Sunday, 8 February 2015

Salvage project

Woodworking may not have been the best term to use in my last post. Restoration or salvage would have been better. I have been considering a quilt ladder for years......and it came up again last week when I saw one for sale locally. Unfortunately, I don't like paying city prices for my trash and treasure, so I went home to consider the poor, falling apart wooden ladder that I bought years ago and never did anything with. It was in pieces and has been moving closer to firewood every winter.

I thought it was too far gone, but hubby suggested giving it a go. After quite a lot of sanding, some gluing and new nails yesterday, here it is in all its glory. I had fully intended to stain it, but I'm quite partial to silvered timber. I think I will leave it as is for now, and see if I'm motivated to stain it in the future. I was also pretty worried about my quilts getting stained over time, depending on what finish I used. There is a little placemat under each quilt to protect it. I'd be interested in your opinion whether to leave it or stain it a darker colour.


Old Ted also had to be accommodated since he used to sit on the chair that was in this spot.

Susan x

26 comments:

  1. It has the rustic look unstained... but staining the wood to the same colour as the other timber near it would look great too... so if I had to make a choice... then I'd say stain it. xox

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  2. I think it looks wonderful and your quilts look beautiful on it. Teddy looks pretty cute too :0)

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  3. Great job Susan...I love it how it is....a look you can't get in a hurry!

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  4. I would leave it, it's looks beautiful with all your gorgeous quilts hanging from it:) Barb.

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  5. Perfect place for teddy and I like the 'silver' look too.

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  6. I haven't read anyone else's comments yet, Susan - but I say please don't stain it. That grey weathered rustic look is perfect with your beautiful quilts.

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  7. Susan I love the ladder and it looks wonderful with your quilts on it. I would be like you worrying about stain getting on my quilts also so I would leave it natural as well. Other than that I would probably paint it white.

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  8. I love it Susan, especially in it's silvery state, as you put it. I may be a bit biased to the silveriness lol
    It looks gorgeous, good Idea to put a place mat underneath the quilts, that would be my only worry too. great job.

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  9. It looks great unstained. The quilts are displayed lovely on the rack. And what a cute decoration on the top. Great Idea.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  10. Love the silver wood - looks beautiful with your quilts displayed on it!1

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  11. I love your quilt ladder and it displays your quilts wonderfully. It looks great as is; but I am sure it would look good too if refinished. Great idea and even better that you could build it yourself and save money.

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  12. Your weathered, silvery quilt ladder has a very special look to it - know you will get many different thoughts on staining or not to. My vote is to keep it as is. One suggestion would be to place acid free paper between the placemats and the actual quilts.

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  13. I wouldn't touch the colour Susan - I love the aged look and it goes beautifully in your room and with your quilts (lovely collection). Great job on repurposing!

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  14. Its perfect, dont stain it! Love the colour of weathered wood and that certainly makes it look like the rustic ladder it is. Super impressed that you fixed it...any time you see another old ladder that needs saving at bargin prices earmark it for me please!

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  15. It looks wonderful.... I like the silvered colour myself and I don't know anything about stains and would be worrying about it leaking onto the quilt.... I'm sure it doesn't do that... but then a stain would match it to the other woods in the room.... hmmmmm... I sure am a lot of help ...
    Hugz

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  16. Love the quilts on the ladder and the shape of the ladder is perfect. It will look lovely whether left as is, stained or painted. Perhaps live with it as is for a while and see how you feel..

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  17. What a beautiful display Susan - what a gorgeous piece - I quite like the silvered look too - Ted has a great view over his room!
    The DJ blocks you did for FNWF look great, lovely progress there Susan x

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  18. LOVE IT Susan - what a great restoration job you've done. I like it au natural

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  19. Love this Susan...I would leave it as is! Looks great!

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  20. The ladder looks so nice. I like it silver as well.

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  21. I love your ladder and the quilts on it are so pretty. I want a ladder too. I did to get my DH on that project. lol

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  22. Love it....great recycling...I'm with the majority, looks great as it is...

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  23. Your ladder looks wonderful (as it is).

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  24. I like the natural look of the ladder. It is a great way to display your beautiful work.

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