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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ladder Laundry Rack

I am SO excited about my latest "project" ... it's kinda a long one.
....But it'll be worth it. :-)
Are you ready???

OK, so to preface this I need to remind you that I am a TALL gal.  5 feet 11 inces, to be exact.  
And my legs take up a great deal of those 71 inches.  A 35-inch inseam makes me ridiculously happy.  
But it is also relatively hard to find ... and more importantly - KEEP!  
I can't tell you how many times I have "ruined" my just-barely-long-enough jeans by putting them in the dryer. :(
And therein lies my problem.  Or part of my problem, anyway.  

Let me put this in pictures ... 
This is what my laundry room looks like most days:


Jeans, pants, and various other dryer unfriendly articles of clothing hung on the coat hooks and any other hooks I can find (like the one inside my ironing board cabinet door).  

I NEED a drying rack.  But 1) I don't really have enough room for one (if I still want to move around my laundry room, anyway), and 2) I don't really love the look of those metal industrial-looking drying racks you can buy in the stores.  

Enter:  this old wooden ladder.
 Which I painted turquoise blue (the same turquoise blue I used on the trunk on the front porch!)...
 And then I sanded and scuffed and stained it up a little bit ...
and screwed some hooks in four spots.
And THEN ... I got these shower hooks for $4.95 from Amazon.com.
And I spray painted them Rustoleum Cherry Red (to match the old laundry cart that also hangs out in this room).  
And then I talked my handy, helpful husband into helping me hang the whole thing from the laundry room ceiling!
 I bought four identical lengths of chain at the hardware store and painted them the same color as our walls (so that they would blend in as much as possible - I'd rather have the ladder be the focal point than the chains!).
And here is the finished product!  




It's only been up for a week, but I'm lovin' every moment!  
Here it is in action...

Total cost for the entire project (because I already had the old wooden ladder) was less than $10.00 ... so worth every penny!  And I love the feeling of taking something old and forgotten and turning it into something functional and CUTE!  

Thanks for stopping by to check out my latest project ... to see the other projects I've been working on over the last month or so, look HERE!


P.S. Have you checked out my very first giveaway!?  Please help me celebrate 100 followers, and go take a look!  And if you like what you see, I'd love for you to follow me! :-)

128 comments:

  1. YOU are AMAZING!!!! WOW!! And those same beautiful two colors again...I might have to try this project out too...you never cease to amaze me Bec...I really have never seen anything this creative in my life! ;)

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  2. Such a fantastic way to solve a problem without breaking the bank! It looks really good, I'm going to use an old wooden stair gate for my laundry hanger!

    Thanks for sharing

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  3. I love the color you chose for the ladder! So cute! And great idea for the function!

    I host a weekly linky party on Tuesdays called Terrfic Under Ten. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

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  4. Love that Bec, Good idea! It is perfect.

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  5. Soooo cute!!! What a great idea and you made it happen, you are so handy, too! =)

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  6. Love it! What a brilliant idea!

    I am having a fine art photography giveaway on my blog. The artist is Melanie Alexandra. She has more than 200 photographs in her Etsy store. Leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite image to win any photograph of your choice.
    http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/04/fine-art-photography-giveaway-by.html

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  7. Sweet! And go Scotty, getting crafty too. =)

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  8. I can hardly wait to copy this...I have a laundry room that looks like this and long legs also!!! Perfect solution for drying jeans!!! I'm a new follower also!!!

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  9. amazing! This is such a great idea!

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  10. Love, love, love this idea!! It is so creative, and such a space saver!!!!
    Have a great weekend =)

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  11. What a great idea...plus I just LOVE that teal color! Thanks for visiting my blog today!

    jen

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  12. Hi Bec! I love this! It is so cool! Great Job! :)

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  13. This is awesome!! I love it. Great idea. :)
    Following from Social Parade.
    http://dinkalulu.blogspot.com/

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  14. Love, love, love it. I want one now. Following from social parade.

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  15. This is such a cute idea Bec. I absolutely fell in love with the turquoise blue color you painted the ladder and it definitely contrasts so beautifully with those cherry red hooks:) All i can say is .. LOVE!!! I am now following you thanks to Social Parade, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
    Also today we have the coolest blog hop there is... no rules just fun and would love you to join in with us at Boost My Blog Friday, where you can meet lots of friends and have a great time:) See you there!
    Happy Friday

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  16. I love that !! It's such a clever idea!!!! Smarty you !!!!
    You can visit my blog here http://sailingwithbarefeet.blogspot.com/

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  17. This is a FANTASTIC idea! I see old wooden ladders all the time on Craigslist! I think I may have to borrow this idea from you!

    Wendy remakingitmine.blogspot.com

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  18. Such a smart and cute idea! I am really tall too and always shrink my pants too short! Looks great!

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  19. What a sweet and creative idea! I love it the ladder and the idea of using it like this - and love the pretty color you chose! Would love for you to share this at Feathered Nest Friday sometime! :)

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  20. Love it!!

    Visiting from Tatertots and Jello!

    Emily @ www.TheToastedCoconut.blogspot.com

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  21. what a fabulous idea :)
    lots of old ladders in my garage, so i might have to give this a whirl :)
    love your blog!

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  22. This reminds me of the ladder I used to hang in my country kitchen back in the 80's, when I was a young bride in my first house. Back then, I used to hang my dried florals and herbs from it! Great idea to re-purpose your old ladder as a drying rack.
    :-) Sue

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  23. That is such a great idea! It is reallllly cute.

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  24. That is such a great idea! Love it. sooo creative. Love the color you chose :)

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  25. Love your ladder - colors and all! I am so glad to find this because my daughter hangs her things everywhere - even the stair rail going down to the washroom. Can't wait to show her this. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Holy cow!!!! This is such a great idea! I definitely need to do this to my laundry room when we redo it. My husband insists that his clothes be hung to dry so they don't shrink!!!! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featuredc" button.

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  27. This is so darling! I love it!!
    Lindsay
    craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com

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  28. It looks soooo pretty! I want one of these like stat. I hang my baby's diapers outside to sun & dry but this would be great for rainy days and clothing items that I don't like to dry.

    Also, I'm a mere 5' 2.5" {that half inch is vital} so I may need a step stool. ;)

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  29. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! Awesome idea that I can't wait to steal!! Ha!

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  30. This is SO inspired! I love it and wished my laundry room was not this teeny weeny room...I need to find a mini ladder or something. What a fabulous idea!

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  31. THAT is awesome!! And I totally understand the concern with the jeans!!! I'm 5'10" with a 34" inseam, and I have the same problem!! (You should check out Vanity at your mall. I recently got some jeans there with a 37" inseam!! Insane!)

    This is truly inspired!! You are a BRILLIANT woman!!

    http://dojocrafting.blogspot.com

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  32. Okay, you get my vote as the most clever woman with the greatest idea of the week, month, year maybe. This is fantastically cute, clever and handy. Bravo!!!

    Nice to meet you. Amy

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  33. my laundry room was my more commented on post, so this will be very popular and touch the hearts of all the women out there. What a good looking and great solution for your problem. A++++++++

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  34. I really love this. I am planning a laundry room reno and this is going in my file.

    Thanks

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  35. Love this!! I'm in the process of purchasing our first home and I can't believe how excited i am to be decorating a laundry room and pantry! I may have to use this wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing!

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  36. LOVE it...now I'm going to have to keep my eye out for an old library.

    Your newest follower, Jessica

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  37. That is fabulous; exactly what I need in my laundry room! I love the colors you chose as well!

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  38. That is soooooo fantastic! I love how you completely repurposed the ladder and not only is it functional it is just so darling in your lovely laundry room. Great job! :-)
    Thanks for linking this to Inspiration Friday,
    Vanessa

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  39. Hey, I am visiting from "Just Something I Whipped Up" and this idea is amazing!!

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  40. Okay, why have I not seen your blog before? Where have I been??? What a totally genius idea! :) I think we will be seeing people copying this idea all over the place!! :) Thanks for linking up this week. Adding you to my blog list of "Must Reads". xoxo

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  41. That is so freaking adorable, but then again I am not surprised being you are one of the most creative people I know!! LOVE it!!! What a great idea to hang it from the ceiling. I would have never thought of that! Now if only I had a bigger laundry room since I would always be getting slapped in the face with my jeans and shirts : )

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  42. This is so cute and so clever!! I love it!
    Jen
    Scissors & Spatulas

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  43. LOVE this idea!! I have a small laundry room and need places to hang stuff something like this would be perfect, seriously awesome idea!!

    http://craftiestthings.blogspot.com

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  44. Love this. I too being tall (enter pants shrinkage issues) with a very small laundry room which is also the back door may have to tackle this. Thanks.
    bellakates.blogspot.com

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  45. Great idea! What did your husband use to anchor it to support the weight of wet clothes? I had a similar idea- but without the awesome ladder- but my hubby nixed it due to weight concerns (and the corresponding ceiling repair). Please share so I can convince my husband it's doable!

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  46. This is PURE BRILLIANCE. I have been looking for a solution for my tiny laundry room and this is perfection! Thanks!

    myfabulesslife.blogspot.com

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  47. Wow! that is such a cool idea! I never have enough place to hang my clothes to dry! This looks fabulous and is functional. Thanks for sharing! wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com

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  48. Forgot to mention! I would love for you to come link up to my Sew Crafty Party !

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  49. I LOVE this idea! So cute and useful! I've got to get my hands on an old wood ladder!!

    ~Jessa
    www.jessajill.blogspot.com

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  50. Dear "Anonymous" ...
    My husband used his stud-finder to make sure he was screwing the hooks into studs. It is very strong! I could probably use it as monkey bars if I wanted to! :)~

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  51. Creative, beautiful and functional! I love it! So glad I saw your link-up over at Flamingo Toes! I'll be "stumbling" and "pinning" your post for sure!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

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  52. Love this idea! Now I just have to keep my eye out for the perfect ladder!
    - Andrea

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  53. Thanks! I had wanted to suspend just a rod (functional but boring compared to your idea). Our studs run parallel with the direction I needed it to hang and they're not in the right spot to use them but I think the ladder could totally work! I would just have to have four separate hooks to hang it, 2 in each stud and it should work! Great idea- now I just need to find a cool old ladder!

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  54. P.S.- We also named our daughter Lucy!

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  55. Oh my goodness, my husband's name is Scott too! LOL!

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  56. Where, oh where, did my ladder go? I have been hunting for old ladders forever! Someday I will find one!

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  57. Love this! If my laundry room was big enough, I would sooo do this!

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  58. I love this! I featured it on my blog today!

    Lois

    www.auntielolocrafts.blogspot.com

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  59. What a fantastic and creative use of space! I'd love for you to share this tutorial on my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party a www.laughloveandcraft.com

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  60. Love the ladder! What a cute and functional idea.

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  61. Beauty meets function! Love the way this looks and it's useful at the same time! Great idea!
    ~Michelle :)

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  62. This is so genius! I want one!! I just featured this post on my Wednesday's Wowzers. Here is the link:

    http://oopsey-daisy.blogspot.com/2011/04/wednesdays-wowzers-almost-time-for-egg.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~Alison

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  63. A fabulous idea! It looks great!

    Visiting from Blue Cricket!

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  64. I love this idea....your so creative!

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  65. Congratulations, this post made this week's top hits at singingwithbirds.com. Come check it out and grab a button if you'd like. Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea!

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  66. I'm 5'11" too! When I find a pair of pants long enough I cherish them! Love the ladder!

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  67. I want ladder! That is uper cute! I'm your newest follower! I'm also having a giveaway , a spring plaque..I'd love it if you stopped by!

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  68. This is so awesome!! I'd love for you to link up!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/wow-me-wednesday-6.html

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  69. I am so glad I found your post. This is a really cool project. My wash area is in my back bathroom and I could so use one of these to hang above the bathtub for those things that I want to hang dry. I love the color you chose to paint it!

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  70. Now following you.. I'd love for you to stop by and enter my giveaway.

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  71. This is pure genius! Absolutely fantastic! Thank you for sharing!!!!!

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  72. This is so cute! I love the idea of it.. it looks cute and it's functional! Love the color you painted it!

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  73. What a great idea!
    I'd love for you to link up at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

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  74. GENIUS!! I love love LOVE it!! I am on the hunt for an old ladder now!!!
    I would love it if you linked this up to my party so I could feature it!! LOVE!!!
    Have a great evening!
    Tasha
    PS~I am your newest follower! So excited to see all your other projects!

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  75. That is such a great idea! I LOVE it!

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  76. This is the coolest thing i have ever seen! I want one now!!

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  77. This is AMAZING! I now need a laundry room so I can have one too :-)

    Stopping by from the dotdotdot linky party!

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  78. This is so incredibly brilliant! I'll be sharing this in my Saturday Seven lineup this weekend!

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  79. I absolutely love this! It looks so great, and I love the colors!

    I would love to have you come do a special guest post about this project on Remodelaholic if you are interested please let me know! Thanks! Cassity

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  80. new follower from gnee's blog where she had your project posted. Love it! laura
    visiting from http://imnotatrophywife.com

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  81. Beautiful...functional...wow! Love this so much--and I have an old ladder that's been on my back porch for six months. Now I know what I'll do with it! :) Thanks for the wonderful idea!

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  82. Love Love Love! And jealous you even have a laundry room!


    Would love for you to share at Calling All Crafters, today!
    http://allthingsfee.blogspot.com/2011/04/calling-all-crafters-4th-edition.html

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  83. Thanks so much for linking up at Try it Tuesday! I am featuring this brilliant idea today so make sure to grab a button if you want!!
    Have a happy Monday!
    Tasha

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  84. I featured you on Toast of Tuesday!! Come grab a button!!

    http://polkadotsonparade.blogspot.com/2011/04/toast-of-tuesday_26.html

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  85. Cute! If it was strong enough, it could be used to hang pots in the kitchen, hang on the wall it could display towels or magazines, throw a string of lights or greenery around it just for fun.

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  86. Great project! I linked this to my ladders post too, it's a really good idea!!

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  87. I just found you through Stumble and can I just say this is brilliant. You had me at the 5 foot 11 inches, the 35 inch inseam, and the shrinking pants. I am 5 foot 10 and have a 35 inch inseam. I have shrunk more pants than I can count. So I can relate to the not drying clothes thing. And I love this idea. I have a small laundry room and this would work great!

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  88. This is adorable. It reminds me of the drying racks they have in much of Central America, but cuter.

    One thing they have though is a pulley system so you can lower the rack down and load the clothes on easily...it might be a way to improve this already great design.

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  89. LOVE this creative idea!!!!

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  90. This would be a great idea for a pot rack in the kitchen, too!!!!

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  91. *sigh* Still searching for a ladder of my very own... Nice job with it!

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  92. The best part of the project is finding a man to put it up for you....where does one get one of those?

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  93. Do you happen to know how long each section of chain is? LOVE this idea and I actually have an old ladder in my garage!!

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  94. I love this idea. It looks so good and it looks like it is easy!

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  95. What a good idea! Not sure I should be hanging things from my apartment ceiling but I'll file this away for when I live in a more permanent place. Thanks!

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  96. We did this over our Christmas break. Our pics are here:

    http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/408179_10150547882615071_586340070_11204544_299774440_n.jpg

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  97. I am in the process of making one of these and I was wondering...how did you paint the chains?

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  98. So clever! Just love it. Stopping by from Not Just A Housewife blog ...

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  99. Just an idea, but if you put your clothes on hangers 1st, then hang the hangers onto your ladder, they will dry more into shape and faster because they aren't so bunched up....plus you could fit lots more clothes on it! :)

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  100. I love this idea. My dryer seems to shrink alot of our clothes. I have to put up 3 drying racks that I put in 1 of the kids rm so I don't have to walk around them. I wish my laundry room was not the back entrance way so I could use it.

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  101. Fabulous project! I needed an idea like this for the hideous laundry room I am revamping, so thanks!!!

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  102. I found this post through stumble upon. Love the idea!

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  103. Where did you get the dirty clothes cat and basket?

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    1. I found the cart and basket at a local antique shop ....and just spray painted them up! :-)

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  104. I too would like to know where you found the cloths basket. Thanks!

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    1. I found it at a local antique/"junk" shop! .... painted it and LOVE it! :-)

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  105. I really like this Ideal. I am in the same boat when it comes to space. I just build a small latter for another project, I could do the same for this...I THINK I WILL!! Thanks for the inspiration..
    Charlene

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  106. LOVE this! {new follower :)} Lately I've been on a mission to track down the sources of some of my pins on pinterest that people have "uploaded themselves" or not sourced using google's reverse image search. Anyays - so glad to have found your blog {and I repinned this with YOU as the source, so hopefully people can change their info} Anyways I don't usually comment every time I find a source, but I really love your blog and just wanted you to know :)

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  107. i wear a 37 inch inseam jean...it's just long enough. Try going to evanity.com they have long sizes without the bigger price tag! I got my favorite pair for 20 bucks !!!!

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  108. I love the color you chose for the ladder! So cute! And great idea for the function!

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  109. Love, love, love this idea!! It is so creative, and such a space saver!!!!

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  110. Love this. I can't wait to find a ladder and do this in my laundry room.

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  111. That is such a great idea! It is reallllly cute.

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  112. I've same idea purposed to hang pots and pans. Love this idea and plan to use it in my kitchen =)

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  113. uh oh..something went wrong with my post..lol..should read " I've seen the same idea"...

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  114. Would make a pot rack!!

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  115. This is a great idea!!! it would work great in almost every room, I mean, lots of things can be hung up...I can't wait to try the same. I gotta find some thrift stores or something with some simple rung ladders like that. Great post! thanks for sharing!

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  116. I love the ladder racket ideas! The color is awesome and chic. Something like this would be perfect at my house away from my toddler.

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  117. Great idea!only thing I would do in addition...hang the clothes on hangers...once dry just pop in the closet!No folding Voila!

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  118. Just saw this on pinterest, and I was so excited to finally find the original source so that I could give you the credit! Fantastic idea. I hope I can adapt it to my hallway laundry room.

    If you get a chance, I'd love it if you visited me at OneCreativeMommy.com. I host a linky party every Fri-Wed. I'd love to see some more of your ideas.

    Good luck on your pregnancy!

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  119. Absolutely love this idea, going to use it in our laundry which is in the garage. Thank you for sharing with us. Jackie (NZ)

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  120. Hi Bec! This is a strange question...but would you be willing to make one for me, just like yours? I know you are probably not already selling these?
    Thanks!
    Crystal

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  121. Fabulous idea! Just wanted you to know I featured you with a link back at inspiringhomestyle

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  122. Way too cool! I have the ugly metal racks. I also have the always in the way wooden ones too! I also, usually have every hanging place full too. Also am tall too, and hate too short and ruined pants from dryer! Funny, but, I love ladders and old stuff and repurposing too. Awesome idea, thanks tons!

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