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How to reFresh a Ladder

How to make a ladder shelf.

How to reFresh a Ladder

You can make an interesting display with an old ladder, I’ve seen them used in so many projects.  I was so excited when I spotted this one at a local store.  I knew I had to have it!  I knew I was was going to make a ladder shelf.  This is how I reFreshed a ladder.

For this project you’ll need:

1.  Wood ladder

2.  Salvaged boards

3.  Burlap

4.  Thumb tacks

5.  Scissors

How to reFresh a Ladder

These old boards were removed from a cabinet, they are not very pretty, but they are very sturdy.  Perfect for creating shelves.

How to reFresh a Ladder

I placed my board on the burlap to create the pattern for the rest of them.  I cut around leaving an inch of overhang.

How to reFresh a Ladder

After cutting all the burlap, I used thumb tacks to secure it to the boards.

How to reFresh a Ladder

The ladder has seen a lot of  jobs, the rungs are sturdy and show lots of character.  

How to reFresh a Ladder

I added a couple colorful banners.  I used cards stock, glue stick and string.  Really high tech stuff  🙂

How to reFresh a Ladder

You could use this anywhere.

Right now, we have our recycled wine bottle soy candles displayed on it.

This was one quick, quirky project.  You can create this in less than an hour.

How would you use your ladder shelf??

Sharing at:  Savvy Southern Style, Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Love this idea. Now if I can just find a wood ladder!

  2. Thank you for this great idea. I pinned this w/ hopes of one day buying a ladder. But, guess what? ! I was driving home from work and came upon a pile of trash on the side of the road and a ladder was just waiting for me to pick up! Yay! FREE! And, it wasn’t my usual way home, either. My street was blocked off due to maintenance so I drove around it. Treasure! So all I need now are some wood and burlap fabric. And, luckily I was alone ’cause my boyfriend would freak if I took home someone’s trash!

  3. I love your quick quirky project… it would be great in my shop!

  4. I just found a ladder like this today, so I was so glad you posted this so I make shelves for it. Awesome!

  5. Great looking shelf Debbie and I like how you are using it. I found one curbside at the beach…painted it white and added some white boards and plan on using it to display my block picture frames.


  6. Great idea! I think it would also look beautiful in a garden covered in potted flowers!
    Thank you for sharing!

  7. I just got an old ladder… I love this! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I’ve you this idea before but I love how you wrapped you “shelves” in burlap! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I’ve been looking for an old ***CHEAP*** (keyword cheap) ladder for a shelf! LOVE urs!

  10. I love this idea–several folks have these in their booths at the shop. I have one I use as a pot rack.

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