Derek found this old wooden ladder when he was cleaning out the garage. He dumped it by the roadside as freebee trash.
I’m not sure about your neighborhood, but there are a lot of “dumpster divers” or in our case, “curbside shoppers” who take things either for their own projects or to sell, especially if it’s metal. Derek put an old metal fan out one time and it was gone before he made it back in the house!
Fortunately, I saw him put the ladder out and was able to rescue it in time!
The ladder looks pretty old. It has that nice textured grain that becomes more prominent over time.
This old ladder makes a perfect plant stand for the garden!
I lightly painted the ladder and sanded it to keep the distressed look. I put a couple of coats of polyurethane on it to protect it from the elements.
My sister helped me make the adorable planters.
I’ve been trying to become more “eclectic” with decorating this house, which is easier said than done. I love coordinating and matching my decor, so mixing various colors and putting vintage ladders in the garden is new ground for me… I have to say that I am enjoying this new look. 🙂