Have you ever seen a stool like this before?
My husband brought it home from his grandmother’s house one day. He carried the stool in with the proudest look on his face like he had discovered the Hope diamond and was delivering it to me on a silver platter.
He knows me well.
He knows I’d rather have a really good vintage find than all the fancy jewels on the planet.
And just when I thought I couldn’t love this stool anymore I discovered the amazing thing about this stool.
It’s kind of a transformer.
One day it’s a stool.
It turns into this.
It’s a stepladder.
Isn’t that the cutest?
There’s a built-in part that swivels on a dowel rod when you pull it down and two steps appear.
I have no idea how old the stool is, but it looks like someone hand-built it.
The wood is a little mismatched and it’s nailed together and the dowels look like someone drilled holes just for them.
And all those things?
They make it even cuter.
My husband told me that it used to be the extra seat that they pulled out when they played cards.
He and all his cousins would get together at his grandparent’s home for the holidays and they’d play spades and gin rummy and contract rummy and a zillion other card games gathered around his grandparent’s kitchen table with mismatched chairs and extra seating including this stool.
When he handed it to me, I could imagine him when he was perched on the top of this stool. His curly brown hair wet from fishing, feet barely able to touch the floor, brown eyes twinkling with anticipation and holding a hand of cards bigger than he was.
Watching and hoping that the Queen of Spades didn’t come his way.
I wanted to actually use the stool.
What is more practical than a stool and a ladder all in one? But the challenge? In practical news, the stool had most of its best years behind it. It’s rickety and a little off-center and precariously attached together.
Taking a step up this ladder is taking your life into your own hands.
So instead of using it, I was decorating with it.
I couldn’t get the idea out of my head at how much I needed to actually use something like this. I’m short and forever pulling up stepstools and chairs to climb on to reach things my arms are too short for.
So I searched online to see if I could find a stool that turns into a ladder and I FOUND THIS STOOL’S TWIN.
Are you ready for this stool version 2.0?
I see you.
And then back into a stepladder again.
It’s 24 inches wide and super sturdy and so cute and it was on sale for $10 off and I couldn’t resist.
You can see it here.
I photographed it in the living room, but I’m actually putting it in the kitchen right next to the hutch.
And there it will sit.
Ready to transform into a ladder for me when I can’t reach something.
But more importantly?
Ready for all that extra seating.
See we play cards here, too.
Spades and Gin Rummy and Speed and Hearts and Canasta.
The house is full of card players and we are adding new players around here all the time.
That stool and I will be ready.
PS If you are looking for a stool just like mine? You can find it here.
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