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January 3rd, 2009 in member junk     
junkermidge junkermidge, member
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5 ladder sections with rungs at same heights, connected, and boards added for seats.
Seats face in opposite directions.
View from the side.
5 ladder sections with rungs at same heights, connected, and boards added for seats.

5 ladder sections with rungs at same heights, connected, and boards added for seats.

I think this is my favorite of all my projects.  I don't know why (and my husband certainly doesn't agree).  It's just fun.  It's a gossip bench constructed from old ladder sections.  Two people occupy it, but the seats face in opposite directions. Originally I tried making one with 2 chairs facing the opposite directions.  That went nowhere fast and decided I neeeded something very straight and square and came upon the idea of the ladders. 

It would look great sitting outside in a garden area or near the front door, but it could also work indoors.  Some people have also referred to it as a "make-up" bench, the idea being an angry couple sitting on the bench at first face away from each other but eventually make-up.  Either way, it's just fun! 


Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, wood, cottage, furniture, country, whimsical, garden, fun, outdoor spaces, porch, farm, entry, sunroom

Comments (14)

atlanticdecor writes: Neat idea!!!! I have never been able to come up with anything to do with ladders. Posted: 7:25 pm on March 14th
KingChase writes: In my home state of Texas I think they call this a courting bench. Wow, this is beautifully creative. Thanks for sharing. I can't wait to try something similar. Posted: 1:28 pm on January 20th
missartgurl writes: WOW this is SO cool. What a great design. I can see your design being coveted by the "cottage" industry! I just might try it myself with a couple of barkcloth seat cushions! Posted: 5:26 am on January 16th
shabbychick writes: Midge, sometimes a piece just kind of comes together, doesn't it??? And you did it - how cool!

Ladders can be made into so many different things - yours is very unique - wonderful job!

Thanks, Kathy

P.S. Tell your husband, he's been outvoted! :)

Posted: 2:08 pm on January 7th
FunktionalJunk writes: I can see why this is one of your favorite projects! This is so ingenious! I love it! And love the paint color, too!

Leah Posted: 12:56 am on January 5th
fellowjunker writes: So very inventive Midge..............beautiful job. I also love the colour.
xojanis Posted: 8:33 pm on January 4th
AtticusFinch writes: Very cute, I've not heard of them as "gossip" benches. I suppose the more cushy ones are the "courting" benches. Posted: 10:53 am on January 4th
Tuttibelle writes: Very cute and great color. Posted: 8:54 pm on January 3rd
kopykatkim writes: Love this!!!! And to think it is made from ladders, now don't we all have a few of them around? Love the fact that it could have many uses. I like the idea of a make-up bench. WAY TO GO!

Kim Posted: 8:11 pm on January 3rd
LuAnn writes: WOW--what a great piece. Love the color too. This would fit right in my front room!!

LuAnn Posted: 6:04 pm on January 3rd

:-) JennyK Posted: 6:02 pm on January 3rd
StrangeCargo writes: Fascinating creation and a great conversation piece! I especially like the function of it being chairs of a different kind. Thanks! Posted: 4:50 pm on January 3rd
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Oh, this is just too cool! You outdid yourself with this one jm! It definitely is a gossip bench however I could also see it in my girls' playroom as funky seating. Unfortunately they'd probably climb all over it like a jungle gym though. ;)

Nice plan with the ladders. You're just too creative, lady!

Candy Posted: 4:06 pm on January 3rd
fauxwoman writes: I never cease to be amazed at creativity - how did you ever think of this project! Posted: 3:47 pm on January 3rd
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