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    Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house?

    Lettered_Cottage_Reading_Room_ladder

    And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back?

    Wire_Bike_Basket_Lettered_Cottage

    Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little chunk of wall behind the half bathroom door here in our new house, so I thought I’d pair the two of them up to create some kind of cottage-style, DIY magazine/towel holder.

    I grabbed some Catalina Mist-colored spray paint and some jute-looking trim (Jo-Ann’s Fabrics) from the closet behind my desk…

    Krylon_Catalina_Mist_Jute_Trim_Bicycle_Bike_Basket

    …and pulled everything out onto the front porch to see if I could make something out of stuff I already had on hand.

    The metal basket was actually coated in some kind of rubber-y substance, so it took about four coats of Catalina Mist to completely cover it, but once it was totally dry, I just threaded the trim through the slots on the back side of the basket, and then hammered a couple of upholstery tacks through it (on the back side of the ladder rung) to hold it in place.

    Bicycle_Bike_Basket_Orchard_Wooden_Ladder_Catalina_Mist_Lettered_Cottage

    I used some Tacky Glue (that dries clear) on the end of each piece of trim to keep it from unraveling.

    Lettered_Cottage_Half_Bath_Birds_Ladder_Basket

    We’re going to secure the ladder to the wall this weekend, and then we’re looking forward to shooting and blogging about the whole finished room as soon as we’ve got the mirror and accessories in place. We’ve really enjoyed dreaming up ideas for this itty-bitty space, and I look forward to sharing the end results with you very soon!

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