I started by giving each ladder a couple coats of paint.
Next up, coloring the back of the image with a lead pencil (super fancy!!)
Once the ladders had dried (with a little help from a blow dryer), I took a little fine grit sanding paper just to "rough" them up a bit. They will end up getting knocked around when I travel with them from show to show, so why not help them along....it adds character!
And just about 3 hours later, 2 new pieces for the shop. The best part is that they work so well for displaying other items.
Happy treasure hunting today!