Friday, March 26, 2010

Stepladder Turned Side Table

Since I am on quite a small, no, tiny budget, I had to be creative when trying to figure out what I would do for a table between my 2 wicker chairs. I had been racking my brain for quite a while when all of the sudden a lightbulb went off.  I realized that a 2' stepladder with a piece of wood on top would be the perfect height so I got to doing research on the internet to see much it would set me back.  The cheapest I could find was around $25, so onto Plan B: Craigslist. I looked for a few weeks with no luck and I finally decided to post an ad in the 'wanted' section and got a response that same day.  I ended up spending $10 on the ladder, which I think was a little pricey considering it stunk like cigarette smoke and one of the legs is bent, but since I hadn't had much luck, I jumped on the offer.  I took a picture of the before, but it seems to have magically dissapeared into thin air which means I will probably find it the second I publish this post =)
Anyway, here is a photo of a much nicer version of my ladder:


I had my dad cut a piece of pine that measured 15x12 (it's actually 11.25 inches and I've never understood why they round it up to 12!).


Then I primed and painted the ladder and piece of wood Lucky Bamboo by Behr. Sorry for the lack of pics, but sometimes I get so into a project that I forget to snap away.


Then I used some Minwax Early American to give it an aged look.


I have to admit that I only got a coat of poly on the ladder and not the top yet, but I am impatient and took pics anyway. I haven't even screwed the top on yet! But this will give you an idea as to what it will look like.


FYI My wicker chairs (I have 2) used to be the typical white and had a country feel, but I sprayed them with Rustoleum's Satin Espresso spray paint to better fit my style. It took at least 2 cans of primer and 6, yes SIX, cans of spray paint, but considering the chairs were hand-me-downs $20 in spray paint aint too shabby! I just need to do some touch ups and do a protective coat before my cross-country move.



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21 comments:

Lindsay said...

I love it! That turned out great!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Thanks! I just need to take a better pic of it after I move since this one is so dark.

Jennifer said...

That is so sweet! What a great idea! :)

Judi said...

I love it! It turned out very well! Judi

Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

Cute idea! Looks great!!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Great idea! And just think of all the cute things you could put on the steps...

I agree with you--nothing else uses up spray paint like wicker chairs!

Shannon @ Posh Pieces said...

Gorgeous! I love how it turned out,

carolyn said...

What a great idea. And I adore the colour you chose.

jerriann said...

Very inventive and creative. I love it. Love the chair too. Thanks for the tip on how many cans of spray paint you used. That will help when at the store with a project in mind.

Lovely side table, one I will do.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

Love it! That is a great idea.

Kendra Joyner said...

That's awesome...how clever!! Love your blog!

Ali@Honey and Maple Syrup said...

Thanks everyone!

Kim said...

I thought you would have a lengthy tutorial, but it was 1-2-3 done. Love projects like that - Cute!

angie said...

I pass those up all the time, now I know what to do with them.

Dawn said...

That is sooo cute!

debbie said...

very creative,, and so cute.

Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely said...

I really like that color!

Deb said...

So cute and so creative Ali, I just love it!

Catherine peacelovesweater@blogspot.com said...

I love it! I love the simplicity of the lines and the pop of color. The wicker chair is lovely too! Gorgeous!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Lol on the not waiting. I know how that works. It already looks very nice!

Candace said...

Turned out great, I love the pop of green color. The wicker chairs look incredible!

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