There are a few things that we just haven’t got around to getting for our home. You all know I love a good DIY (being a DIY blogger and all), but sometimes it’s nice to start with an old item and do it up into a gorgeous home decor piece, rather than starting it from scratch.
Last week I teamed up with Gumtree to FINALLY get around to adding a new item to our house. I found a gorgeous old ladder on the Gumtree Mobile App and gave you all the chance to give your suggestions for a ladder upcycle project. Your ideas were AH-MAY-ZING!
While a ladder upcycle can clearly be done in so many ways around the house (besides, you know, reaching things that are too high), I decided I really needed a new bedside “table”.
What You Need:
Sander (or sandpaper, strong arms and some patience)
Strong wood glue
Sand down the ladder well. I had planned to paint the whole ladder white, but after seeing the lovely wood colour underneath, I decided to make it two-tone.
Use masking tape to make a neat line about half way up the ladder, on either side. Paint two layers of paint, removing the masking tape once the paint is dry.
To add a shelf, use a piece of plywood, cut to size, and paint it white too. Using a strong wood glue, attach the shelf to the ladder. You could also use screws, however we did not need them.
You can add a little extra storage space by placing a matching box underneath the bottom rung. It’s the perfect place to hide your cellphone charger in amongst your slippers and a blanket.
The DIY for this light will be coming soon, so keep your eyes on the blog!
Using the Gumtree Mobile App is really simply. You can search for any item you’d like, choose your category, search in as broad an area as you want and set your budget. Once you’ve found an item that you’d like, you can easily contact the seller from within the app. Being able to search for a hard-to-find item from the comfort of my own home is a serious bonus!
GIVEAWAY WINNER // Congratulations
The best part about a competition is that someone actually gets to win a prize. WOOHOO! The winner of the R2000 @Home voucher, chosen randomly, is:
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