Upcycled/ Repurposed Ladder | Bathroom Shelf DIY

Upcycled Ladder | Bathroom organization DIY
If you are anything like me, than you are likely on a budget. Times are tough for many of us, and going out and buying new and expensive shelving and storage units aren't always an option. So what do we need to do to give ourselves the space we need for storage without going over our budget?! We need to open our eyes to seeing items we already have (or can find for low cost at a thrift/antique store) in a whole new way. We need to upcycle something old into something new that will work for us- most of the time, using an item for a purpose it was not intended for – like this ladder I hung up and turned into a bathroom storage unit for my skinny upstairs bathroom.
The idea for this project started brewing early last week, when I found an old red license plate out in our barn. I brought it into the house knowing I wanted to create something with it. A little bit later the same day I was cleaning my bathroom, and bothered by the fact we never have anywhere to set our little items or hang towels because of the skinny narrow shape of our bathroom.
Then.... I thought of the idea to turn the ladder on its side, and add some hooks so it will double as a shelf for small items, and as a place to hang a few towels for guests when they step out of the shower.
Here is the ladder before:
I simply nailed in two small finishing nails to attach the license plate to the ladder to give it some added character:
Next I attached two oil rubbed bronze Dragonfly hooks I purchased at Target a few years ago and found again in my project supply room today:
Final step was to hang the ladder on the wall and use!
As I had mentioned above, this is a great solution for storing smaller items like tp, lotions, makeup, and hanging towels, when you don't have a large vanity cupboard and a floor storage unit isn't an option. The bathroom ladder doesn't take up much space and doesn't cost a ton of money!
Need or want something new in your bathroom or home?! Take a look around your own home first, looking at everything with a new set of eyes and think 'how can I use this differently?!'
Thanks for reading,

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Cheryl
    on Aug 14, 2017

    I have an old ladder that is dirty and rough From being left out in the elements for many years. How can I clean it up and make it less rough without too much sanding?
  • Barbara Dooley
    on Feb 11, 2018

    Would it be possible to cut a rung and remove enough so that it could be used as a spindle for the extra toilet paper rolls?
  • Deborah Dee
    on Mar 25, 2019

    What did you use to hang it?

    • Anchored Way Trading Co.
      on Apr 10, 2019

      Hi Deborah! I used two picture frame mounting brackets , attached them to the back and then put screws into the wall and hung it that way. You could always drill all the way through the ladder and into the wall directly too if you had long enough screws.

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2 of 18 comments
  • La Habra Fence Company
    on Jan 10, 2017

    What a nice idea for converting a ladder to a shelf of the bathroom! You can also use old fences for making a shelf.

  • Lovesunique
    on Aug 21, 2017

    Adding the dragonfly hooks was a great idea. I bought some at Lowe's for my bathroom. Ladder into shelf/towel holder. Love it!
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