Tuesday, June 30, 2015

that ladder isn't straight

Eons ago i was driving Lily to saturday practise and I spotted a huge heap of rubbish at the side of the road. It was absolute crap outside a nasty looking apartment building but I have no standards, as has been proven on many an occasion, so I stopped after dropping said child off and had a looky, from the safety of my car.

The only thing I could see was a ladder, but not the sort I wanted. I have been looking for an old rickety wooden, the older and ricketier the better, ladder  for ages. This was a bunk bed ladder. Oh well in to the car it fell. I knew what I wanted to do with it but in the mean time it would have to get old so outside in the elements it must go.

 I left it there for a long time as it wasn't the ladder I wanted and I bought more and more roadside finds into the back yard until it was starting to look like an episode from hoarders. ENOUGH.

It was highly varnished and pine and gross
off with the finish

adding a few details. I used a sock full of screws and beat it senseless.
The plan was to stain it and give it a weathered look. I only had a white satin paint and that wasn't wiping off so in the end I asked Rosie to go and find a can of white satin spray paint and she got busy spraying it. Since it wasn't the ladder i wanted it I guess it made sense that I had to rethink it all. It is finished now.

Amazing what a little imagination can do isn't it?
Last night when I got to work I showed the wife of a client as we both love to do this sort of stuff and she says, oh we have a really old ladder do you want it? And the client says, but it is really rickety. Yes, they did! arghhh!


  1. What a great idea! You are so clever and resourceful. :)

  2. Love what you did with it. Get the other ladder & create another one!

  3. I love how you are so crafty! What a fun idea!