Making Use of Old Ladders

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Whether you have an old ladder sitting in the garage or you just came across a rusty old wooden one at a fabulous yard sale, ladders can be a fun way to add a rustic, earthy or vintage vibe to your home. Not only that, but there is a great up-cycle opportunity for you when you are keeping the ladder out of the landfill!

I have seen so many great uses for old ladders that it is hard to keep track of. My mother is a great fan of them – she probably has half a dozen of them through the house. She keeps her quilts hanging for show in one of them and switches them out seasonally, another for knick knacks in the living room, another in the garden. They are great because you can let them get the rustic old wood look, white wash them or do a vintage bright color that suits your home decor.

Here are some of my favorite ideas:

What a great way to display your book collection! This is practical in so many ways – I love that it is cheap and it keeps the bottom of the wall open for other storage opportunities. Find the tutorial by clicking the image link above.



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If you are looking for a great way to add some color and detail to your garden, this is a great way to do so. I am not a fan of geraniums myself, but I could see this looking really cute with a different herb on each step of the ladder. You could even paint the name of the herb on the side, or put a nail in the side and hang a little name tag on it if you want to switch it up every so often.


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If your kitchen is small like mine, you know that pots and pans are just a huge storage space killer. They take up multiple cupboards and are really just a hassle to organize! This idea not only adds a bit of whimsy to your kitchen, but is very, very practical. If you have low ceilings, I have also seen something similar done just resting the ladder up against the wall with the pots hanging down the ladder. Either way, this idea is sure to free up some cupboard space!



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Ok, well technically this is not an old and rustic ladder, but I love the idea of organizing all the bath towels and soaps on this Pottery Barn storage ladder. Again, this is a serious space saver if your bathroom is large enough to handle this because it keeps the linen closet free of all these towels! My guest bathroom is not quite big enough for this, but it makes me think about hanging a short ladder horizontally on the wall and attaching little hanging baskets for towels and soaps.


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