Welcome back for another addition of Trashy Tuesday. This is probably my favorite day of the week. When I get to talk trash, literally – over what I found in and around the dumpster and what I did with it.
I thought this was an especially interesting ladder and dumpster, but I have yet to come across one like this:
I had to actually go to the dump today, and since I like to do my “part” in keeping things out of landfills….I always strategically scan the dump line up for any gem that might be just waiting for rescue before it gets throw into the “pile”. This is what I found today:
Poor little table, good thing I got there, it was seconds away from becoming a pile of wood buried under lawn clippings!
For some reason, I have had a run on ladders lately. I found two next to a dumpster recently, and one for just a few dollars at a church rummage sale. Recently I was in Sonoma, and my friend and I kept noticing many of the antique stores were selling old wood ladders, painted in fun soft colors. This is where I drew my inspiration (copied).
Today, I am sharing my latest ladder. It was in pretty poor condition. The wood was well worn, paint spills were everywhere, it was…. dirty. But that has never stopped me from seeing the potential. A good cleanup with TSP, a thorough sanding with 220 grit paper and my little ladder is ready for her new phase of life. Here we are, just about to get all dolled up.
I painted this little piece with my favorite CeCe Caldwell’s Santa Fe Turquoise. When it was dry, I dry brushed just a little CeCe Caldwell’s Springhill Green on the steps. A quick sand with a 320 grit paper to make the ladder buttery soft. A nice wipe down with CeCe Caldwell’s wax. After a good buffing, this ladder was a show piece. As luck would have it. The weather was gorgeous the day I finished it, and my Roses were in an especially good mood. I snapped A LOT of pictures.
Hope you enjoyed the “steps” I shared in creating my little lovely ladder. If you come across one of these old, sad, tossed by the way side items, think about all the new uses it could have in your life, with just a little love and a little makeup, it will “step right up” to become your new favorite piece of furniture.