While painting in my kitchen (repainting my shelf), I dragged my old rickety ladder in from the porch. I took this picture last year when the flowers were in bloom and before I had the porch chairs powder-coated black. I do miss the red!
I bought the old ladder six or seven years ago from an antique mall while shopping with Mom 2. It had several years of duty in the yard as a trellis and then served as a shabby shelf on the porch in its dilapidated state.
You’ll see many ideas for old ladders on my Old Ladders Re-Purposed Pinterest board, but one in particular inspired this new paint.
After wiping the ladder clean (and scraping off cocoons – yuk), I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
The color I used was Arles. The step sections are Pure White. Arles is the same color I used for my French country plate shelf, except I used no wax on the ladder.
Annie Sloan says not to use wax for outdoor pieces.
At Christmas, when I decorated the porch, I removed the bushes and urns that flanked the front door. I dragged all sorts of things around the door.
Things looked pretty bare after putting away the Christmas touches.
The Pom-Pom Initial works well on the porch with protection from the rain.
A love sign turns a Christmas wreath into a Valentine wreath.
I like how red works well for several holidays throughout the year.
We use red at Christmas, Valentine’s, Memorial Day, July Fourth, Labor Day…
Can you think of other holidays for red bows? Do you like yellow ladders with a wide white center stripe?
Follow me to Metamorphosis Monday for more inspiration.