Friday, 18 May 2012

Stairway to Heaven

I’ve always had this wild fascination with ladders, and have dreamed of owning a pair for a long time now. I know it may not be the most conventional piece of furniture, but something about being able to stack and display stuff on them has always had me fascinated.



We stumbled upon these ladders on FreeCycle (a website which people offer free stuff for collection) now I wasn’t fully sure what to expect as the description was pretty vague, so we took a gamble.



On first sight the ladders were a little worse for wear, covered in countless paint splashes and tied together with a bit of old string. But I knew exactly what transformation I had in mind for them.



I have stripped, primed and painted them which is always a bit tiresome (I hate waiting for paint to dry) but the gratification of knowing I’ve made them over, makes it worthwhile.



The moment I took them up to my craft room, I had this sudden urge to create something beautiful and to include some of my most favourite and treasured possessions.



So here we have the finished result.
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24 comments

  1. It looks amazing Alice - great transformation. Please link it up next week on Ta-dah! Tuesday, it would be perfect. And if needed it's still practical as well as beautiful. I've seen a regular ladder hung on a wall and used as a book-shelf too - that also looks great x

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  2. They turned out great! I would never have thought to use steps in this way but they look like great way to showcase little things!

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  3. They look amazing, all your work in stripping, priming and painting them definitely paid off and it goes perfectly with your room. Well done you! X

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  4. Love it! brilliant idea :)

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  5. Looks great! Love the idea,

    Victoria xx

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  6. This looks amazing I love it! :) It goes perfectly in your room I never would have thought to use a ladder in this way but it looks great. Also I spy Jemmima puddle duck :D I used to have a jemmima teddy I loved her :) xx

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  7. what a great freecycle find! deffo need one of these when I have my own place so I cna reach all my books and cds xx

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  8. Amazing transformation!!! Job well done! :)

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  9. What a fabulous make-over and great use for them! Looks amazing :o) Scarlett x

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  10. I fancy having plants on them in the garden, your's look great.

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  11. It's transformed into a delightful piece of furniture. You've done a great job x

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  12. Wow, that looks great! I would never have thought of using ladders as shelving like that. x

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  13. Looks so beautiful! Fantastic job!

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  14. I LOVE this!! It's so cute and so you :) I wish i was as creative as you! :)

    K xo

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  15. I've wanted to do this for years but Jon's a bit sceptical. I'm going to show him how utterly enchanting your ladder is and I know he'll be won over! Loving all your pretty bits and pieces, especially your apple! x

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  16. without a doubt the best DIY i've seen in a while, clever you! xx

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  17. N'awwwww! How cute!! That really is a lovely way to display your treasures, I would have never imaged a ladder could be used for anything other than climbing so kudos to you!

    A great transformation! xxx

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  18. I adore this, what a great idea! I'm going to keep my eyes out for a similar set, I'd love to create something similar! :)

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  19. I really like this idea - who would have thought it would work so well?!

    Jessie
    coppergarden.blogspot.com
    xxx

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  20. this is literally my dream, alice! for so long i have wanted a ladder to hold some of my favourite pieces, yours is just amazing! such patience to sand and paint it too, it looks so lovely. xxx

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  21. What a brilliant way to use an unloved old set of ladders - you must be so pleased with how your pretty things look stacked on them! :-) I filched a set from my the boy's Mum last year and they're just leant against the wall in our hallway in all their paint spattered glory. Ladders are beautiful!

    Jem xXx

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  22. How are you so creative!? Haha seriously I love this idea, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for some old ladders and set myself the challenge! :)

    xxxx

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