The best things in life are under $5. That's my motto and I pretty much stick to it. Unless we're talking about boots. In that case the best things in life are over $139.99. But I digress.
I want to share with you the best $4 I've ever spent. Check out this baby. The beautiful aged wood tones and textures. A drop of paint here and there. Perfection.
I'd been looking for a ladder after seeing them around the web used for bookshelves and bedside tables and things. While treasure hunting with Sarah, we randomly stopped in this little flea market. We found our way back to a corner booth heaped with all sorts of old goodies, and in the back, at the bottom of the pile was my ladder!
I was a bit worried, I figured it would be way out of my budget. I waded towards it and grasped at a tiny tag dangling from one of the rungs. TEN DOLLARS! I could do that. Long story short- I asked the woman there how low she could go and she said she'd give it to me for $4. I die.
I'd love to use it as a book shelf and a place to put my magazines, like so:
And then, inspired by Donna over at Funky Junk, I thought I'd try turning it into a more personal display with a little twine wrapped around the rungs. I'd love to do this all the way down. I think it would make a great conversation piece.
But, alas, I live in a tiny apartment. So for now, it lives in my little corner next to my vanity where it holds a few pairs of my shoes and some necklaces.
That vanity, by the way, was one of my very first furniture painting experiences. And I got it for free from my grandma's neighbor! I'll have to post about it some time.
I hope you all enjoyed my thrifty little ladder as much as I do every day!