How To Decorate A Vintage French Farmhouse Ladder And Architectural Salvage Reveal

June 19, 2023

Today I'm sharing how to decorate a vintage farmhouse ladder -- it's definitely unique and has a totally French vibe to it so I'm excited to show you the end result. 

vintage pediment French wall basket dried hydrangeas

With a little creativity and some vintage finds you can totally transform a vintage ladder into a favorite piece of decor. 

white decor living room shag rug coffee table ladder

Over six years ago I revealed our newly renovated and decorated French farmhouse living room

vintage ladder Fench wall basket dried hydrangeas blanket

Among all the new-to-me (thrifted and vintage) decor used in the living room, my favorite was this vintage ladder I picked up for $30.00 at a flea market. My second favorite thing was this huge French country wall basket for $3.99 from Goodwill. 

While I've already written How To Style A Vintage Ladder With More Than Blankets, I wanted to share my most recent ladder decor showcasing how I updated its location and accessories. 

French living room white fireplace vintage ladder French plant stand

While the ladder has remained in the living room, I moved it to the other side of the room and added a new element that I think makes all the difference.

vintage pediment architectural salvage white paint distressed

I got this vintage pediment at a local barn sale and it was very inexpensive (always my modus operandi). A pediment is an architectural element usually found above a doorway or window.

back side of vintage resin pediment

bottom of vintage resin pediment

While the front looks to be made of carved wood, it's actually made out of some sort of resin, which I love because that makes it pretty lightweight, versus a heavier wood pediment. It also looks like it was definitely torn from something. I wonder what it was originally attached to?

detailed chippy shabby vintage white pediment

The chippy shabby element of it all is absolutely fabulous!

Huge fan of architectural salvage that I am, I'm always on the lookout for new ways to utilize architectural salvage pieces in my home. This pediment finally ended up hanging on my vintage ladder.

empty wooden farmhouse ladder

The empty ladder is just screaming for something to help decorate it.

vintage wooden ladder with white pediment hanging from top

My first addition to the ladder was the vintage pediment. It looks crooked here but I later fixed that problem:)

ladder with tea cup hooks on top rung

Hanging the pediment on the ladder was easy -- I just screwed two large vinyl cup hooks, one on each side, into the side rails near the top of the ladder.

white vinyl cup hook old wood ladder

Since the resin pediment is so lightweight, the hooks were more than strong enough to hold it. 

white vinyl cup hook screwed into wooden ladder

back side of French wall basket twine for hanging

Then I added the vintage French wall basket filled with hydrangeas which I hung from the ladder with twine on the back and a large "S" hook. 

silver "S" hook hanging from vintage ladder

"S" hooks come in really handy when hanging things from your vintage ladder.

back side of thrifted gothic arch wall art

I also had another architectural element I was dying to use -- this gothic arch had been sitting in my basement for years. I got it at Goodwill for $2.99. Here is the back side of it which gives you an idea of its original color. Lets just say I was not thrilled with the bland-y mustard color. 

white distressed painted gothic arch wall art

So I took matters into my own hands and dry brushed the mustard yellow gothic arch with white paint, totally transforming it.

details on gothic arch wall art

By dry brushing, I created a distressed effect which is just the look I was going for. 

vintatge French farmhouse ladder wall basket with hydrangeas

I then added the newly-painted, gothic arch to the bottom of the ladder vignette to create balance with the vintage pediment I had placed at the top of the ladder. I also hung one of my favorite throw blankets on the ladder as well to add some texture and softness to the display.
large French wall basket hanging dried hydrangeas

This French wall basket will always be a favorite. And with all of our many hydrangea bushes I know I won't be at a loss for dried flowers to fill it. 

wall basket flowers mantel chinoiserie ginger jars gold mirror

large hanging basket dried flowers faux boxwood topiary

French wire plant stand vintage books faux boxwood ball chinoiserie cache pot

I resurrected a rusty, chippy French iron plant stand to serve as a place to display some of my chinoiserie pieces (filled with thrifted boxwood topiaries) as well as vintage books and a wooden bead garland with a hanging cross attached. 

I placed my recent vintage pastoral painting in front of the plant stand for contrast. 

large chinoiserie cache pot faux boxwood

This chinoiserie cache pot was found at a local vintage shop.

faux boxwood topiary in French wire plant stand blue wooden rosary ginger jar

While this ginger jar was picked up at a barn sale.

old blue books wood bead garland crucifix

One of the vintage books is a leather-bound copy of Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer

collection of chinoiserie ginger jars and cache pots on mantel

The two ginger jars on the left are from Old Time Pottery and the three other pieces are from estate sales and Goodwill.

chinoiserie cache pots filled with moss balls and faux plants

I love filling my smaller chinoiserie cache pots with moss balls and faux plants.

three lidded blue and white chinoiserie ginger jars

vintatge French farmhouse ladder wall basket with hydrangeas

I feel like the room has come a long way since my French farmhouse living room reveal of six years ago. And I think the vintage architectural salvage played a pivotal role in that. At least in this "ladder corner" as I like to call it. I'm super happy I chose to paint the two pediments and add them to the French farmhouse ladder vignette. 

What do you think? Would you ever hang one on a vintage ladder? 

Well, that's it for today, friends! 
I hope you've enjoyed reading about 
How To Decorate A Vintage French 
Farmhouse Ladder 
And Architectural Salvage Reveal 
and that I've inspired you in some way.  

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Junkchiccottage said...

Looks awesome Kathleen. I love the basket with dried hydrangeas too. The blue and white added is so pretty. Have a great week. Hugs. Kris

Anonymous said...

I envy you your ladder. My daughter has one mounted sideways on her living room wall and was going to put family pictures (8x10's) in the center holes. I wish I had an empty space to put one; I love throws and quilts displayed on them. I live architectual salvage stuff, too, but haven't come across much stuff reasonably priced; I do keep my eyes out, though! Kathy A

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