Something old/Something new: vintage ladders

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

I spend a lot of time in antique stores and thrift shops dreaming of new ways to use things I find there. One of my favorite spots in Richmond is Class and Trash. Funny name. Amazing store. They have all sorts of architectural relics that have been salvaged from old homes. Just last week I picked up some banister pieces that are now proudly displayed on our mantle in a glass jar.

Class and Trash always seems to have the most interesting distressed ladders – I’ve always wanted to re-purpose one for shelving in our house, but think of all of the interesting ways they could be re-purposed for event design. Put two together with planks of wood to create shelving, and you have a wonderful display piece.

I’m not sure what is on the ladder below, but I’d like to think that candles are lining the steps. Imagine creating an altar flanked by two ladders piled with candles in an industrial space for a very vintage/modern look.

Janie Medley The Brides Cafe flowers floral designLadders would also make a really lovely escort card display. Imagine tying hand lettered table cards to the steps for a shabby chic garden party. And, of course, ladders with wide steps make beautiful display pieces for flowers…

{image #1 via Remodelista; image #2 via maya*made; image #3 via allsorts; image #4 via Oblation Papers & Press; image #5 via The Brides Cafe – flowers by JM Flora, styling by Ritzy Bee, photography by Katie Stoops}


One Response to “Something old/Something new: vintage ladders”
  1. Juliet says:

    I just discovered Class & Trash and it's a great spot! Love the ladders…

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