Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A New Guest for the Holidays!

We usually host someone for the holidays, either my parents and/or my brother and his family.  We have a nice guest room that I haven't fully taken advantage of yet as far as re-decorating and "crafting up"goes, so I thought I would start somewhere, and that somewhere would be the bathroom!

I found a small vintage step stool or mini wood ladder at a ReStore over my Thanksgiving visit to my brother's house in Indiana.  By the way, if you have never been to a ReStore, it really should be on your places to visit list! They have hardware and home and building materials at a fraction of the retail cost and profits help Habit for Humanity International.  I have one fairly close to me, but was not able to visit it yet.  I took advantage of going out shopping with my sister-n-law on Black Friday and avoided the mall crowds by going to thrift stores and the ReStore!  What a fabulous shopping experience! It also feels nice to be buying from a store knowing that you are contributing to a good cause! 

Back to my mini ladder/step stool whatever thingy!  It was pretty paint stained and worn, but I had a vision for it! (and it only cost $3, so what could go wrong?)  I thought it would make a nice shelf of some sort.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to cut it up and hang it on the wall (I have seen that done and it looks quite nice) or just try to utilize it somehow as is.

Initially, I thought it might make a nice wine rack of some sort.  I tried different ways to figure out how it could hold the bottle and decided against it as I had a vision of my dog (still a puppy) running through the dining room and destroying my creation and my wine!  No good for anyone!

I then settled on making it a fixture for my guest bathroom. It gets lonely up there and doesn't get a whole lot of use, so it is in need of a makeover.  What better time than now before I have guests arrive?

I painted the little ladder in my favorite Annie Sloan Paint, Old White.

 Then I used another one of my favorite sites, The Graphics Fairy, to embelish the top step.

 I had picked up two tins at a local thrift store and painted them with Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue (one of my new favorites!) and used them as holders for towels, soaps and such.  I was going to do another coat of Old White, but actually liked how rustic the little ladder looked with one coat.  I just did a quick wash of the Duck Egg over some parts to seep in a little blue color.
I think this little ladder will look perfect in my guest bathroom.
It could just be the spark I need  to start redecorating the whole room! 

Happy Holidays and Sweet Crafting!



  1. You're off to a great start!! I cannot wait to see what you do next in your guest room......when it's all done I will have to come & stay in it :)

  2. I still haven't tried Annie Sloane, but I'm dying to!! I love love love how this turned out!

    Thanks for stopping by 52 Mantels and leaving me a sweet comment! I'm so glad I found your blog-- love it! I'm your newest follower!

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    by the way, where's your chandelier!?????