.  I thought it gave it a neat effect this way.

Sorry about my soap opera on the box... it helps me feel like there is another adult in the house lol.

There you have it.  My new blanket rack/book shelf/decorative wall piece.


Tammy @ Type A said...

very cool, much better stained.

Debra@Dejarenew.blogspot.com said...

Sommer. I love this. I have an old ladder in my yard that I plan to do something similar with. I have used it in my garden for a plant stand but I want to change because it is all chippy and cute. Thanks for the inspiration. Love what you did. Thanks for the invite to your linky party. I linked up the lamp :) Yay. Did you post this on mine as well? If not you should come link up :) thx Deb @ Dejarenew

Susan EvelynAndRose said...

Hello Sommer,
You did an amazing job on that ladder! It is true how other blogs give us so many ideas for projects.
Thanks for visiting recently,

Elizabeth said...

Love this! Perfect for hanging cozy blankets!

Elizabeth said...

A question, why did you take it apart? Did you need to for sanding it or did you change out the ladder rungs to larger ones to use as a shelf? Would love to know so I can try it myself!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, this is gooorgeous! I'd love to have a ladder like this, leaning casually against the wall.

I love the ridging on yours. It's beautiful.


willowcreek said...

Very nice and a great idea! I actually found a bunk bed ladder a few weeks ago at the Habitat, I was going to use it in the bathroom for towels but I like your idea better!

Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for sharing this one!!! xx

Cassie Bustamante said...

nicely done- you staged it just beautifully!

Brandy J. said...

I can't believe you actually MADE this!! You are one talented woman. I'm new to your blog and really love it!

Ashley said...

Awesome job!

{northern cottage} said...

oh my word - we both had a ladder with a a brown blanket strung over to the right of our TV...that is scary similar! too funny!

Aimee @ Explore, Learn, Have Fun! said...

I love it!! It has such character!
I've got an old wooden ladder in the garage that just might find itself repurposed! : )

I'm your newest follower. Hope you will stop by and follow me back!

Have a great weekend ~
aimee @

Melissa N. said...

You are so right about seeing something on a blog and wanting it!needing it!

Lovely ladder and I love the use for it!

Christina said...

I've always wanted a "decorative ladder"!! For real! This looks great :)

Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"!! :)

Christina said...

I featured this project today on my blog...thanks for linking it up! Come grab a "featured" button...you deserve it! :)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Your persistence paid off, Sommer. Your ladder-turned-blanket rack/book shelf/decorative wall piece looks great.

Thanks for linking to the party. Still hoping you're gonna link that humor of yours to Funny Faux Pas Follies, though! ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Cristie said...

I love ladders they are so much fun to decorate with. Yours looks great.

MojoMama said...

Beautifully done! And I can't imagine a better set of books for the ladder! An amazing series, and they look great there. I love the whole idea!!


Jenelle said...

SO I've loved this idea for months, and you were my inspiration!! I Linked you to my blog and you can see my ladder too! My blog is really new.. so sorry more people cant see your amazing blog! haha hope you enjoy it!! =)

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