A Wonderful Home Made DIY Ladder Shelf

I shared a 'sneak peek' with you on Friday about this project..

and I am so happy with how this project turned out, I have been looking forward to sharing it with you.

Let's get to it, shall we?

We have this kind of awkward space between the garden tub and linen closet.. it measures 10" wide.
So it is really too small for a hamper, or anything else that I have tried to fit in there.

I have been trying to figure out what to do in this space for quite some time.. and I finally decided I wanted a skinny leaning shelf, or maybe a old ladder turned into a leaning shelf for this space. Well,  I really didn't want to destroy my lovely old step ladder because it is still in perfect working order, so I decided I was just going to make one.

So I brought in some 8 foot long 2x4's so I could get a visual idea of how it would look..
I wanted to make sure it was going to work before I started.

I liked how it looked in the space, (using my imagination of course)
so on with the project...

I had already purchased a basket that I wanted to fit on the 'shelves' just in case.. :0)
So I held it up between the boards so I could get an idea of the measurements I needed, and decided I needed to make the "shelves"  15 3/8 inches long, so the basket could easily be placed on or taken off the shelf.

So I went to the garage and cut 5 boards at 15 3/8 inches in length.
Then I got out my sander.. and proceeded to sand the boards.

Then I took them all back inside.. and worked on assembling it all..
 and after about 30 minutes or so..

 (because I couldn't find the drill, and I had to put the screws in the old fashioned way.. yep, with a screwdriver, at least it was a ratchet style - that helped! ha..)

Love it..
To finish it up I painted it white, letting some of the natural wood show through here and there for a fun shabby look.    and then I decorated it.

Here it is!!!!

It took me approximately 2 hours making this by myself.. (everyone was at work or school).. so if I would have had help I am sure it would've been a lot faster.. (and if I could've found the drill) :0)

I think it looks perfect in this space.. and adds some extra organization as well.. win, win!

linking up at:
Keeping it Simple Craftsboogieboard cottage,
CraftoManiac, Coastal Charm, The scoop,
A Stroll Thru Life, Wow Us Wednesday, diy by design, the style sisters,
The Shabby Creek Cottage, The vintage farmhouse, Chic on a Shoestring decorating,
I heart organizing, Time to Shine PArty,   One More Time Events, Boogieboard cottage


  1. That's so awesome! I love that you just made it by yourself, too.
    I found you through Craft-o-maniac today. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  2. Came over from Coastal Charm. I could see one of these behind a door for extra storage too!

  3. You did a fantastic job! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie ~ somuchbetterwithage.com

  4. thanks for the ideas. I love the baskets. they look a perfect fit. Sharleen

  5. Looks great...what a perfect "shelf" for that spot :)

  6. I love this ladder and it's great for a tiny little area. I pinned it! Great job :)

    Just wanted to stop in and say hello from The Scoop!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House

  7. Super cute. My daughter and I found an old ladder that someone was throwing out and we cut it in half and used one half in the bathroom and the other in the basement to hold magazines. Love this idea! Come link up to centerpiece Wed on my blog The Style Sisters http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2013/03/centerpiece-wednesday-and-wrap-up_12.html

    1. Thank you so much.. I will stop by your blog today.


  8. I have been wanting a ladder for so long, but lack of space and the high cost of ladders I see in stores have been deterrents. Now I have no excuse. I am adding this to my "to do" list for spring break.

  9. GET OUT OF TOWN,woman....!!
    This is awesome and sooo cute in that tiny little space. How smart you are to have come up with the idea. Great job.!!
    I'mm over from the Style Sisters....

  10. VERY nice shelf/ladder. You really utilized the time alone well.... Gotta love those quite hours occasionally... :)

    hugs x

  11. So cute! I love how you decorated it too!

  12. I highlighted your post on my blog tonight for centerpiece Wed wrap up. Karin

  13. Beautiful...you decorated it very well..found you on Marty's blog and following you...

  14. That is gorgeous! What a fabulous idea to utilize those little spaces! I found you through Iheartorganizing, and I really enjoy your blog! :)

  15. That is great! I love the ladder and I like your wreath.. very chic. We HAD a similar little space in our bathroom, and I couldn't figure out what to do there - so I had it filled in with tile/sheetrock to make a sort of ledge. I wish I'd waited, and seen your post !!!! DARN!

  16. Love it! Fantastic Job! and looks great!!! Thank you for sharing at One More Time Events…Tammy


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