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An Old Ladder Made Useful | DIY – Recycled

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from the last year. Originally published November 18, 2009.


I was romping around an antique store not too long ago, looking for some vintage-y fabric to use for an upcoming photo shoot. I spotted this old ladder made useful and just knew I had to have it. For less than $30 it was mine. Although I am thrilled that I was able to score such a cool element for my house the beauty of it is that it can easily be copied.  All you need is an old ladder, chalkboard, a bit of chicken wire and fabric.


chicken wire with fabric stapled behind. a few clothespins makes it a photo holder!


the chalkboard portion perfectly squeezes and stays between edges. the chicken wire and fabric is secured using a staple gun.


This could be used in a bathroom with a few hand towels thrown over and the chalkboard used as a place to leave morning notes for your family. It could also be used in an office as storage for reminders and magazines that inspire. Or what about a baby’s room with blankets, updated photos and again a place to leave sweet notes. The options are endless!

What are some other creative things to do with an old ladder? I’d love to hear!

p.s. if any of you decided to make one of your own, please email me. We’d love to see it! []

About Jessica

Jessica is a full-time lifestyle photographer mainly focusing on families and children. In her free time she loves a good memoir, is a sucker for reality TV, loves DIY projects and is addicted to traveling the world. Find her at 503 Photography and browse through her blog to get a peek into the girl behind the lens!

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  • Guest

    This is AWESOME!!! Such a cool idea!

  • Emily

    I just picked up an old ladder a few weeks ago when out on an evening stroll, I can’t wait to turn it into to something beautiful for my studio!

  • Taylor
  • stacey

    I use an old red ladder to hang my daughter’s coats on. It’s propped up on the wall in the corner of her room. She has a thousand jackets/coats!

  • Stephanie@Geezees

    WOW! I love this so much, what a very useful idea!

  • Brittney Leigh

    OOooo! How creative! I like that idea. My use for an old smallish ladder I found in a pit of brush-destined-to-be-burned is turning it into a quilt rack. Leaned up against the corner in my bedroom, it holds up to 3 (handmade, naturally :)) quilts (or more if they\’re small and I layer them). I love the look of it. Your idea is so original. I love it.

  • Leslie Houx

    I LOVE it! I have an old wood ladder sitting right outside our house….I can’t wait to have fun with it! Thanks for such a great idea!

  • julia

    wow. i love that! awesome idea!! would love to have one in my craft room!!