After rummaging through the attic inside an old general store a few years ago, I came out with several great finds, including this old step ladder. It’s been sitting in our shed collecting dust (and spiders) until recently and I finally figured out what to do with it.
If you read my last post or follow me on Instagram, you may know about my antique booth I started this month. I’m pretty excited about this new venture and thought this ladder would be a perfect addition to sell at my booth and use for display while it is there. I figured since it came from a local place it might be interesting to local buyers. The surface needed to be refreshed, though. It was in rough shape.
I’m still new to chalk paints and honestly it’s very different for me because I’m used to working with Benjamin Moore paints. I made a quick trip to Michaels and chose the Martha Stewart Crafts Vintage Decor Paint because I really liked the color, Antique Sky.
I saw that the paint was easy to distress with sandpaper and I wanted to have a distressed look. Antiquing an antique…yep! The Vintage Decor Paint is more fluid than the other chalk paints I’ve used. I LOVE it! It was so easy to work with and I think I’ve found my go-to chalk paint.
The nice thing about the surface being so rough is that I didn’t need to do a lot of distressing after the paint dried. I love the way it went on and all the dents and scratches showed up nicely with just one coat. The wax was very easy to apply. I just brushed it on and buffed it out with a damp sponge afterward. I chose not to buff it out with a cloth, as the directions called for, because I didn’t want the fibers of the cloth getting caught anywhere in the surface of the ladder. The wax gave it a strong, smooth finish.
I’m very happy with the way it turned out and these ladders are perfect to use for display shelves! There is a bar in the back that would make a nice place to hang hand towels or small throw blankets.
I know some people prefer not to paint antique pieces, but I think the paint really added to this piece and covered a the surface that was not so attractive. And really, it’s just a ladder, not some mahogany china cabinet with a fancy name attached. Just an old ladder!
Here’s a closer look at the surface. I think that one coat was just right for this piece. I only sanded a little on the edges of the steps and the sides. I love how some of the wood is showing through!
This ladder is quite sturdy and if you find one that is stable like this one, it’s great for displaying some things that don’t have a lot of weight. I think they make a nice alternative for a side table by a bed or a sofa. It could also make a nice shelving unit to store towels in a bathroom.
Finally, this furniture refinishing blogger has stepped out of her little box and started trying chalk paint! Have you used a chalk paint with wax finish before? This is the third brand I have tried and this is my favorite one to work with, so far. Which chalk paint brands do you suggest? I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave a link below in the comments if you have a chalk paint project to share! I highly recommend the Vintage Decor Paint at Michaels!