The Little Stepladder That Could!
We have been so fortunate to have some perfect summer weather - low to average humidity with temperatures in the low 80's...just perfect for a little DIY on something that was trash! Let me show you the little stepladder I found in a trash heap. That's right, I have no shame...and I'm so glad, because I love how it came out!
Here's how I found it:
Dirty and rickety are the best words to describe it.
Someone tried to stabilize it with nails. Needless to say, it didn't work!
It had cuts, dings, and paint drips all over it, and it was FREE!
Time to make it pretty. The first step was to wash it with good ol' soap and water.
After its bath, the only thing I did to prep it was to hammer those nails back in so they weren't a 'catching' hazard. Since it will never be used as a ladder, I wasn't worried about stabilizing it, and I wanted to be able to fold it up again when it gets put away for the winter.
I grabbed some leftover white chalk paint, watered it down 50/50, and gave it 2 coats of paint.
I didn't fuss at all since it was going to be distressed with sandpaper. As soon as it dried, out came the sandpaper and it looked like this:
The rivets and nails got some distressing too!
After a couple of coats of clear spray sealant, the little stepladder was done!
I found a couple of leftover petunia plants at the nursery for a dollar each and grabbed two planters at the dollar store. $4 later, the ladder was 'styled' and on the front porch. The petunias aren't in the best of shape, but they're looking better every day!
Of course, I added one of my ladybugs...
You can read more about the ladybugs I made HERE. If you'd like one, I still have a few available.
Just a few hours (including dry-time) and this project was complete. With all of the outdoor work we've been doing, an easy project like this, was a welcome change!
What have you been up to this summer?