By Caty Gordon
If you’re not sure what to do with an old ladder stowed in the garage or up in the attic, don’t throw it away just yet. Clean it up, scrape or sand off the old paint, give it a fresh coat (maybe a bold accent color), and try one of these secondhand chic design ideas.
Try this unique storage trick for displaying books without breaking the bank on an expensive shelving unit. Hang magazines over the rungs to break up the space.
Use a small ladder to hang above a kitchen island as the perfect rack for pots and pans. Screw hooks onto the ceiling and into the ends of the ladder, attach the hooks with a chain, slip pot hooks over rungs, and easily hang kitchenware.
Instead of splurging on an expensive towel rack, use what’s already at home by hanging linens from the steps of a ladder. Or, use the money you saved on a new set of linens to show off your recycled rungs.
Having a hard time storing bulky purses? What about sweaters, pants or ta chic scarf collection? An old ladder in the closet is a great way to organize clothing and accessories. Further upgrade the space by painting the ladder a bold color, or by inserting hooks into the rails to hang long necklaces.
For a place to hang your art or memorabilia, hang a ladder horizontally from a wall, and use it as a shelf. Give the ladder a fresh coat of paint (one that accents the room), and affix artwork, photographs or decorations to the rails.