A few weeks ago the littles and I were on our way to a friend's home for a swim.
I happened to be distracted by a few pieces of furniture being brought out and displayed on a home's front lawn on our way. Not to be one to EVER drive by and not check out free or cheap furniture- I pulled a U-turn and parked.
An old, vintage-y-looking wooden ladder caught my eye right away. I asked how much and the guy shrugged and said five bucks. SOLD!!!
I bungee-corded the long ladder into my car along with my 3 boys and headed off to swim. When I got home and leaned the ladder up against the fence- I realized that it was a bit taller than I had first thought it was.
My original thought was to use it inside my home as an A-frame shelving unit, and decided that I would just saw off part of the legs to make it fit.
But then I saw ladders being used as outdoor decor (on Pinterest, obviously). I loved that idea.
It was mid-September at this point- not QUITE autumn, but I decided that it was close enough. I found 4 matching placemats at Dollarama. I drew large letters on each one with a jumbo sharpie marker and had my 8 year old colour them in.
I used some yarn to attach the letters to 4 ladder rungs. This has worked perfectly.
I also picked up some fall-like leaf decor at Dollarama, as well. This will definitely be re-used for years to come. As will the placemat letters.
And, the finished product:
(Side note- the garage door was painted that way when I moved in....it's on the long list of things to paint...)
Hope you enjoyed my repurposed ladder DIY. And it cost me less than $15.
Thanks for reading, friends!