You’re going to shoot your eye out!

I loveeee me some ladders.  I found these two giant ladders at a year sale a couple years ago.  I even had to cut them down some so they would fit in my daughter’s room! They were $5.00 each!!  Yes I had to be picked up off the grass and carried to my car along with the ladders.

I have these two in my living room displaying some of my favorite quilts.  I bought the one on the right at a yard sale (remember this Karen!?!?!?!) and the one on the left at Metrolina Antique and Flea Market.  Oh I can’t remember how much I paid for either of them because I have been out in the sun allllllllll day and my brain is not working, but I’m thinking not much because I am cheap frugal.

I had this ladder in my little downstairs bathroom.  I bought it at a furniture consignment shop for $15.00.  After my bathroom makeover a couple of months ago, I painted it robin’s egg blue and sold it for $38.00!! 
Ladders seem to be harder to come by lately and if you do see one, it usually costs a fortune.  I was in Habitat Restore the other day and this sweet ladder was laying against the wall.  I couldn’t find the price tag so I thought maybe someone in the store was using it.  I found the sales chick and asked if it was for sale.  She immediately found the sales tag which was right in front of my face.  $3.99!!!  I couldn’t believe it!!!  As I was loading it into my cart the sweet lady told me rather sternly that it was not a ladder that I should be getting up on.  It was not safe.  I smiled at her and told her I had other plans for it but thank you so much for her concern!
As I continued to walk around the store, I am not lying when I tell you that I had TWO more people approach me about the safety of this ladder!!!!  One sweet concerned citizen was an older gentleman who reminded me so much of my grandfather who just passed away that I had to say a little prayer on my way out thanking God for the sweet angel he had just sent.  I was so touched that people were actually taking the time to voice their concern for me.  Yes I skipped out of Habitat with a new outlook on life.  It’s the little things. 

I cut the ladder in two, peeled off the stickers, and sanded it down.
I know, enough with the blue paint.  I can’t help it.  I have a neighbor who every time he sees me, he just has to say something smart like, “whatcha doing today, gonna paint something blue?”  or “that would look sooooooo much better if it was BLUE.”  Instead of painting the ladder with a paintbrush, I just wiped on the paint with a couple of paper towels.  I was going to distress the heck out of it, so it really just needed a hint of color.
I tricked my neighbor and went with a little two tone action!

Showing off my new fabric that I love so much, I can’t bring myself to cut. 
 Oh and it’s blue too!
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5 Responses to You’re going to shoot your eye out!

  1. Stacy@The Project Shoppe June 20, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    Love this! Thanks for the inspiration! I have two of these ladders that I've had for awhile and haven't done a thing with. Off to find my paintbrush and maybe some blue paint too!

  2. Empty Nest Full Life June 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm #

    Will definitely be on the look out for some old ladders.

  3. dawn paton/humbleotter June 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    LOL I still use mine that looks like that (only about 25 yrs old) and the old old one my dad left here when he was living with us. The wobble isn't so bad. I think of it as old lady land surfing. I know, I know, it's all fun and games until someone breaks a hip : P

  4. Robyn @ Robyn♥s Nest June 20, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    It's nice to hear that some people are still thoughtful. I come across so many rude/grouchy people it seems like lately. Love what you did with the ladder. I think I need an old ladder or two as well (*keeps eyes peeled*). I just need to find an empty piece of wall in my house to lean one up against. Robyn

  5. Beth @ UnskinnyBoppy June 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    Oooh pretty ladder!

    It was so nice meeting you at Haven! I really enjoyed our lunch with Nester and Deneen. You are just adorable! :)

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