I’ve said it before I’m sure, but repurposing projects really are my favorite, especially repurposing projects that make farmhouse styled items. I’ve found a collection of wonderful ways for you to repurpose old ladders that will bring a bit of farmhouse style into your home or garden. If you have an old wooden ladder, you’re halfway there. If you don’t, you can get broken down old ladders at junk stores and flea markets all day long and they won’t cost you much at all.
Farmhouse style is my favorite. It’s just so welcoming and warm and all of these projects are sure to give you rustic pieces that you will be proud to display. From bookshelves and chandeliers to porch decor and even a great pot rack for the kitchen, there are so many ways to repurpose wooden ladders into great decor. Plus, those old wooden ladders instantly give you a rustic country feel so you can get great farmhouse style from any project on this list. If you really love farmhouse decor, you have to check out these 55 farmhouse furniture and décor projects.
If you really love the rustic look, you’re going to adore these projects. Who knew you could do so many things with an old ladder? Honestly, that’s something that I would have thought was useless once broken, especially if the steps or rungs were missing, but you don’t have to throw that ladder out. you can make wonderful things with it that will instantly decorate your home or make a wonderful gift for someone special. If you love rustic décor, you are sure to find a way in this list to repurpose that old ladder. Also, if you really love rustic décor, be sure to grab a few ideas from these 40 rustic home ideas you can build yourself.
I’m so excited to show you these projects. I can’t wait to hear which ones you try. All of them are really easy and give you something that you need whether it’s organization, décor, or just extra storage space. If you’re into repurposing and want some wonderfully unique items to give your home farmhouse charm, this is definitely the collection for you.
1. Corner Bookshelf
You can take a double ladder and separate it, turning it into two wonderful bookshelves. If you don’t have a double ladder, just take two smaller ladders and you’ll get the same effect. This is a great rustic looking bookshelf that is as useful as it is decorative and the sides are the perfect width for holding those books in place.
2. DIY Rustic Bed Canopy
That old wooden ladder would make a wonderful bed canopy. Just add sheer curtains and you’ve got a beautiful, not to mention rustic, canopy. This is such an easy project. You just have to clean up, paint if you want, and then hang your ladder on the ceiling and use it to hook your sheers.
3. Pottery Barn Inspired Bathroom Storage Shelf
I love everything about Pottery Barn – except for the price, that is. If you’re looking to add a great Pottery Barn look and feel to the bathroom, this ladder storage shelf is perfect. You can get basically the same thing at Pottery Barn, but it will cost you quite a bit. DIY it instead and give your bathroom this wonderful storage that has such a lovely farmhouse appeal.
4. Gorgeous Rustic Birdhouse Stand
Turn that old wooden ladder into a display stand for your birdhouses. Not only will your birds thank you for their new little community, this is a beautiful way to dress up your yard. Just add your birdhouses to each step on the ladder and you’ll have your own little town of birds hanging out all summer long.
5. DIY Farmhouse Chandelier
Imagine a gorgeous farmhouse chandelier hanging right over the dining room table! That’s what you get when you use an old wooden ladder and some rustic light fixtures. This makes a gorgeous chandelier and one that will perfectly fit in with your farmhouse décor. It’s not a terribly difficult project either, although you will need to have a few power tools on hand.
6. Festive Country Christmas Décor
When it comes to a country Christmas, the more décor the better – that’s what makes this ladder shelf idea so great. You can turn an ordinary stepladder, or even a full sized ladder if you have room, into a wonderfully festive display for your Christmas village or any holiday knick knacks. Add some faux snow and clear Christmas lights and you’ve got yourself a beautiful display for the holidays.
7. Rustic Floating Picture Frame
One rung of an old wooden ladder can be used to create these lovely floating picture frames. This would be a relatively easy DIY project to pull off, although I found this one on Etsy. If you prefer to have the farmhouse look without the work, you can pick this one up for about $50. It has a lovely picture inside and the ladder is splattered with paint for a really authentic look.
8. DIY Ladder Christmas Tree
This is a wonderful idea if you’re looking for something a bit less traditional than your ordinary Christmas tree. Instead of digging out the old evergreen, just turn an old wooden ladder into your ornament station. You can hang lights and ornaments from the rungs and even use the steps to display cards and other decorations. Add some pinecones and maybe some burlap and you’ve got a wonderfully rustic tree.
9. Next Day Clothes Organizer
Do you lay out your clothes for tomorrow? A lot of us do and instead of piling those clothes up on the dresser, imagine having this great little white ladder alongside the wall to hang them on. I love this idea for the organization and for the décor. It blends perfectly with bedroom furnishings and it’s such a cute idea.
10. DIY Ladder Craft Supply Organizer
Turn that small step ladder into some amazing storage space. You could do this with a larger ladder as well if you have the floor room for it, or hang it on the wall. The steps and rungs give you plenty of space to create craft supply storage. You could even open the ladder up and add baskets for your supplies.
11. Leaning Ladder Entertainment Center
Two ladders on the ends of a dresser or TV stand make a wonderful entertainment center. Just stain, paint, or otherwise color your stand and your ladders the same to make it all match. The ladders can store DVDs, CDs or video games as well as books, knick knacks and so many other things. This is a great – not to mention easy – way to bring a little farmhouse charm into the living room.
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12. Rustic Garden Plant Holder
Sometimes the simplest things make the most impact. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate a rustic ladder into your décor, why not just sit it in the garden and use it to display your plants. The steps give you plenty of room for potted plants and you can add hangers or just let your vines travel up the ladder.
13. DIY Rustic Headboard
An old ladder will certainly bring a bit of farmhouse style into your bedroom, especially if you use it as the headboard. Just turn the ladder on its side and secure it to the wall. Then, you can fill in the spaces with trinkets if they’re wide enough or place small framed pictures inside each one. You could even use both sides of the ladder and put one on top of the other.
14. DIY Herb Drying Rack
Really put that old ladder to good use by turning into the perfect herb drying rack. You can use any sized ladder for this, depending on how many herbs you have to dry. Just turn them up and secure the ends and then hang upside down from your old ladder.
15. Creative Kids’ Bookshelves
Put a back on the ladder between the steps and you can make this adorable little bookshelf for your kids’ rooms. You can use one side of the ladder to create each bookshelf and then stand them up against the wall or hang them from the wall. You could also leave the ladder intact and just stand it up with a bookshelf on each side.
16. Quick And Easy Kitchen Shelving
An old ladder is a great way to add shelving to your kitchen that is useful and gives your kitchen a great farmhouse look. Just stand up the ladder and run boards through the steps to create the shelf. If you have room, this is a wonderful addition to your country kitchen and gives you loads of room for plates, cups, or other dishes.
17. Wood And Glass Ladder Table
This amazing industrial table is on Etsy for $395 but I had to include it here – it’s just so unique and amazing. It’s an old painter’s ladder that is repurposed into a table and it has a glass top. The entire look is so great and although it is a bit more industrial than farmhouse with regards to style and décor, it would still be a lovely addition to any room.
18. DIY Magazine Rack
lace – you will always know what page you were on. This is a great way to keep magazines organized, particularity if you get a few home and garden magazines in the mail every month.
19. DIY Kitchen Linen Rack
Store and display your tea and kitchen towels on that old ladder. If you have the room for it, a wooden stepladder is perfect for adding a bit of rustic charm to the kitchen and storing your towels, keeping them within each reach. I love this idea to add decor to the room and to give you somewhere to hang those towels aside from the oven handle.
20. Ladder Laundry Basket Storage
An old wooden ladder, some S hooks and a few laundry baskets give you the perfect laundry room addition. You can repurpose an old ladder into this wonderful storage hanger for those baskets to keep them off the floor and out of the way when they are not in use. It hangs from the ceiling so it won’t take up needed floor space.