So, I’m a scarf fan. They’re pretty and they add a bit of panache to any outfit, if I do say so myself. Given my fandom of scarfs, it stands to reason that I have a few of them. Or quite a few of them. Seventeen of them, as I found out while doing this little project.
I was cleaning out/reorganizing my closet recently as I’m known to do when I feel in a style rut and after the redo, I was without a place for my scarf pile. After the proper fantasizing of one day having a huge closet in which I’ll never be want for storage, and will always sip champagne while getting dressed, I thought of a piece of ladder I had outside that could help solve my scarf problem.
The ladder is actually a leftover piece from a trash find that we used to display escort cards at our wedding. (Thank you neighbor 2 doors down for chucking it! She obviously wasn’t plugged into the blogosphere’s obsession with rustic chic.) Here’s the other half in a mock up we did pre-wedding:
It looked like maybe an apple picking ladder, but regardless, it was old and rustic and had that great patina that only genuinely weathered wood gets.
I brought that bad boy down to the newly organized basement (thanks to the husband working on it all day Saturday) so I could work where it was warm. Call me crazy, but I was not interested in working outside in 19 degree weather, even if it was sunny.
The ladder was missing a rung at the bottom and was too tall for the spot, so I measured it out and cut the bottom off using the trusty jig saw. (I didn’t wear eye protection, but you SHOULD. I totally forgot until after I was finished.)
Murphy’s oil soap and hot water came to the rescue in cleaning off the dirt and grime that had accumulated in the grain. I scrubbed and wiped until I thought it was good enough, brought it upstairs where it was brighter, and deemed it good and clean. After letting it dry, I went over it one more time with a dry cloth and brought her in the house.
My original plan was to hang it, but after realizing it would involve either a) finding studs or b) toggle bolts, I decided leaning against the wall was a-ok with me.
Unfortunately, after the first go, the ladder stood a little crooked, kind of like we
all did as teenagers with one knee bent and a foot turned 90 degrees from forward. (“Ugh, Mom, you’re, like, duh, so uh-NOYINGGG.”) Anyways, Mike came to the rescue and measured and marked evenly from the bottom-most rung using a square rule.
We hauled that thing back down to the basement and employed the miter saw to cut this time. (Didn’t realize this pic was blurry until it was too late. Bummer.)
Back upstairs, I leaned it against the wall:
Hung the scarves:
And turned it around!
Et voila! Ladder turned scarf rack. Getting them on and off is easy-peasy, and I love that I can see all of them. Look out, world, my accessorizing is about to be kicked up at least 10 notches.