A few weeks ago, I talked about a wonderful old ladder some friends gave me. I had been looking for an old, rickety ladder for years and this one was perfect! I wanted to use it in my new office (after a wee bit of painting) for books, decor, etc. Well I finally got the paint and completed the project.
It was the easiest project I have done so far and since my office is not quite ready (stay tuned!) I may just use it in my bedroom as a blanket hanger.
I use Rust-oleum 'CHALKED' paint. The base was a dark tint base and you are able to make it into a number of colours. Since my business colour is turquoise I wanted something just a bit darker to make it stand out in my office. I have to say I was sceptical of the “easy application, one coat coverage” but it turned out beautifully! In the instructions it also said no prepping required other than removing any loose flakes of old paint. Well they were right… I just painted over all of the old, worn areas and it came out marvellous.
I let the paint dry over night before I attempted the distressing. This part made me a little nervous because I have never done a piece with a distressed look. I also didn’t want my new piece to look too distressed.
Remember when distressing a piece it is to look worn in there areas that would be used the most, rubbed up against, or exposed to the weather. So on the ladder it would be the areas people use…mostly the stairs, the area here the paint can would sit and the sides where you would hold yourself up going on the ladder.
I used the sanding pad I had used for the chairs and it distressed the ladder wonderfully. Not too much work but it gave me the look I wanted in my new/old piece.
I have to say this project was one of the easiest pieces I have ever done. I love painting and this not only gave me a new piece for my house but also gave me a time to relax and concentrate on doing something I love….reuse, recycle, and renovate.
Thanks for letting me show you the simplicity of my life as I turn it into something chic!