Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Made Especially For Amy

Here it is after I cut it in half & dragged it inside to paint
The other day I showed you guys a little peek of something that I was making for my friend, Amy. Well it's all done now so I'm going to share it with everyone...Way back when the weather was warmer I stumbled across a barn sale that was awesome! Luckily I had our van & not my VW bug so I loaded it up! It was a great sale, they had so much stuff & they were practically giving it away so I was in heaven! One of the things that I picked up was an old wooden ladder that had been spray painted black. When I first saw it, I wasn't even sure if it was for sale, but I made an offer anyway. She accepted my offer & in the back of the van it went. I had a couple of ideas on what to do with it but I couldn't make up my mind.  So it sat in my garage waiting....Then my friend asked if I could make something for her to hang all of her belts & purses on........right away & said "yes" & I knew I was going to use the ladder for it. The first thing I did was saw it apart.....

After sawing it into three smaller, more manageable pieces I set about painting it. Right now I do all of my painting outside of my office, in our hallway, right by the front door. Living near Chicago makes painting in my garage not a least not until April or May....( I hate the cold)...

I told my friend what my idea was & once she told me the color she wanted I just went with it......

Looking down the rungs...

Here it is.....I used a couple different kinds & colors of paint (A.S. chalk paint - two shades & three different shades of craft paint that I mixed).....I've come to realize that I can never just use one color, I always end up layering different colors & then sanding over them again to get the color that I like.......

After I was finally done painting I used some graphics from The Graphic's Fairy & a few others that I had & put them on the ladder to give it a little personality.
 In some places I used a few old postcards that I had......
You can see the different colors & layers of paint that I used....old white, paris grey, a pale yellow,and a tan & a cream that I hand mixed......

I love the script on this part...

I sanded & distressed it so parts of the original black paint can be seen in some spots..

Detail on the bottom rung

She is planning on either hanging the pieces on her wall, propping them up against the wall or she can even put them together to form an actual ladder....then she is going to use the rungs to hang her belts on. I also added a some chain & hooks for her purses too, but I forgot to get a picture of those....... I hope Amy is as happy with how it turned out as I am.........

And you know what?.....I still have the third part of the ladder in my looks like a little step ladder now......Now I just have to make up my mind on what I want to do with it :)
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  1. What a great ladder makeover! I love the variation in colors & all the graphic details you used. You definitely have a very lucky friend. I live in Iowa so I am also painting mostly in our large dining room which is right off my office. Found you from POPP over at Domestically Speaking and am now following you :)

  2. Oh wow,...what great vision. Good thing you made that initial offer on the ladder, lol. Thanks for sharing it at our LInk It Up Thursday party today.

  3. Lucky you! I've been looking for an old ladder since forever! Love what you did with it!

  4. this would be SO cute in a vintage boutique shop! YOu should totally pitch your idea to stores...they would LOVE to have this! ha What a great idea!

    (a blog all about COLOR!)

    1. Thanks so much!! I actually have been trying to get into some local stores, but so far I have had no luck :(

  5. What a fun and unique piece--I love old ladders. Thanks for linking up!

  6. Your repurposed ladder is gorgeous - would you make one for me? lol I'm sure your friend will love it. I know what you mean about painting indoors right now because it's too cold to do so in Chicagoland, even in the garage...I love in the far nothern 'burbs. Isn't this March weather ridiculous so far? I am longing for spring!


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