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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Repurposing a Vintage Ladder

Our home has a very open floor's great... and I love it!   BUT....the down side to an open floor plan is that you have very few walls to display art on.    My solution to the problem was to use an old library ladder as an "oversized easel"!
I put a small round white table under the ladder to add another space to set  a couple of oil paintings on.   I completed the vignette by adding some framed pictures and a black velvet pumpkin.   
I used the ladder steps as "shelves" for some more paintings....
One of my long time friends gave me by this gorgeous painting the other day.....thank you again Margie!   When I couldn't find a wall to hang this treasure on,   I HAD to come up with another idea.
The great thing about my "art ladder" is that I can easily change the paintings out and enjoy some of the art that is under the beds and in the closets.
I would love to start painting again and add some of my own work to my "easel" but in the mean time....I will just take photos!      H and I took a little road trip yesterday and enjoyed seeing all the signs that fall is coming.    A big field of baled hay is a sure sign that summer is coming to a close......

I spotted this tractor cemetery on our drive and couldn't resist taking a photo of it.    I bet the farmers are happy that they have such modern equipment to harvest the fields with now.

This is a photo that I took before adding the little round table under the ladder.   If you pop back up to the first photo on my post,  you can see what a difference it made.  
 Thanks for stopping by,  come back soon!


  1. That library ladder is such a perfect solution to your lack of wall space! It is art in itself -- love how it looks.

  2. Looks wonderful covered in pink roses :) The rugged verses the sweet pink is perfect to Me.

  3. Penny,
    That ladder was such a find when you bought it a while back and now it is proving so again and again and again.....

    Love all the paintings!! So pretty!! and so is the way you displayed them!

    Wouldn't you know it it? We have temps. on the high 80's and will for another week!! I am so ready for Fall but I have to get ready for a Craft Fair that I am doing in 2 weeks before I can start to decorate but look out when I do as i missed it last year with the remodel!!


  4. Penny .... That is the greatest ladder. Would love to find one. It certainly makes an unusual 'easel' for displaying your lovely pictures of roses. I think the little white table looks great there too. Gives bulk to the open area and grounds the display. You have lovely treasures and display them so well.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  5. Beautiful ladder and the paintings are gorgeous!

  6. Very clever idea of the ladder as display space.

  7. j'adore toutes les peintures qui représentent des fleurs
    et cette exposition les mets beaucoup en valeur
    bonne semaine
    edith (iris) France

  8. Hi Penny,

    What a super idea! I agree that you should display your own work in addition to the other lovelies. Thanks for sharing your blues.

    I look forward to reading your comment on my blog.

    Have a Happy Blue Monday!

  9. It's a wonderful old ladder...I have an old one out back..I am thinking I might bring it in out of the weather before I lose it. Yep..inspired again!! :)
    They are wonderful for plants on a patio too...which is what I am thinking of doing with mine. I hope it's still in tact.
    What a great idea to display paintings! You are SO clever, Penny! :)

  10. This is wonderful! I love the vintage feel of it! Amazing idea :)

    Andrea // CocoDrizzle

  11. Great ladder, Penny. It serves a very real purpose for you and looks gorgeous to boot..Happy Tuesday..Judy

  12. What a special ladder. Love the look.
    Have a wonderful day.
    Greetings from South Africa

  13. Awesome and I love all of your floral paintings! Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love this idea. Your paintings are gorgeous and this is a perfect way to show them off. Thanks so much for sharing at the Vintage Inspiration Party.

  15. Beautiful...just beautiful! Everything on you blog is BEAUTIFUL! Thanks for sharing at So Much At Home's link up!

  16. What a fantastic way to showcase all that beautiful artwork.

  17. So beautiful. And the table really does complete the look. The whole setup is just lovely. Man, I wish my house looked like yours!

  18. It's always a pleasure to visit your blog! Pinned. Lou Lou Girls

  19. Penny this looks amazing! I love it! I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  20. This is a fabulous ladder, Penny, and I love how you used it. Thanks for sharing at Every Room In The House. xxx ~ Nancy


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