Posted by Judy Cholfe on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 Under: Repurposing



Well, hello everyone!  Great day today, weather-wise…nice not to have rain, even though we needed it so desperately.

I just love finding unusual things to put in my garden to add interest and whimsy.  You know what I love even better…when I find them for FREE!!I Just picked up two, yes two, wooden step ladders at the end of a driveway just waiting for me to find them.  I have looked in antique shops, but they want so much for them.  They were both very scruffy, but I was painting them anyway….


One I painted a canary yellow, and one was painted a bright turquoise….


The canary yellow one sits outside my kitchen window.  The houses are actually fence post pieces I painted to look like the “Jellybean Row Houses” in St. John’s,  Newfoundland, (see my previous blog post about my painted houses). I was born in England, but grew up in St. John’s, so these colourful houses bring back wonderful childhood memories now that I have lived in Ontario for many, many years.

The second ladder I painted a bright turquoise…

The items on the ladder I bought from a thrift store.  I like the ladder semi-buried in the garden…it gives the appearance that it is supposed to be there instead of leaning against the house ready for use.

The colours I chose do have a connection to the back deck.  I used the same colour family for articles there…

And, yes, those are canvases of Cuba on the back wall.  They are interior pictures, so I bring them in at night.

Two other items I found at a garage sale at a local ice-cream parlor that also sold collectibles, were a vintage metal cooler, and a very old metal stool….

I lucked in, and got these fabulous pieces for $15.00 for the pair.  The name on the cooler is “KAMPKOLD”.  

I cleaned up the cooler, but left it in its original state…

The stool was painted…

I left the seat original.  It looks a bit like vinyl flooring….

Another piece found at the end of a driveway, was this cute double-sided chaulk board…

The black board was re-painted on both sides with chaulk paint,

and the frame was also given a coat of bright green chaulk paint,

but I haven’t found a home for it yet…..

Summer is almost coming to an end, but there are still treasures to be found, (maybe even for FREE)!!!!!!

Hope you find cool things to re-purpose, redesign and re-use…Until next time, Judy

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Judy Cholfe Hi, thanks for stopping by! I am Judy Cholfe, IRP...(Interior Redesign Professional), owner/operator of JC Redesigns, Interior Redesign/Staging-- Servicing Simcoe County and GTA. (705)727-6282 Decorating is my passion and I want to share that passion with you, the client..... I want to energize, motivate, and inspire people to do something fun and creative in their own homes. I also totally love anything DIY.

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