Repurposed Leaning Ladder!

One of my favorite garage sale finds is old ladders.  I have transformed many of them into different storage shelves.  I love how my latest repurposed leaning ladders turned out.  


This is simply an easily modified project using a few tools.   This post contains some affiliate links. Click here for my full disclosure policy.  


The more paint splatters on the ladder the better they are.  People usually sell the old wooden ones at garage sales very cheap because they are usually rickety and unsafe to use as a ladder.  


I used my Ryobi jigsaw to cut off the back of the ladder support.  You can also use a hand saw if you don’t have a power tool.  The power tool just makes my life so much easier!  


Simple and quick and it becomes a leaning ladder shelf.  I usually will dry brush on white paint or splatter on some more paint on the ladder and seal with a dark wax to bring out the wood tones of the ladder.  


I use plastic cable  clamps to hold the wire shelves in place.  I purchased the baskets at Michaels but could not find them online.  You can also find them at World Market with a cream liner instead of the burlap.  


These clamps work perfectly for giving added support to the wire baskets.  


These ladders can be used in any area of your home for storage or just for decorating.  


Look at all that natural paint splatter! 


I also made this repurposed leaning ladder earlier this year using a wooden rung ladder.  No having to cut off the back support.  I found this one as is already cut to the perfect size.  


Now the next time you see an old wood ladder at a garage sale, I hope you buy it and make great use out of it!   

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18 Responses to Repurposed Leaning Ladder!

  1. What a great idea! I would love to use it in a “future” post I have planned for repurposing ladders! I can see that in so many rooms–the bathroom, the kitchen, the office, craft room! even outside with plants. awesome idea!

  2. I could use one of these in my bathroom – love this idea! I’ll have to keep my eyes open for just the right paint-splattered ladder! Pinned!

  3. I can think of so many places that this project could be used in my home. Now I’m going to be on the lookout for a ladder!

  4. DeDe, first I have to comment on the new look of your blog – very pretty! I’ve been wanting an old wooden ladder for a couple of years and sadly there was one left by my Uncle (the previous owners) that once belonged to my grandfather, paint splatters and all, and we got rid of it (what were we thinking). I love how you’ve hung metal baskets on the rungs. Once I find another ladder, I will be referring back to your post for reference. Pinning and sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Marie, Thanks so much for the compliments on the blog design. Yes, why on earth would you get rid of that old ladder, kicking yourself now! You can find them at garages sales for pretty cheap, good luck!

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