Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A "Niceful" Ladder




Pre "niceful" ladder, not pretty, but good for action figure adventures!

 I've needed shelves here for a while, and had a partially dismantled dresser that was served the purpose, but was just too big, so I never finished it. I've also had this old ladder that came with our house, and I wanted to use it for something, but never had the right project for it, when I realized it was the perfect size for our needs. After fighting with it a bit, hubby saved the day and took the rungs out for me. I loved the look of them, and wanted them to show. I like the metal rusty metal rods, too.


The top two shelves are just boards screwed directly into the ladder, since they're small and not going to hold a lot of weight.


For the bottom shelves, we ran narrow pieces of scrap wood across for support, then used wider pieces of scrap for the actual shelf. While we were working on it, Amelia would come out, touch it, and say, "Niceful! It's so niceful!" She knows beautiful, and declares many things to be beautiful, so apparently our ladder doesn't fall into that category, but it is very nice, so, niceful. I love it, and our house has a new word!


 Finished - and, good grief, I need to fix that hanging piece on our old stove! We don't actually use this one, just have it out for decoration. It was in our kitchen hooked up and sharing a chimney with our working wood stove - a no-no if we want homeowner's insurance!


David removed the fold down shelf bit for me, and I screwed it in upright for a bit of a backer.


You can just make out the star and the word STAR. I also like all the chippy paint.


Here's a downward view of how the shelves were attached, and how we used the rungs as a facing.


Here it is filled - perfect for our coloring books, crayons, and movie books.


I haven't looked up what this box was originally for, but it works wonderfully for holding crayons!


I was using these for magazines, but have purged most of them (there are so many wonderful blogs, I can't really see the sense in spending money on too many of them anymore!). These magazine holders are some metal ones I found at Goodwill, and they were covered in that wood grain contact paper. Well, I used one of my favorite/scary ways of aging metal, and tossed them into the fire outside, pulling them out when the paper was burned off and they had a nice texture and rusty-ish finish. Then I scrubbed them a bit and sealed them with a clear finish.


Apparently this little guy likes it here, he was back before I knew it! I know I am very pleased with how it turned out, and so grateful to have a husband who is willing to help when I've overdone with my hands (boo to you, carpal tunnel!).

Quite niceful!
Linking up with:   Revisionary Life, Thrifty Thursday
                          Funky Junk Interiors, repurposed ladders
                          Ivy and Elephants
                          Knick of Time Interiors
                          Beyond The Picket Fence


12 comments:

  1. I love what you've done with this old ladder--so resourceful and creative! And I love that you've 'allowed' it to have its natural utilitarian/industrial look instead of just painting it to give it a 'new' look. Very niceful indeed! x

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    1. Thanks! I do like it's natural appearance. We were lucky to have several old ladders left with our house.

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  2. Such a great story behind the ladder bookshelf! It looks great. I passed a wooden ladder on the side of the road today, maybe I'll run back and grab it tonight! LOL. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! Hope the ladder is still there, haha!

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  3. Love it, shared it on Facebook! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you! It's so fun to get to join in the parties!

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  4. I love this ladder. Perfectly old and chippy and adding the shelves make it functional. Pinning!!

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  5. This is just so charming! I love that you kept the paint, and how you added different woods to make the shelves, and how you showed the metal rungs. What a fun piece! Thanks so much for sharing at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!
    -Revi

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    1. Thank you! There were some wonderful things shared there!

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  6. I looks amazing! Love the way you filled in the shelves. I might have to do this on the bottom shelf of my bedside ladder. I get the hands thing. I have arthritis that keeps me from doing stuff sometimes. Makes me a little cranky!

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    1. Ugh, I get cranky, too! Thanks for coming by!

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