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Refreshing a Vintage Ladder

I have a lot of “old” things in my home that I have managed to save from the sheds here on the farm. I am still finding things even years after moving here! I say “finding” in a loose way as they aren’t lost and they aren’t really mine to find, but my father in law doesn’t seem to mind and his hoarding tendencies have made it so that over the years he has forgotten what he has in these sheds. I call that a win, win for me! Today’s little project was one of those finds.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Who doesn’t love a cute vintage ladder? What I love about this one is the years of paint splatter…..you just can’t fake that people! The paint splatter is what I fell in love with in the first place and I want to retain that as it gives the ladder its story. As I have mentioned before I like it when furniture has a story.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

So this is not a a makeover in the traditional sense, it is just a refresher.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

I wanted to give it a little punch of colour so I got out my trusty Milk Paint. Milk Paint is a great paint for a project like this as it has that ability to emulate age and wear that no other paint has. I didn’t want anything with a perfect finish as that just wouldn’t go well with the overall look of this ladder.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

All I did was paint one coat of Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Marigold on the top step of the ladder, just to give it that little pop of colour. I had other plans for the rest of the ladder.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

To retain the used and worn look all this ladder needed was a little Hemp Oil to bring the wood back to life and lift the colours in the paint splatter. Hemp Oil does wonderful things with old wood that has greyed over time. It is like washing a dry rock with water……you start to see the sparkle and colour in the stone that was lost before. Now the wood has warmth and depth and the paint splatter really pops.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Finally, I dressed it up with some new plants and accessories and I have a beautiful display piece that shows it’s age well.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

How cute is the bonsai plant I bought my Husband? When we were dating he had a whole collection of Bonsai Plants. We have decided to start another collection and make it part of our new Front Patio…..I love how cute these little trees look and I think a bunch of them together will look so welcoming as you enter our home.

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

Colour Saturated Life | Vintage Ladder

I am not sure the ladder will stay here but I do love its new look and all the personality it has so eventually I will find the right spot. Now that it is done I can’t believe I put this project off for as long as I did. I have lots of little things like this that I need to get done in our home but I put them off because they are just not a priority, but when they are done I am always surprised at how simple yet worthwhile the effort was. Will I change my ways and suddenly go to town on all these projects? I doubt it, but you never know! Am I alone in this or do you too have little projects you put off?

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6 comments

  • Erin @ the-organized-life - June 28, 2015 - 10:46 am

    That turned out so well. Love the marigold top!ReplyCancel

  • Breanna - June 19, 2015 - 2:37 am

    Perfect pop of color on the top! Love that you kept it’s character 🙂 And isn’t hemp oil great?? I love it!ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 22, 2015 - 2:11 pm

      I love the colour now, I had been meaning to do it for so I long! and yes hemp oil is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sage @ Plaster&Disaster - June 18, 2015 - 12:36 am

    So clever, now it has me thinking about the terrible old ladders we have in our basement and how I might make them a little less awful 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Gilly - June 22, 2015 - 2:14 pm

      You have to get those ladders out! Thanks for stopping by Sage!ReplyCancel