$30 LADDER (!!) living room wall art

As it turns out, $30 is all it takes to revamp the look of your living room. I mean, I'm sure some of you could have done it for free, but I think thirty bucks is bangin'

I was fartin' around on some of my favorite "junker" blogs and got inspiration (from Chipping with Charm) to do some upcycling. I have an old ladder that I hang blankets from in the winter, but I love that crusty old thing and want to display it all the time.

So I transformed my living room from this...

To THIS (!!)...

Doesn't it look boss? 

Here's how I did we did it:

From the hardware store, I picked up two $2 brackets and made sure they were supported brackets. The ladder was heavy, and it was pretty important to me that it not fall on my face while I'm watching Giada at Home. Fall during Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen - no problem.

Then I went to the paint section of the hardware store an picked up two $12 5'x12' canvas painter's drop cloths. When I got home I popped 'em in the dryer on "wrinkle rid" for a bit, since they were tightly folded in a not-so-crafty rectangle. DO NOT go to a fabric store and buy canvas by the yard. Two reasons: One - You'll have to finish the edges, and my time is worth way more than that. Two - Unless you are able to score a super sick discount, you won't be able to compare it to the price of a painter's drop cloth. And besides, you don't have to tell anyone that you're decorating with a drop cloth. Unless you're proud of it. Which I am. So I'm gonna tell the world!

Here's where the "we" part of the project came in: John attached the brackets to the ladder, then the ladder to the wall. My role at this point was being The Holder. I held things: The drill. The screws. The ladder. My breath. My farts.

Once secure, I was able to drape the canvas drop cloths as I saw fit.

Wanna do something like this at your house? Then get a ladder, people! They are easy to find. Just about every garage sale, antique store, or flea market has several old, or even new-but-still-chippy, ladders for sale. I got mine about 3 years ago from a little antique store down the street for $12.

I got have (I hate it when my students use "got". It's just about the most boring, anti-descriptive word ever.) a second ladder, which is newer, but beat up and rustic-looking, from a consignment store for $7. That one is used in our spare bedroom to fill an awkward corner space.

You'll remember this bedroom is a work-in-progress, but I feel pretty good about the little ladder.

Also, I happened to pick up two cast iron railings and need somewhere to hang them. By 'pick up', I mean steal. And by 'steal', I mean I stole them from an abandoned trailer at a remote boat landing in the Northern Canadian wilderness. Don't judge me. They are beautiful. And handmade. Very craftsman. Canadian craftsman, to be exact. I think they will look lovely in my living room, I just need to find a place to hang them. I'll do a post on them when they find a home.

In fact, I just about think my whole living room looks lovely now.


  1. Looks great over your couch!!! Love the one in the corner too! Thanks :) Laurel

  2. I am going to be honest here, I am not of fan of the ladder/curtain over your couch. But I think it would look great over a bed. I would run the fabric over the rungs of the ladder....it would look great.

    1. Roxie - I actually got the idea from another blogger (her comment is above - check her out!!). She did the original idea over her bed (http://chippingwithcharm.blogspot.com/2012/07/big-girl-canopy-bedheadboardjunkified.html) and I think you would really like it. Thanks for reading!

  3. I noticed the window in your room with the word LANE I love it! I mean LOVE IT!! my baby well he is 16 but still my baby his name is Lane..you don't hear it often and that is the coolest thing I have seen forever..may have to steal your idea.. I don't blog (just read them) but if I ever do and I steal your idea I will make sure to give you 100% credit.. this is the first time to your blog and I think i will be back often..thanks Dyan dyanmamaof3@gmail.com

    1. Glad you like it, Dyan and thanks for reading! I bought the 4-pane window from an antique store and simply used window paint (that you can get at any craft store) and a stencil that I made using card stock paper. Give it a try!

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