Monday, September 5, 2011

Vintage Ladders

Seems like everyone has one of these and now, I'm one of them! We picked this up at the Kane County Flea Market on Saturday.  I especially love it because it has the wires under each rung, all intact.
The funniest part was when we got it back to our car, we realized we forgot WHICH car we'd driven and getting a 7 1/2 foot ladder into a Chevy Cavalier was no small feat!  I'm not sure what I'll do with it but when looking for inspiration I found some very cute ideas!
Carolina Country Living added a rustic piece of wood to the top and made this fantastic shelf!
Here's another version with the ladder as a shelf from Mia's Interior
Better Homes & Gardens featured this in a storage and organization article - LOVE those old furnace grates attached as shelves!
Crafts by Amanda has the most wonderful tutorial on this decoupage ladder! She gives all of the details for covering the rungs as well as how she made some of the decorative items ON the ladder! I think some of this will definitely be happening to my ladder!
 Poetic Home has a whole slew of ideas for ladders including this great one for housing your book collection!
 This "Spooky Style Ladder from Midwest Living.com would be fun for different holidays too! I'm thinking some vintage fabric hanging behind with different letters for different holidays . . .
I know, this is a bit early but over at curbly.com (OH, you have to stop and browse this site!) they came up with what they call "Curbly Recession Busters: Free Alternative Christmas Trees" -- this really made me smile!

Not sure what MY ladder will end up looking like but this gives me a start on ideas!




28 comments:

  1. Thank you Lauren for your beautiful visit and comment!

    I so love this ladder post I too have about 3 ladders and I am going to perge 2 of them over to my shop space. I love that ladder Christmas tree it is way to cute.

    Have an inpiring week to come.
    xoxo
    Dore

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  2. I really enjoyed your ladder post. I would love to use some of these ideas.

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  3. I love your ladder and am soooo jealous. I am still looking for mine.

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  4. I love the ladder, could you use it in your kitchen?
    hugs,
    Regina

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  5. Now I need to go find myself a vintage ladder! Love all the ideas you posted...great inspirations! Can't wait to see what you do with yours!

    Rachel :)

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  6. Hi Lauren again thyank you for your visit!
    Your Mom sounds like my Mom! she would tell me (Mom) saying if I think its ugly you will probably love it! but the same went for our dress style in the 70's and 80's LOL!!!

    see you soon :)
    xx keep loving that ugly stuff Lauren it inspires us all out here!!
    Dore

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  7. I love old ladders - all of the photos you posted are fun ways to display them - you will find the perfect place and position for yours.
    Rhonda

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  8. Your new ladder is fabulous!! When I was at Kane I saw lots of step ladders, but didn't see any wall ladders. I guess you bought the last one. :)
    Your inspiration photos are really great! I've never seen a ladder used horizontly before. Whichever way you choose to use it I'm sure it will look great!

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  9. Congratulations on finding the ladder. I sort of like the ladder shelves myself, although that Christmas tree is pretty cute.

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  10. Love these ladder ideas Lauren :) And more so, I love the idea of recycle and reuse.

    My favorite would be the ladder Christmas tree. No matter what time of the year it is, a glimpse of Christmas in any form takes you right back into the mood. Would you believe me if I told you that Im searching designs for stockings already?

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  11. Thank you for visiting my blog :)

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  12. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I'm a new follower!
    Fondly, Tami
    www.thisandthatfromtami.blogspot.com

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  13. Oooohhhh...what a great ladder! I love it! And there are so many things you could do with it! You have some good ideas already! Can't wait to see what you do! ♥

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  14. Thanks for sharing your blog,I love the idea of ladders.Neat! Thanks for coming to my blog!I'm a new follower. I grow up in southern Il. lived and worked in Il. most of my life. See ya later.

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  15. What a great find. I've done that too...what vehicle do I have? I love the way it looks on the wall hanging horizontally. So many possibilities.

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  16. Very cool! I love all the different ways you can use a ladder too!

    Dee

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  17. I love ladders, i still can't figure out how you got a 7ft ladder in that little car!

    Carol

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  18. Okay, I guess I'm the only one without a ladder.....sigh Love all these ideas.

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  19. Hi Lauren, thank you for following. I am delighted. You are so lucky to find that fabulous ladder. I just recently found an old apple ladder. I am using mine on the screened porch to hold old quilts for those chilly evenings. I think they also look fantastic with your favorite magazines draped across the rungs or a place to store table linens inn the dining room or kitchen. xo

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  20. I, too, have been looking for a old ladder. I am a new follower.

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  21. WOW, I've been looking for an old ladder and can't find one! These pics are amazing!!!
    XO
    Cindy

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  22. Wow, so many creative uses for ladders, my mind is boggled! Please post and let us know how you decide to display it, .... whichever you choose, you can't go wrong because they're all fabulous!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  23. Love it...so wish I still had one of those many ladders that I sold years ago...oh well.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  24. What cute ideas with ladders! The Christmas tree is funny.

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  25. I'm on the hunt for a similar ladder. I want it for my master bath for towels, so I only need about half of the size you got. Nice find.

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  26. Hey neat ladder inspiration! I live the shelf idea :)
    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life

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