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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ladder Style Shelf

I found this cart a couple of months ago and it took me this long to figure out what to do with it.  When I found it, it was in its upright position which you can see in the before photo at the end.  It was so unusual I wasn't going to leave it behind, and besides, the price was right.  It was very tall and the limbs were not joined by hinges but rather flimsy pieces of metal.  I had my husband join the two parts with proper hinges and then he attached hasps to hold them in a locked position should the buyer wish to use this rack in the ladder position.  Here in the first photo I am showing it folded in the middle.
I stenciled it with one of my favorite grain sack stencils from Maison De Stencils, and then I went back in with a liner brush and did some accent strokes to highlight and shade the lettering.
I then sanded the whole thing back to give it a more vintage appearance and wiped some gel stain in the crevices.  If this is used in the upright position, it would be a great display piece for lightweight towels or blankets.  The bottom would be great for magazine storage.
I think it's a very unusual piece, and now I have put my own stamp on it.  Here is the before photo.
Thanks for taking a peak.

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