Transform an old wood ladder into beautiful, functional home decor

What can be done with an old item, such as a ladder, that takes up so much space in the garage? Repurpose it into home decor. You can use an old wooden ladder to display throw pillows and blankets in the living room.
Preserve the primitive look of a wood ladder with a light coat of chalk paint, which will protect the wood and give a clean, yet distressed look. Secure vintage hardware, such as valves or knobs, to the sides of the ladder to show off an appreciation for industrial and steampunk decor.
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Materials
- Drop cloth or newspaper
- Sanding block
- FolkArt Home Decor Chalk in Sage Shadow
- 2-inch paintbrush
- Glass bowl
- Old faucet valves
- Cordless drill
- Screws
- Decorative pillows
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Instructions
1. Cover the work surface in a drop cloth or paper.
2. Turn the ladder on its side on the work surface.
3. Use a sanding block to smooth rough edges, and remove dirt and debris.
4. Pour some chalk paint into a glass bowl.
5. Dip the brush into the paint; remove excess paint before applying the brush to the ladder.
6. Paint the sides and rungs of the ladder.
7. Refrain from applying a second coat of paint if you prefer a primitive or distressed look.
8. Allow the paint to dry.
9. Stand the ladder upright and lean it against a wall.
10. Select two or more pieces of vintage hardware to attach to the sides of the ladder. The hardware will serve as hooks for lightweight throw blankets. Ideas for hardware include vintage water faucet valves and old doorknobs.
11. Attach the hardware to opposite sides of the ladder with a cordless drill and screws.
12. Arrange decorative pillows between the rungs of the ladder.
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13. Embellish one or more rungs of the ladder with a book, faux plant or candle.
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