Furniture Flip-Farmhouse Ladder

in , by Julie Nichols, February 09, 2017
I have this thing for farmhouse ladders!  Every time I see a farmhouse ladder on Pinterest or in a magazine I know I have to have one!


See how a broken-down TV tray gets a simple makeover in this furniture flip.

Have you heard the saying a cat has nine lives?  Well, this wooden TV tray has three!  I found two TV trays on the side of the road and gave them a new life with paint and stencils. You can read that post here  Stenciled Number Trays.

One of the TV trays broke and stayed in my workroom for a really long time!  One day I decided to flip it into a farmhouse serving tray.  Here is the post on that  Farmhouse Serving Tray-DIY

Now For The Final Flip:

After the TV tray was flipped into a farmhouse serving tray I was left with the bottom part that looked very much like a ladder to me.  I became very excited because I knew I could flip this piece into one of those farmhouse ladders that I love so much!

I removed the two attached legs on the side of the TV tray.  As you can see from the picture below I was left with an extra-long dowel. This was an easy fix.  I removed the dowel by slipping it through the two holes and used a hand saw to cut the dowel to size.  Then I covered the two holes with wood putty.

Now it looks like a farmhouse ladder

Next, I painted the ladder with white chalk paint.  I used homemade chalk paint.
 It is the easiest chalk paint recipe I know of.  

1 cup latex paint
1/4 cup baking soda
mix well
apply one-two coats

You can also find the recipe by clicking on this link Simple Chalk Paint Recipe.

 Now, this once unloved piece is a treasured focal point in my room!

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  1. Fabulous flips! Roadside finds are the best.

  2. This looks awesome and I love how you got so many beautiful uses out of something free! The fact that you saw a ladder is pretty incredible and you got what you'd always wanted. I've picked up a tray or two from the trash as well ;) Pinning & sharing

    1. Thank you so much! I love doing this sort of thing! It was fun making my farmhouse ladder. So nice that you stopped by and thank you for pinning and sharing.

  3. I love ladders as well, and that's a great way to reuse the leftover legs of the tv tray. Love how it turned out!

  4. So nice to read your blog and see the projects you do that are just my style. Looking forward to our local meet up :) Susan

    1. I am always blown away at what you do! Thanks for the visit can't wait to meet you too!

  5. This is seriously such a brilliant idea Julie. I don't think I would ever have thought of doing that but it works like a charm



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