Using ladders as decor: I have two, but should I paint them?

Blog PhotoBecause our house is so small, I have to be really choosy when it comes to free items left on the curb. Usually picking things off the curb is an impulsive decision and results in junk we have to get rid of later.

This morning, though, on my early-morning walk with the dog, I noticed a pile of items with a "free" sign, including two short primitive-looking ladders.

I instantly thought, "living room," (we have bare walls now) but couldn't do much with the idea while I was on foot. I checked in with Rob, who said, "Hmm, that might be cool" and then googled "decorating with ladders."

I'd been planning to swing back by the ladders on my way to work, figuring it would be OK if they'd already been picked up. But once I saw the amazingly cute things  you can do with ladders in your home, I grabbed the dog (he's always up for an adventure) and my keys and away we went.

I was glad to see the ladders were still there - I think I would have been disappointed if someone got them first. (By the way, if the former owner is reading this - thank you!)

(Side note: I have a very vanilla, practical car. But the feature that allows the back seats to fold over, allowing you to slide long things from the trunk into the back seat, is very handy in situations like this.)

Blog PhotoI got the ladders home and started sizing them up. They're actually one ladder, cut in half. I wonder if their former owner had the same idea for using them in decor?

I like that they're all wood, sort of splintery and primitive. However, it looks like they saw a lot of service under hunter green paint. It is not my favorite color, so I need your advice.

I'm thinking I might paint them - I could do an all-over glossy black, or a dry-brush technique with white paint. I just don't know what will be best. The walls are gray, the couch is red and accessories in the room are black and white. (I swear, it doesn't feel like the '80s!)

If anyone has an opinion, let me know - you readers seem to have excellent advice on topics like these.

And, while I'm considering what to do, here are some cute ways people have decorated with ladders.
 

Source: weheartit.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: decoratingaddict.blogspot.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: little-ladders.com via Meg on Pinterest

 

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