Old Wooden Ladder Transformed Into a Country Chic Shelf

My husband and I started with an old ladder we found at the antique store for $8
As with all our DIYs, it collected dust for a few months till we figured out how to repurpose it on a dime.
We did our best to make the ladder level (which we latter learned couldn't be done, so we added adtional wood in areas under each shelf to make them level)
We measured cheap wood and cut to the sizes according to the length we needed.
Nearly done with the woodwork
I gave the ladder a fresh coat of paint...
and did a black stain on the wood parts of each shelf and white washed the ladder.
I'll need to rearrange my trinkets... But overall, it's such a great addition to our eccentric country home!

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3 questions
  • Barbara Kraemer
    Barbara Kraemer
    on Nov 11, 2016

    what are the length of the shelves

  • User
    on Aug 22, 2017

    Making a couple for my son's wedding as displays. Have been working and searching for hours on how to remove/move steps to make the sides level. From your blog it seems that isn't possible?
  • Mary F Burnett
    Mary F Burnett
    on Aug 20, 2018

    How long and how wide did you cut it shelf

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  • Karalee Gross
    Karalee Gross
    on Sep 10, 2015

    A safety though, in case someone has children, or in my case furry children....attaching the boards to the ladder might be a good idea. I know my cats would have to check it out. =) <><

  • Susan
    on Sep 12, 2015

    Such a cute idea!

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