Thursday, September 13, 2012

The ladder's "other half"

YAY!!!!  I've been wanting a ladder like this a looooong time.  It had been a little while since I meandered through the GIGANTIC Jackson Resale Factory so me and the mother bear who was visiting from Iowa decided to go take a gander.  Low and behold - a long, old, ladder!  BUT.... it was waaaaay too long to fit in my mini van.  Hmmmm... well shucks, let's just chop it in half!  "Hey Casey, cool part owner of the Resale Factory that you are, got some hand saws so we can quick cut this baby?"  He comes back with two.  Now this is where I SHOULD HAVE RAN AND GRABBED MY CAMERA!!!!  I mean, every good blogger keeps their camera attached to their hip for Pete's sake - why oh WHY did I not take the time....  So Casey is sawing one side, my mom is ferociously sawing at the other side, and I'm hootin' and hollerin' and fist pumpin' for Mom to win - she's super competitive like moi - and it was great to see the sweat start running down Casey's brow competing with that Grandma twice his age. They pretty much tied. Gotta love good times at the Jackson Resale Factory.  Gotta love those guys.  Gotta love their stuff!
I had mom pose with the saw and ladder when we got home since stupidddddd me didn't capture it at the Factory.
So here it is on my wall... scrubbed down but leaving all it's rustic, shabby beauty alone.
We screwed little hooks into each section and hung the pictures with jute twine.  The Faith sign is made from a laminate floor sample.  Someone commented that my hubby was a "hunk" so there's some more eye candy for ya if you're out there reading this.  ;)
I found the bottles last year in a ditch by my house and spray painted them (and the weeds - also found in the ditch).  Post on the "Blessed" sign I made is HERE.

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  1. I love the finished ladder in your home!!!

  2. I never sawed a ladder in half for *my* daughter! But I cut her grapes into quarters until she was four and past the choking stage... is that the same thing?!?

    Both halves of the ladder were put to creative and beautiful use! I especially love the one framing your photo gallery. (By the way, the photo to the left of the FAITH one is stunning.. there's just something about it that has really grabbed my attention... bwahahahahahaha!!!)


  3. Love it!! It looks so good! I haven't been to the Jackson Resale Factory in a long time either. Maybe it's time for another trip!

  4. I love love love your ladder! And it looks as if it's made from branches! I want one. :)

    Featured you all over the land for SNS 152. :)


  5. This is sooooo cute.
    Your pictures...what are they mounted on to? There have no frames...
    I just saw this post at 'I LOVE THAT JUNK'... Donna's OTHER blog... she has so many...he he he ! :) But...I have to say, I love the junk SHE LOVES!!!!

    including your ladder. :)
    So cool... cute photo of your mom. You should hang it in the ladder too! Pat

  6. ...Oh! hang it on the end she cut. With a little sign...that says...

    ...cheeky, I know. I couldn't help myself. Pat

  7. Love it Love it Love it. I want to go saw a ladder in half now!If you have a chance, I would be super excited if you linked up at my party going on right now (there is a giveaway too!)

  8. LOVE IT!!! I have just had my husband hang one up for me, but I haven't decorated it yet. Love your hanging photos - gotta do that!

  9. I love ladders and this is a really clever way to use one!

  10. Such a great idea! and looks perfect on your wall!

  11. This is awesome!!! Love how you gave it new life!
    Thanks for linking up.

  12. Beautiful. I love how it turned out. I also really love the gray color of the wall. They go so well together. I would love it if you would stop by and share at Lines Across. I hope to see you soon,

  13. Looks awesome, very clever! And I have those iron square candle holders with the circle in them. They do look much better in the color you painted them. I think I might have to do the same to mine! I'm a new follower! Can't wait to stay updated on all you're doing! I'd love it if you stopped by and took a look around my blog. And if you feel so inclined, follow me too!

  14. adorrrrrable!!! great idea - found you on Someday Crafts!

  15. I've been looking for a ladder for quite some time now. You decorated with yours beautifully.
    The sawing story made me giggle! Sounds like fun!

    Becca @

  16. Looks great...LOVE old ladder projects, so many fun things to do with them :) Laurel

  17. Kammy, I love this! I have an old ladder that was my dads. Nobody wanted it; as a matter of fact, they all laughed at me when I took it. I told them, I'm going to make something really cool with it some day ~ now I know what that "really cool thing" is :D Thanx for Sharing!!

  18. This is such a great use for an old ladder. I will be on the hunt for an old ladder now. Fabulous!

  19. CUTE stuff!
    I would love if you stopped by my party happening now to link this up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. This is super cute! I love it! I am your newest follower!

  21. I see wires around the ladder. How did you hang it on the wall? I'm re purposing our old wooden swing set ladder.

  22. Ooohhh.... It looks so good! What a wonderful find: an old ladder.... Swoon.
    You did a fabulous job with both sides!

    hugs x

  23. It looks great. What did you use to mount the ladder on the wall? It looks like it is floating :). I am making a ladder as well but cannot figure out how to mount it on without the hardware showing. Could you please help me out?

    1. If you look at a close up (the 6th photo) you will see some wire looped around the ladder underneath the "blessed" sign. We looped wire around the ladder in two places and then hung the wire on nails on the wall, making sure to put them in studs. :) HOWEVER, have since moved into a different house and I have hung it differently this time - I screwed three hooks (ring hooks), evenly spaced, into the top of the ladder and hung each hook from a spike. I should blog about the update! :)

  24. Hi there I’ve also got a ladder but struggling to work out how to hang it. Could you share any pics? Thx.

    1. Hi Sarah! I've actually figured out a better way to hang a ladder than when I hung this one - I just screwed two big hooks into the top of the ladder, and then put two big nails (spikes actually! just make sure they're in studs) in the wall and hung it by the hooks. Hope that helps!


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