How to Make Shelving From a Ladder

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An old ladder found on the side of the road gets an easy and functional makeover.

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I'm using a few pieces of wood and a little white paint.

I cut a 1" x 6" to create a shelf for each ladder rung, previously this ladder had only dowel-like steps. 

I screwed the wide boards securely to the sides of the ladder, drilling the holes first and using long screws.

It was easy to turn this unused ladder into much needed shelving with little or no effort.

ladder shelving just add steps

A coat of bright white paint unified the whole piece.

ladder shelving just add steps

and the shelf width is perfect for baskets, collectables, or books.

My clock fit perfectly between the top rungs and 
makes it look like it belongs there!

ladder shelving just add steps

My original intent was to use these shelves in my newly painted bathroom but this cute and functional shelving system will work in any room!

Pretty impressive Before and After, glad I didn't drive on by!

ladder shelving just add steps

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