Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Suspended Ladder Project

Happy Wednesday! Today, I would like to share my suspended ladder project. Many of you may recall my "white" hanging ladder many years ago. I would decorate the ladder through the seasons. Well, I really miss it, so I decided to make my very own hanging ladder, just in time for fall.
Where did I get my inspiration for a DIY ladder? I will tell you. Suzy from Worthington Court. She explains with pictures how to make this ladder for under $20.00. She did not hang her ladder, but I did. This is my version - in black. You can paint or stain the wood in any color you like, or leave it completely untouched for a rustic touch.
  It took me 15 minutes to assemble the ladder including measuring my slats, pre-drilling then adding the screws. I wrote down all the dimensions (per Suzy's blog post) and went to Lowes and had them make all the cuts for me. Can you say ~ simple? 
 I did pre-drill the holes because I didn't want the wood to split or crack.
I put the screws in and was done. Seriously, it was just that simple.
 I  then painted the wood starting with the brown paint color as I was unsure what color I wanted to go with. 
This is the ladder painted brow. I didn't sand the wood, as I wanted a rustic look.
 I decided that I wanted the end look to be black - to match my kitchen table and hutch set.
I pre-drilled and placed this hook on all four sides, so I could attach my chain and hang it from the ceiling.
 These are the hooks and chain I purchased.
Adding the chain.
Here is the ladder before adding the hooks and chain.  I could have found several uses for it. I could have leaned it up against a wall and used it as a blanket holder, or a towel holder in a bathroom.
Here my ladder is suspended from the ceiling.
 I had some glass shelves and placed those on top of the ladder so I could set things up there evenly.
 This is the finished look.
Umm, did I forget to mention that I have already started to decorate for fall? *blush* 
I got so into the fall decorating that I decided to make my family a fall meal, Butternut-squash soup with crumbled bacon on top and ciabatta bread for dipping. It was delish!
I've got a super cool project to share that only cost $40.00 and adds the WOW factor to any kitchen. I will be sharing that next, and lots of Autumn decorating, too!
I've got my pumpkin spice candles going and the house is super cozy in Autumn colors, and I'm loving it! Thanks for visiting! 
XOXO, ~Liz
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~Throwback Pictures~
(WHITE LADDER/FALL DECORATING)




36 comments:

  1. I literally squeal when I see you have a new post!! You are my very fav Liz and you always will be. Funny I was just telling someone the other day about the first ladder you had and how you would decorate it according to the season. Love it!

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    1. You are so sweet and made my day with your lovely comment, thank you. :) Big ((Hugs)) to you, ~Liz

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  2. Glad to see your post!!! I've missed you and watching your sweet girls grow up. Your home is so lovely and I can't wait to see how you decorate for Fall this year.

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    1. Aww, thank you Susan. I've missed blogging, but as the kids get older, I find myself having less and less time. I hope that when they are back in school, it will free up more of my time, allowing me to blog a bit more. :) xo, Liz

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  3. Love the ladder over your table. I have been so excited to decorate for fall. It is my favorite time of year. You make me want to get started but my husband said to please wait until September to start.I guess I can do that since it is almost here. It was great seeing a post from you and can't wait to see what else you have done.

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    1. Traditionally, many people wait until September to decorate for Fall, except me! Ha! Every year I try to hold off until September, but I end up cracking and start in August. lol!

      Hope you have fun decorating for Fall, as I have. Get those Pumpkin Spice candles ready. :) XO, ~Liz

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  4. Love your kitchen, Liz all dressed up for fall! I haven't started decorating, but I have some ideas! The ladder is a perfect place above your table. I've always thought this project was to hard to make. I think I'm going to try it. Thanks for the inspiration! Can't wait for you to share the next project!

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    1. Thank you. If you end up making a ladder, I would love to see it. xo, Liz

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  5. I nearly jumped out of chair this morning seeing you post! Please consider doing more, we love you!! Pam

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    1. Hi Pamela,
      Thanks for visiting. Oh, I plan on posting more often....I love fall and Christmas. More to come....
      xo, Liz

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  6. Liz, I just love this idea, so pretty! I can't wait to see all your fall decor. You have always been such an inspiration to me. Just recently I tried one of your projects, mounting the iPad on the kitchen wall and I have to say that I love it. It used to be all over the kitchen counters while I was trying a new recipe and now it is up and out of the way. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas with us. Take care, Maria.

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    1. Hi Maria Elena,
      I'm so glad you like the iPad in the kitchen idea. YAY! Just wait till you see my next post.....:)

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  7. I was super excited to see this post in my email! Liz---you are truly a decor genius!! Everything looks stunning....as always!!! Magazine worthy! ���� Best wishes!!

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    1. Hi Kathy,
      You are so sweet to say that....thank you so much. :) xoxo, Liz

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  8. I love your blog.. It always makes me so happy when I see you have something new up on your blog. You are such an inspiration! You are always way ahead of me in the decorating arena! Your home looks so beautiful.

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    1. Hi Jeanette,
      Thank you so much. :) xoxo, Liz

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  9. Love, love, love all the fall decor!!! The ladder looks great. I always wanted to add a ladder with elves as decor for one of my Christmas trees, and now I can. A project under $20 is a steal! Thank you so much for the inspiration and instructions. I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

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    1. Hi Dani,
      Thank you. When Christmas roles around, if you decide to make a ladder with elves decor, I would LOVE to see it. :) xo, Liz

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  10. Love it, Liz! You are in your seasonal element again ... I look forward to seeing lots more of your fabulous Fall decor! I can't wait to get started, too! ;)

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    1. Hi Becca,
      Thank you. I can't wait to see what you have in mind this year, you are always a huge inspiration to me.
      xo, Liz

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  11. Glad you posted again..it really makes my day to see your awesome decorating ideas. I now want to start my fall decorating as well!

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    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you. Get your fall candles going....the aroma will surely get you in the mood to decorate. :)

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  12. Love your new ladder Liz and all your falls decorations! It was nice also to see your throw back pictures of your previous kitchen.
    Always happy to see a new post from you. I hope you are having a wonderful summer with your girls.
    Take care
    Jeannette

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    1. Hi Jen,
      Thanks for visiting, sweet friend. Yes, we are having a fabulous summer, busy, but fun. :) I hope you are having a great summer, too! xo, Liz

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  13. Your home looks great! I always look forward to your posts. Fall is my favorite season and I try to wait until September, but I've been starting in August, too! :-)

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    1. Hi Soffia,
      Thank you. I'm so glad to hear i'm not the only one starting in August, lol! It just means we get to enjoy it a little bit longer than most. xo, Liz

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  14. Wow Liz fabulous as always can't wait to see what you have next! Have a blessed rest of the week hugs and blessing :-)

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    1. Hi Maggie,
      Thank you. When are you starting your fall decorating? ;)

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    2. Soon waiting on hubby to get my stash out from the attic!

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  15. I am so happy to see you back! I loved your first ladder and love this one even more!!! I love the black, and you have decorated it beautifully!!!! I am antsy to start on Fall but it has been SO hot here. SOON!!!!

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    1. Hi Pinky,
      Thank you. I know, its hard to get in the fall mood when the weather is crazy hot outside. ;) In my case, I just cranked down the air conditioner, ha! ;)

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  16. This project looks beautiful in your home. I remember your white ladder. I enjoyed your previous posts of how your decorated that ladder and I can't wait to see how you decorate this ladder for the coming seasons. I look forward to your decorating posts. Can't wait to see what else you have to share with us!!!

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  17. I have been watching for a white ladder for years! Ever since I saw your first one! I finally talked my husband into making one and I got it out up today! I am in LOVE! Thank you for the inspiration!!!!!! LOVE your blog!

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    1. I'm so glad you talked your husband into making one, I bet it looks fabulous. Wish I could see it...:)
      Thanks for visiting and for the sweet comment. Have fun decorating your suspended ladder. Xo, Liz

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  18. Liz, love all your fall projects and videos! Where did you get your dining room table runner? Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Sheryl. 😀

      The table runner I found at HomeGoods. Thx for visiting. Xo

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