Old Ladder Bookcase

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Uncategorized | 32 comments

Can I just share with you how happy it makes me that my oldest daughter is beginning to LOVE the decorating and creating process?!

Last year, she rarely wanted to go to yard sales with me.

Goodwill was out of the question.

Just this past week she asked when yard sale season was going to start?!

She is as excited as I am!

Being a lover of yard sales for quite some time, I have collected a fair amount of “treasures.”

My oldest has not always been thrilled with my “treasures.”

She would actually ask me to please not buy any more.

“What are you going to do with that?” she would ask.

“Decorate with it.” I would say.

Some of these “treasures” serve a purpose for a bit and then are left with no purpose.

Such is the case with the random old ladder in our backyard.

My oldest gave random ladder a new home this past week.

This was her idea and her decorating skills.

Nicely done.

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This ladder has served some great purposes.

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and. . .

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Mainly serving as an entrance to my backyard for parties.

For the past several months, it has just sat there in our backyard.

A few children have climbed it – thankfully none have broken their legs.

I am not sure that it would support an adult.

It is purely for decorative use only.

I do love its new home.

And, she is thankful that I did not get rid of it!

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Those happen to be my Nancy Drew books.

As a child, I could never actually read them because they freaked me out.

But, I thought their covers were so pretty that I kept them in my room.

Daisy actually reads them.

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She made her “D” and found an old frame in my stash to put pretty paper in.

(She is appreciating my treasures more and more!)

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She is starting a crafting book collection.

“Find and Keep” is her newest addition thanks to a gift card from the Dickersons!

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Notice the post-it notes on everything.

She had a Spanish vocabulary test today over “home” words.

I was afraid to take them off for the pictures, because I never would have known how to put them back?

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Love the washi tape in a jar for a bookend – this girl is so creative!

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Love the tiny banner!

This girl visits some blogs!

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What a great way to fill that corner.

This girl has some skill.

She and a friend of hers are talking about starting their own blog.

All things for middle school girls.

They have some really cute ideas.

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  1. Love your ideas…. Fern

  2. It looks like your daughter is a talented chip off the ol’ block! My daughter is my favorite co-thrifter, and she has an excellent eye. She’ll even get up early on a Saturday morning to hit the summer yard sales. Aren’t we lucky to share our passions with our girls? Please tell your daughter that I just love her ladder shelves and styling.

  3. Your daughter takes after her mom!!! Super fabulous.

  4. Very clever! A nice repurpose for that ladder. Love her “D”!

  5. YES—- the blog for D is a GREAT idea!!!!!!!

  6. You have got to be so proud. She did a wonderful job – such clever ideas! The whole room is just lovely with all the pops of color. I HAVE to go out and find a ladder now. I’d love to copy her idea for my (future) craft room!

  7. You have taught her well, Melissa! What a great “bookcase” she made! I would love to find an old ladder myself to use in decorating. The one I’m looking for is just a stand up kind, though, not the standard unfolding. 🙂 – Karen

  8. Melissa,

    Tell Daisy I love her use of the ladder. I love books and hadn’t thought of using a ladder! That’s wonderful!

    And please tell David we enjoyed seeing him (and hearing him) from afar Friday night! His talk was great!

    Blessings to all of you!

  9. brilliant!

  10. That is truly such a clever use of the old ladder! She’s definitely following your lead!

  11. I can’t wait until my daughters want to go thrifting with me. Great job with this room, I love the bright colours.

  12. I LOVE how your daughter is using the tall ladder!! Great idea. Don’t you just love when our daughters catch our decorating bug of repurposing items. What fun!
    Mary Alice

  13. This is such a cute idea! I love it! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

  14. How creative! Love this!

    I would like to invite you to my linky party, Thrifty Thursday!


    Hope to see you there!


  15. Perfect! Love her style and how you encourage it.


  16. That is a great use of a ladder.

  17. What a great idea! Love the bookcase, what a great way to give something new life! Very creative! And I love the embroidery hoop pictures on the wall too, so pretty!

  18. Love the ladder as a bookshelf ! So cute !

  19. The PERFECT book shelf…love it 🙂

  20. This looks fantastic! Such good ideas 😉
    Jamie ~ Better With Age

  21. I love your ladder. I had a little ladder holding books in my living room, but she got bumped outside recently. I wish I had space for a larger one like yours.

    I store my washi tape in a glass jar also.

  22. Love how vintage-y and crafty your room is. 🙂 I have been looking for a similar ladder to prop on my wall to hang blankets. 🙂 Love the idea of using it as shelving but I have a feeling my cats would knock everything over!!!

  23. How great to have a daughter following in your talented footsteps! I have two grown sons who only shake their heads and roll their eyes when I show them my newest “treasure.” One recently told me if he heard me say the word “vintage” again he would scream! Luckily, his six-year old daughter loves everything her Nana creates, so I have a “groupie” in the making.

  24. Your ladder is perfect in that corner and your displays are lovely. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  25. What a great idea!! Your daughter did an awesome job accessorizing it!

  26. I love everything about this room!! Swooning over that ladder! Would love for you to share at the party! xo bridgett


  27. I love the ladder bookshelf! It fits perfectly in the space. Thanx for partying!

  28. You have a budding interior designer! Their website would do well, thought the eyes of the younger designers.
    Homa style is having an Inspire Me link party that just started!
    I would love it if you linked up:)
    Here’s the link

    I do my best to market the inspiring projects through my social media sites and follow too:)

  29. Like mother, like daughter–smart as a whip, she is! LOVE that old ladder, and what a great use for it!

  30. I know where she gets her creativity and sense of style! 🙂 Love every detail!

  31. Perfect!!!

  32. What a cute idea! I’m scouring the internet/Etsy now for a ladder to do the same with!
    Did you do the curtain behind the bed as well?! So cute! If you know of any tutorials on that, PLEASE let me know!


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