Stepladders as furniture are popular in my area. A couple friends of mine have painted and tweaked them and they sold very well in my booth. I figured it was my turn to see what I could come up with. So I decided to show you How To Make A Plant Stand From A Stepladder.
I was fortunate to find one at a garage sale and one at a favorite junk store. Now that they are so popular if you can find one they cost quite a bit. It is wild.
I knew I didn’t want to slap some paint on it and call it done. About two years ago I found vintage tile with letters at a wonderful salvage store called Used Stuff. I gathered what I could but vowels were at a premium so I have to be creative on my words.
I rummaged through and I found enough letters to make “grow”. Perfect for a plant stand. I had just enough to alternate between blue and black. That determined the color scheme.
The ladder has seen better days, you certainly do not want to climb on it but as a plant stand it works! First things first, it was scrubbed down with Murphy’s Oil Soap.
My first task was to saw a piece of pallet wood in 2 pieces measured out at 18 5/8 inches. This is slightly larger than the letters along with the border edge of the tile. I got out my trusty compressor and nailed the two boards to the bottom of the ladder. After the boards were attached I sanded down the rough areas.
Then it was time for the first coat of DIY chalk paint using one part Plaster of Paris mixed with water and three parts paint in a black.
Then I applied the Sherwin Williams crackle medium. I love watching the paint crackle. It is a lot more exciting than watching paint dry, tee hee. Plus the look matches the vintage tile.
After allowing it to dry I painted over it with DIY Chalk Paint in a blue that matched the blue in the tile. Again I applied the crackle medium after the paint dried.
The final coat of DIY chalk paint in a creamy white was painted on the ladder. To protect the paint I painted on a coat of Polycrylic.
Once that was dry it was time to put on the tile. Now usually I use liquid nails when I have a small tiling project but I didn’t have any. I decided to try E6000 glue. It worked. The tiles butt up to each other and don’t need to be grouted so this is a very quick and easy project. The hardest part is finding a stepladder at a reasonable price.
Doesn’t it look cute as a plant stand?
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Wooden Stepladder One piece of pallet wood or board
Crackle Medium Paint to match tile
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