Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Step Ladder Makeover



I'm sort of addicted to searching Craigslist for affordable furniture.  Craigslist allows you to find great deals from folks trying to sell in a hurry.  I recently found this little step ladder for $5.  I purchased it with the intent of using it in my son's room, but it wasn't the right fit for the space.  After a little head-scratching I decided to use it as a plant stand for my indoor plants.





the little details.


  Hmm...what do you think?  Not bad for 5 bucks!  Have you had any luck with Craigslist lately?


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100 comments:

Raine and Sage said...

It's adorable Brandi! What a great idea and colour.

Erin said...

I love the finish you gave it Brandi!! It looks great! :)

The Scott's Crib said...

I really like this makeover, perfect for the porch or any room that needs a little plant life:)

Pattie said...

Brandi, How cute did you make this... I love it great job

Pattie

Tanya said...

No great finds lately here, but lovin' your little ladder! The green is awesome.

Pam said...

Brandi, That is SO cute! Nice buy at $5! I love the color and love how great your plants look on it.

I've had some pretty good luck with Craigslist. I use it to sell a lot and buy a little. :)

Have a great day.
Pam

Ches said...

Great find, love the green color! I am looking on craigslist for a patio set but havent had any luck yet.

Karen said...

I love this Brandi, the color is great and it looks so fabulous with your plants on it. I've been searching CL looking for a new stove,mine decided it had enough and died... no luck yet. I'll keep looking.

Comeca Jones said...

Pretty sweet Brandi!I like the color!

Amanda said...

This is a wonderful makeover, the colour is great, goes so well with the plants!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

That is precious! Really love the green color and how you distressed it.

the cape on the corner said...

oh man, i am loving this collection of plants. definitley obsessing over this stuff lately. i LOVE the color of this ladder with all the others coming through, great job on it!

Kelly said...

Perfect!! The color coordinates so perfectly with the pots/plants. I definitely need to try out Craiglist!


Kelly

michelle said...

It is perfect Brandi! I love ladders and you made this little one adorable! Love the color. I have yet to use Craiglist to buy, we have sold a couch before but that is about it.
Enjoy your weekend my friend!
xoxox

BusyMomiBee said...

$5...That looks great!! I love the ladder and how you arranged the plants! I have never tried Craiglist, I am going to have to check it out.

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Hi Brandi!

Love the color...it looks so fresh and summery. Craigslist has been my "go to" site. You can usually get much better prices than the thrift stores. Great find!

Hope all is well! We need to catch up! Same old thing here... Jeff will be home Sat.

Have a great night my friend!
xxx

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

This is such a great idea. I can just see something similar on my front porch. I'll be looking around for a ladder.

Mimi said...

Sweet stepladder! Love it paired with your plants. Craigslist is great but I haven't been able to find much lately. Love what you found and what you did!

TheCraftInMe said...

I wouldn't have thought of turning it into a plant stand, it turned out very well, love the color too!

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

I LOVE this, Brandi! The color is fantastic. It looks so great with all of the plants on it.

NellJean said...

Great plant stand. We're too rural for Craig's list.

You asked about gladioli. They take a while from planting to bloom. Number of days range from 60 to 120, depending on the cultivar. Seems like a long time, doesn't it?

The Finde said...

Super cute! So springy:)

Donna@My Sweet Things said...

I have a ladder just like that is a little too wobbly for us to use. This is a perfect idea to bring it out of the basement! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kim said...

I'm a Craig's List addict. Just drove an hour away last nite to pick something up. I have a series on my blog dedicated just to amazing CL ads. I'm lovin' your blog.
I'm here from Marian's party and I'm your newest follower. Pop over for a visit sometime.
xoxo,
Kim

Nook & Cranny said...

Brandi,
Thanks for visiting my blog, my anniversay and a trip.
Nice use of a step ladder.
Have a great weekend.
Michele

Shaheen said...

What a fab makeover. Would look great in my garden :)

At The Picket Fence said...

This is just so adorable Brandi! You did an amazing job transforming it and it looks so darling loaded up with the plants. Love it!
Thanks so much for sharing it at Inspiration Friday this week~
Vanessa

Sommer said...

Omigosh this is darling! I have little step ladder like this in neon green sitting next to my paint booth that I've been meaning to makeover for a while now and this is a great motivation! I would love to have you share it at my party. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/p/where-i-link-up.html

Kelle Dame said...

aDORable!!! I love your paint technique on this! You go! Have a great weekend!
Kelle
xx

Tanya@takesix said...

This is too cute! I bet you are glad it didn't work in your sons room!!! ;0)

Nan said...

Hi Brandi, thank you for visiting my blog Playful Decor. I'm glad to meet you! This re-do is so great - the perfect thing to put in that "what do I put here corner!" I just got 2 chairs off craigslist - one is a chaise!! I need to recover it so it will be a few months before I'm done but I'm still excited anyway. Here's a link if you want to see it:
http://playfuldecor.blogspot.com/2011/05/craigslist-considerations.html
Have a great weekend!

Orange it Lovely said...

yes! Im a CL junkie! Love love the ladder. I actually have been looking for one!!
love the color!
Taña

Sweeter Hours said...

How lovely! I really like that shade of green. Great find.

Tammy said...

Love craigslist. What a cute idea! It looks great! I'm your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime.

Mickey said...

Love it, such a sweet color too:)
mickey

Heather@The Black's Best said...

Absolutely adorable! Wish I could find stuff like this on Craigslist...no luck around here.:(

Honey at 2805 said...

I like the make over of the little ladder. It's so cute! I have one of these and although it is a bid wobble, I still use it because it fits into a tighter space that the new "safe" ones. Maybe I will give it a facelift too!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the little ladder such a great color.
lauren

blessedmom's simple home said...

It's adorable Brandi. Your paint job is great too! I browse craigs list from time to time, but haven't bought anything yet. Our house is a bit full though :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Marcia

Val said...

Lovely....The color you picked is perfect!!! I hope you have a great weekend.

Bella@Bellabeforeandafter.blogspot.com said...

Hey Brandi, long time since I've said HI,,, miss seeing all your wonderful creations. I LOVE craigslist, I've bought tons of stuff there, and also sold many things, and also have had success finding people to do various jobs for me too.

Your ladder aka plant stand is AWESOME. I love the color you choose.

Hope you are having a wonderful day my friend:)

Hugs, Bella :)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Adorable! I just love ladders and your mini version is charming. :)

Donna

Colleen said...

I love it! The pots you chose too are very nice!

Katherines Corner said...

Oh I love this!!!! Great color choice too. I've never bought anything on Craigs list :-(
I always enjoy my visits to your blog. Thank you for your bloggy friendship. I appreciate you Hugs♥

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love the green. Looks great with the plants. Great deal as well.

Miriam said...

Nicely done, you're so creative! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Liz said...

Darling! I love the shade of green! :)

~Liz

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

This is really cute. I saw a little stepladder like this in an alley the other day, and was SO tempted to convince myself that no one wanted it, and it was meant for ME! (But I didn't. ) Now I wish I had!

Pam said...

Very cute. Love the green color you picked for it.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Not bad AT ALL!! Love the color and how you chose to use it!

All That Glitters said...

Very cute ladder!! Love the plants!

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

I love the color you used! It really makes me want to buy a ladder :)

Farah Muzaffar said...

Perfectly perfect Brandi......I am also in search for something like this..... you did a great job...really inspiring ad at least tempting for me ...
visit me if you can
http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
love
Farah

tree-shades said...

this is so gorgeous....

Valerene, Malaysia
http://tree-shades.blogspot.com

laxsupermom said...

Love the paint finish! So pretty! It looks great as a plant stand. Thanks for sharing.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, this is such a great idea sweet Brandy! I think I'm getting one and painting it too! I love it that it'll fit almost anywhere in my apartment and I can fill it up with plants, wow!! Thanks for sharing these and for coming to visit my girls while I was away and for the lovely and sweet comments. Love, FABBY

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Hi lovely,

Well, it's looking FAB!! You've done such a great job. It looks like you got it from an uptown boutique. I can't believe what a bargain it was!

Sarahx

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Wow! So, so pretty! I'd love to find a little ladder like that for my plants -- love the fun green color. It's so perfect with your plants.

Fishtail Cottage said...

coming over from the Picket Fence Link Party to say hello. such a sweet ladder you made over! oxox, tracie

Meg said...

Love it!! You painted it...what a brilliant idea!

Jenn Erickson said...

Brandi, what a wonderful Craigslist find. I love the color of paint you chose to refurb it, and it looks absolutely beautiful with the plants. Those older wooden ladders are getting harder and harder to find these days. Smart of you to snap that one up and give it a new life!

Jenn

Olive Cooper said...

I love ladders and I love this! Your plants look eight kinds of awesome on it. ♥O

Sharlotte said...

I love this! Love the color too! And I love Craigslist too! It's fun to just browse...you'll never know what you'll find! Thanks for the inspiration with your cute, cute ladder!
Sharlotte

poindextr said...

Looks awesome! Such a wonderful find for $5. I've had a little bit of luck on CL too. Sometimes it is worth the extra effort :)

Bohemian said...

Love the new color and finish you gave to this thrifty piece... looks beautiful displaying your plants. Have to admit, I've never used Craig's List... but many of my Friends have.

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

I love it! It looks perfect - the color and the plants.

michele at hellolovelyinc said...

i'm nutty for craig's list. and ladders!

you might like my giveaway and i'd love for you to follow!
http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2011/06/june-giveawaypainting-print-paris.html

michele

Sue said...

Adorable!!

Pamela said...

So very cute! I love the color!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Great idea! Love the color :)

time worn interiors said...

It amazes me what people find on Craigs list! Great job!
tot

Paula Jolly said...

I have one very similar to yours (slightly larger...) - & I love it! I use mine in my dining room at Christmas time to display my nutcracker collection.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

My best Craigslist find is my antique wicker sofa. This little ladder of yours turned out to be the hit of several linky parties! Well done. I'm a new follower.

trumatter said...

Brandi, you are extremely talented! I love the step ladder makeover. I stumbled upon your blog from Kristin's and good i did that :) Looks beautiful!!!

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love the color and how you use it as a plantstand, great idea!
We just bought a desk from CL for my anniversary gift:)
I'm your newest follower and hope you stop by when you have a minute! I'm also visiting from the paint party at Deb's!

Rondell

Steph said...

That is just about the coolest thing I've seen on the net today...and I've been on here for hours ;). What an absolutely great little project. Guess who is looking for a small step ladder now...

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT Brandi!! You displayed it beautifully with all your plants. Martina

Just became a follower:)

Rachel Sue said...

Such a cute idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

http://reuseandupcycle.blogspot.com

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think it is adorable, and I love the color. Thanks for sharing at the blog party.

laurie said...

wow, thats beautiful with the plants

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀ said...

Your step ladder looks so beautiful with the frest green paint and plants.

Dee
Your new follower

Candace said...

ohmygosh, Brandi! not bad??? It's fantastic!

Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I just adore what you did with that little ladder! I would love for you to link up tomorrow to "It's a Party"!
www.acreativeprincess.blogspot.com

Naturally Handy said...

awesome!

http://www.naturallyhandy.com

Ever Green Tree said...

Great Idea! Loved the concept :)

JudyBug said...

I love your little ladder! I'll have to give craigslist another try. We have so many scams on our local location.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Hi sweetie! I wanted to comment on the beautiful desk from your childhood! I couldn't find the buttom to clic on...so here it goes! I can't get over you, my dear, you're multiple talented, my goodness, you cook, you re-do, you apholster furniture, you decorate! Geezz! I love your little son's room with the snake crawling the curtain rod!hahaha, so adorable!! Lots of hugs, Fabby

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I want to be on your Craigslist! All I ever see is really awful stuff and they're asking ridiculous prices! This little ladder is adorable and I love the color!

Peter said...

Nice step ladders makeover! I really appreciate your job.

chateau chic said...

Your little stepladder is soooo cute! What a great transformation.
Mary alice

Jaye Leon said...

Another project on my list! I really love the color!

Eclectically Vintage said...

You're a girl after my own ladder loving heart! $5 - makes it even better! So glad you joined our All About Color party! Pinning this!
Kelly

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Brandi,

With a little bit of paint and elbow grease, you made that $5 score look like a million!

Thanks for sharing at our Crazy for Color link party! I just love your use of color! So inspiring …

:)

Linda
www.itallstartedwithpaint.com

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

That is my kind of $5 well spent!! Love this. Thank you so much for partying with us! :)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Brandi, This is such a darling idea with so much visual impact. I have been looking for a step ladder for awhile. Seeing yours makes me want to double my effort.
You have a lovely blog. I am a new follower!

bohemiannie! art said...

No Craigslist...but I do love me some yard sales! Your ladder turned out perfect!

May said...

My best friend growing up had the best taste and could make everything look picture perfect. She had a step ladder so much like this styled in just this way when we were growing up. Now, I will be searching Craig's List for one of my own.

Beth of designPOST Interiors said...

I have a ladder almost exactly like that one that I have been holding onto in hopes of the perfect DIY. I love what you did. I need to get on mine!

m+o said...

Not too bad at all ;) My husband recently found an old ladder on Craigslist and we made it into a shelf display as well! :)) Check it out! I'm using mine for flowers and books! -Mika
www.sparrowshaven.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Love the new look! :)