How to Repurpose a Large Ladder

Ask and you shall receive, that works a lot in my junk world. 

Just the other day I wished I had an old ladder and poof! 

A ladder showed up on the side of the road on my way to work.

Problem was that in my excitement to pick it up and put it in my car I didn't realize just how big and heavy this ladder was.

So there I was, after making a U turn in the middle of the road, trying to jam this huge old ladder into the back of my Hyundai with a dress on!

I finally got the ladder into the car, it went all the way through the car and onto the dashboard.

Now I showed up at work with a ladder on my dashboard and my trunk open because it was hanging out of the back.


Ok, so anyway, I got the ladder home and tried to take the thing apart, easy right? 


The ladder is riveted together, and rivets DON'T come apart!

So I ended up having to cut it apart with the jigsaw.

I had an idea for almost every piece!

I used the top to decorate the garden...

And the steps on the other side of the yard...

and then I brought the piece with the round rungs into the house.

This one is hung over my husband's dresser.
(You don't mind honey do you?) 

Now I have this one piece left over... and yes, that is the part with the rivets.

I've got my eye on that last rung...
Tune in on Monday to see where it turns up!

Check out part 2 and see what I did with the last rung!

All-in-all it was well worth the trouble!

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  1. I've just recently found your blog, added you to my "list", and have been so impressed ever since! You have some serious talent, and a vision that I really love. Have a great day!

  2. Adorable.....the ladder and your story. I really enjoyed reading about your adventure. I love teacher too. My sister teaches 4th grade.:)

  3. Very cute. I love creative people like you. I cannot look at an item and imagine it as something else. New follower here from Boost My Blog. I hope you will follow me back I can be found in facebook too and twitter @DeniseLillaRose If you like/follow me there I will do the same for you. When you stop by my blog, please check out my kind of fashion (hair jewelry).

  4. Wow, Susan, you certainly got your monies worth out of that ladder! And it was free, so you've got bonuses all the way along here! I love it in the garden. I'd have liked to have seen you getting it in the back of your car with a dress on! : )

  5. Hi Susan,
    Great ideas for the ladder. When I saw the first picture I thought "how is she going to use that big ladder"....silly, silly me!! Cut it up and you now have lots of cool little ladders! Very smart!
    And I'm sure your school didn't mind seeing your car with an 8 ft. ladder stuffed inside :)
    Have a great weekend.

  6. So creative. I would never have thought of how to use it. Love all your ideas. Hugs, Marty

  7. I am always amazed at things I am looking for that just seem to appear and at such bargains. I think that's the great thing about Cottage Decor, our accessories are so easy to find, and purchase or get for free in your case. A job well done, I loved that you used it in different pieces, very cool.

  8. I could just picture you trying to get that ladder in your vehicle and then seeing sit at school with your trunk open. Made me smile!

    Love what you did with it!
    Have a great weekend.

  9. So envious of your fantastic ability to see beyond the item, into the creative world. Love it! You did a fantastic job, and I can see that handle ....for a tool box. Anyway, great job! Love the visual of you driving down the road!

  10. That is what I call recycling. Great job.

  11. great job re your story about putting it in your car... been there done that.

  12. Oh My! Too Funny! I can just picture you with a ladder hanging out from the back of your car. LOL! I Love it! You make my day with all your posts and your creative ideas. I would've never thought you could do so much with a ladder!
    Have a wondeful weekend!

  13. I love what you did with the large ladder!! Great idea to turn it into several small ones!!

  14. I cannot get the "visual" out of my head! LOL
    Been there, done that and that is WHY my hubby got a truck. For HIS finds!!! And believe me, there have been PLENTY! Can't wait to see what've you've done now!!!

  15. Love reading about how you brought the ladder home - as an avid yard saler, I so related to your dilemma but the thrifty in us *will* make it happen, right?!?! Thanks for sharing, I'm following your blog. Look forward to reading more.

  16. I love how you used the whole ladder!! I could visually imagine you driving with the ladder hanging out the back of your car!! Amazing what we will do to decorate, isn't it? Well done!

  17. Wow! You more than got your money's worth. What a great find and you sure put it to use well. You just help prove my therory that there are a LOT of crafty Sue's out there.

    I'm a new follower.

  18. Too funny! The crazy things we do for our roadside finds!

    I showed up at work half an hour late one morning, because there were window panes in someone's trashpile. I just couldn't let them go to the dump.


  19. awesome this is right up my alley! I am a new follower from the dittle dattle hop...hope you will pop over soon! I do furniture/decorating etc and I garden!

  20. I certainly believe in the Laws Of Attraction. My most profound testimony of one was wishing I had an antique cast iron claw footed Tub. We'd looked for some & even the reproductions were out of our budget range. So I decided to meditate upon one and set the Law Of Attraction in motion... The Man was skeptical, but lo and behold a few days later while he's bouncing down a washboard dirt road out in the middle of the Desert, close to nowhere, what sits right up ahead IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD... but MY Tub... not a bullet hole in it (rare in the Desert that old things don't become target practice)... well, he was alone and practically killed himself lugging it into his truck solo... now he doesn't scoff at my belief in this mysterious Law of the Universe...
    And when he came home that Night and told me I wouldn't believe what he'd just found... I just knew and said, "My Tub!" *Smiles* Faith IS the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  21. nice garden. This gives me real time inspiration to implement something very precious in the garden of my house.

  22. Happy Tuesday!

    Lovely project~ a true metamorphosis.

    If you get a chance, please stop by my blog and enter the giveaway.

  23. Fab repurposing of an old unwanted ladder! I giggled at your story of how you came by it!

  24. HEADS UP! You link to this post, not the one about the tool box!!! You might want to adjust that one over at Primitive and Proper!!!

  25. love it on the wall with the wreath! it looks awesome!

  26. Great Idea. I love decorating with ladders the possibilities are endless! So happy you found one.

  27. Found you through POWW! I am looking for an old ladder too! You can't beat free. I have made u turns and slammed on the breaks for roadside finds as well!

  28. hahah! This is great. I love "junk" :P


    *new follower :)

  29. Great repurpose! :)
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!

  30. Kudos to you, girl - for using that ladder in so many ways! :) What did hubby say about his new ladder....? lol!

    xoxo laurie

  31. I love ladders and you made this one adorable! I hope you have a great weekend.

  32. Found your blog from a Graphics Fairy Link, and had to check out this ladder post. I was thinking about using a ladder in the master bath for towels, but the ones at the flea market were more than I wanted to spend. I loved how you cut it into pieces and repurposed it in several places. Now I just need to find an old ladder to cut up. ;-)

  33. i desired a ladder too (for our bedroom wall) so i asked my mr. if we had any rickety old ladders hanging around. sure enough we did, but i had to bring in the big guns to get that thing apart (my mr. & his drill). it was't easy drilling out those rivets but we did it. half is hanging in our bedroom and the other half is leaning up against the garage studio. isn't necessity the mother of invention?!

    you can see the the first half featured here:

    love your rendition and also what you did with the leftover pieces, you repurposed it all!

  34. Your posts are always so creative, but also have great humor in them! I soooo needed the snickers. Thank you & keep them coming!


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