Friday, May 14, 2010

A Vintage Side Table


Our master bedroom makeover is really starting to come together. We moved our bed to the opposite wall to make the room flow better. We originally thought that moving the bed wouldn't work because the room is only 9 1/2' wide and we have a king size bed. We wouldn't be able to fit our nightstand and the bed in the small space.

My husband came up with a solution ..."We'll move the bed and I'll make you new bedside tables to fit the space". It may take a little while before he gets time to build them since his work as a pastor takes at least 50 to 60 hours a week. He also needs to finish the cabinet he's building for our daughter and her husband as their wedding gift before starting a new project.

In the mean time, we needed a bedside table. The stepladder that I was using while painting the room beside the bed has been adopted as a nightstand. How about this for a temporary solution!

This vintage ladder has some real sentiment for me. It was my grandmother's, and as a little girl I remember seeing her climbing up on it to reach things from her cupboard. She used it often since she was a little lady of only 5 feet.



I love the detail that show it's use over the years!


The ball jar featured here belonged to my other grandmother. I added some shells and the color works perfect with the room.

Have a great weekend!



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33 comments:

  1. I love the little ladder as a sidetable. I hope it stays. How nice to have happy memories of both your grandmothers right beside you.

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  2. Love it....I love using what you have....or finding things to make over.
    Thanks for sharing your lovely table with us.
    Happy day

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  3. That is simply gorgeous! Love the ladder, the jar, all of it!!

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  4. How neat! I think you should keep the stepladder right where it is ;)

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  5. Joy, I think we are all in agreement that you should just keep the little ladder right where it is...it's adorable and the ball jar on top just adds that special something to it...

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  6. That's great! Add such an interesting focal point to the room. I'm voting with the others - make it permanent!

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  7. I love that old chippy shabby ladder as a side table. Looks great. Thanks for coming by.

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  8. Inspiring idea...luv it! Hope you have a FUN weekend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  9. I love that the ladder was your grandmothers! It's such a great size too to mover around to any spot!

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  10. Looks great and what a wonderful, loving tribute to your grandmother.

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  11. What a great idea! It looks great!
    Elisabeth

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  12. Oh, I love your ball jar too. The little ladder as a side table is perfect. I love the walls too. Thanks for stopping by so I could find you.

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  13. I love your little ladder right there! How funny that you are right next to a ladder project almost identical to yours on Shabby Nest!

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  14. That's so sweet. I think it would also be extremely handy -- for books, glass of water, eyeglasses, remote control. I love this idea!

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  15. That is darling! I want an old step ladder now!!!!

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  16. Very cute! Isn't it cool to have all those levels to stash stuff?

    Thanks for linking up to the ladder party at SNS!

    FJ Donna
    http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

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  17. It is perfect and I hope you never change it! I love it!

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  18. I'm lovin' your bedroom and the board and batten look on the walls!

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  19. I just love those little half ladders! It works wonderful as a bedside table in your bedroom!

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  20. Love the rustic ladder and it is so much beter when memories are attached.

    Janet

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  21. I have the same little ladder except it doesn't have quite as much character as yours. I think it's the cutest thing. Yours looks great as an impromptu bedside table. Maybe it will become permanent:)

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  22. Hi there Joy!

    I wanted to thank you again for linking your project to the Boardwalk Bragfest. I also wanted to let you know that I featured your project on the blog, and you can see it here:

    http://wwwbobbypinsboardwalk.blogspot.com/

    Please feel free to grab a "featured" button! I hope to see you again this week!

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  23. Hi Joy. I was just over at Bobbypinsboardwalk and saw your stepladder/bedside table. This was my favorite thing on that entire page. I just love it. I don't know if it's the sea blue/green of the ball jar with shells and how it matches you paint or not. I love the summery look of your walls with the shells in the perfect jar and the simplicity of the bedside ladder. Anyway it's the best vignette.

    Hugs...Tracy :)

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  24. This perfectly exemplifies the home making I love, re purposing pieces you already have. Your sweet ladder with family history and spots of paint from your present life make it a useful as well as memorable nightstand. The frugality is an extra blessing!
    Lezlee

    I'm gonna' follow you!

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  25. Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

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  26. Thanks for linking and helping to make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory

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  27. Joy, that looks so cute! I would just keep it that way! I can't wait to see the rest of the room.
    Thanks as always for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

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  28. The ladder! The jar! Give it to me now!

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  29. Doesn't this make the perfect little beachy bedside table. Love the jar with shells with it.

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  30. Oh Joy, That little nightstand table is so cute. I hope it stays too. The sentiment of both peices...it could be part of a larger wall grouping on that side of the bed.

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  31. Totally terrific! Why bother with a bedside table when you have such a wonderful memento from the past in that ladder? It looks great there!

    Thanks for linking up to Time Travel Thursday.

    Have a happy and safe 4th!

    Blessings,
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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