Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Art of Stripping


Hope nobody gets too excited or is misled~

This is just a quick post about my adventure in stripping paint off an object before turning it into a dream piece of furniture, rather than one about the burlesque talent of removing one's clothes artfully.  Heck, if that's what you're into, this is the internet and let's face it, there's plenty on both, I'm certain.   Just one is more up my alley.  Well, as far as you'll ever know.

As you know, we recently moved. 
The house we moved into is a charming older home, is great shape, but still, retains opportunities to add our own je ne sais quoi to it.  

I don't know what it is, anytime I move, I comb magazine after magazine, site after site, looking for ways to get my Martha on.



So, a few weeks before the move, I visited a flea market, and purchased a gray wooden ladder.  I paid $25 for it- pleased that I'd winkled the price down from $35.  Visions of Pinterest worthy masterpieces danced in my head.

I visited my local Menards, and bought the necessary tools,  and set to work.  It was a nice break from packing up our previous home.

Still, it did get a tad tedious.   Hats off to Martha and her crew.

After seeing me working on stripping the ladder for the second day in a row, my neighbor, who is also a good friend, asked, "Wouldn't it have been easier to just buy an unfinished ladder?"

My reply was an indignant and defensive, "Well that's not really the point..." Can only imagine what Martha had to go through to become Martha.

 If you would like to get your Martha on, I found an unfinished 6" wood ladder available at Ace Hardware.  I won't judge.



















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AFTER:














Originally I planned to use the ladder in our main bathroom as a towel rack.   Then I realized that I had misremembered our bath and it already had enough towel racks.     Nor was there enough room anywhere else in the bath.  So, as of now it is in our back room, till I figure out where it should go next.


Maybe I'll use it for a Halloween prop.


Oh well... we'll see.

Happy Saturday!