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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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  • Casey

    I love this, it looks great!

  • Angie

    Marci I love the idea as well! :)

  • Jessica

    oooh … Marci, what a fabulous idea! You could even hang pictures off of it of you and whichever guest that is staying there (so that they’ll feel uber-welcomed) and then change them out when different guests stay there. I think that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Great idea!

  • tisha

    Oh I LOVE this!!!! What a fantastic idea!! :-)

  • Marci@OvercomingBusy

    What a fabulous idea! I know my dad has at least 2 old ladders in his barn that I could swipe and he’d never know it! Now, where to put it….. It might be nice in the guest room for the holidays. I could hang magazines on the rungs and clip little treats on the wire. Or maybe postcard pics of the area.

  • paige stevens

    How awesome! Im gonna keep my eye out for one to hold all my photo magazines on in my studio!

  • andrea

    This is a fantastic idea…now to find a great ladder!

  • Angie

    Oh now this is something I’ve not seen and I absolutely LOVE it! Go you being so creative :) (and the little chalk shout out to TCM isn’t too shabby!)

  • Launa

    CUTE!! I love it!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • Tammy

    Oh, how I LOVE this! Did I say I Love this? Love it! I hope I come across an old ladder very soon. I’m going to be stalking my local thrift stores now. =0) Thanks for the idea!

  • thea

    Jessica- simply fantastic! Now, I \"need\" to go find me an old ladder. Do you think my neighbor would mind if I took hers…out of her garage? …LOL! Just kidding…I think…

  • Emily

    That is awesome!! So cute!

  • marsha mifsud

    I love it!!! so creative and adorable! thank for sharing!