“Worn materials add warmth and history.” – Linda Lippset
I spent a little time over the past weekend working on the bedroom. The whole room is really starting to take shape, and I have a sneak peek at a few of the details to share with you later this week, but first I wanted to talk a bit about a recent upcycled addition. It is worn and comes with a bit of history too. 🙂
You have most likely seen blanket ladders at places like Pottery Barn, or come across tutorials to DIY your own on Pinterest. I’m probably a bit behind on the trend, but I have always liked the look, so when I caught sight of an old wood ladder that was left with the house (we actually have a few wood ladders that were left with the house, I have a plan for another one if I can ever get my lazy butt to complete it – it’s only been two years in the making…), I thought, why not?
Within minutes Jordan had it cut down to size and in the house …
You know I love the story behind old things, and the fact that I was able to give new life to something that was once used to care for our home makes it even better. The previous “man of the house” was a painter by trade. His family bought the house sometime in the early 50’s and owned it until we purchased in 2011. It has likely been many years since this ladder was used, but I’m guessing at one time it was a daily part of his business – evidenced by the traces of paint left along the side.
Plus, I love that it accomplishes both form and function: it’s the perfect spot to store extra blankets, while adding texture and character to the wall.
I still haven’t decided what I would like to do as far as the finish. I’m not sure if I want to give it a shabby coat of white paint, sand it down and stain it, or just leave it as-is, all weathered and gray.
What do you think?