Monday, April 10, 2017

Makeover Monday: Ladder Display Shelves

I bought a couple of old ladders through the online yard sale sites. Ten bucks a pop.  I wanted to use them to make display shelves for the vendor fairs I'll be taking part in.
(First one coming up May 6th, yay! )

So today, being the drop-dead gorgeous day that it was, I took my beat-up ladders out to the driveway, and I gave 'em a good old-fashioned white wash.  Just watered-down white paint.  I wanted a nice chippy weathered look, and I had some milk paint, so I used that.  It wasn't enough to do both, so I used chalk paint for the other one.

Then I pawed through my stash of barn boards and found enough to use for shelves.  I measured, pulled nails, and cut down till I had what I needed.

And it's perfect!  Exactly what I was after.

I can't wait to put them to use!


  1. Those are great, I used a similar set-up for years while doing pottery in art shows. A couple of hints: Bring a box of shims, rope, a couple of bricks, and some sort of weights. Concrete blocks work, but aren't particularly attractive. I used milk bottles full or sand with cute fabric covering them. You never know when you are going to be on uneven ground. Even parking lots have pitches and tall displays always catch the wind. Better safe then sorry, Sandi

    1. Wow, thanks for the great tips! I hadn't thought of that. My first event will be indoors, but the next two are in a parking lot and a park, so I will definitely need to consider that. Thanks again!


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