This old wooden ladder plant stand is the perfect addition to your porch or patio. It can be filled with regular plants and decor, or deck it out for a holiday like the 4th of July!
I pick up vintage wooden ladders whenever I find a good deal on them. Perhaps, you will notice this ladder has been taken apart. Yep, I took it apart last year because I wanted to make a leaning shelf. yeah, that never happened.
So, I’ll show you how I fixed up this broken down ladder to make it into the perfect outdoor plant stand for your porch or patio.
Old Wooden Ladder
I had a couple of other wooden ladders in my stash, but I felt that this ladder would make the better plant stand. I think that a ladder like this would not be fun to paint by hand, so of course I brought out my favorite secret weapon.
How to paint a wooden ladder
Can you see how difficult this would be to paint with a brush? all those grooves, nooks and crannies. To make it easy on myself, I used my easy diy sawhorses to hold up the ladder pieces.
How to get a flawless paint finish
So, isn’t the paint finish fabulous? That’s why I love, love, love my Super Finish Max from Homeright!
Repair old ladder
Small bolts with nuts were used to put the wooden ladder back together. Yeah, a rivet gun would work if you have the proper size rivets, I did not.
After rummaging around for nuts and bolts, my hands were dusty, that’s why you see my fingerprints everywhere.
Seriously, don't you love how pretty the paint finish is? There were no runs, drips or errors on this paint project.
I love that I can rest things on the steps of the ladder and hang items from the back rungs or even the shelf of the ladder. The planter on the far right holds my citronella plant in the fence planter I made. I borrowed the small buckets of succulents from my vertical garden shutter planter. I love buying boston ferns and begonias for my patio. They do great in the shade. The fern is actually hanging on the rung in the back. The outdoor decor like the gnome and the owls are from the Dollar General Store.
I decorated this old beat up ladder for 4th of July. It’s all decked out in red, white and blue! Do you love old ladders as much as I do? How do you use them in indoor and outdoor decor? I have several more in storage, and I could use some ideas!
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I love this Gail! I always pick up old ladders when I see them. There are so many things you can do with ladders. And this one is gorgeous, and I love the mini camper! 🙂
Thank you Christina! I'm in love with this color! I bought the mini camper for the backyard makeover, but it never really found a home back there.
This is really cute. Plants that vine would be great under it too. The runners could be trained to go on the ladder, just enough to have pops of color, but not enough to take over the ladder. Once again you’ve came up with a great way to reuse things. My little guy would climb it.
Super idea for trailing plants! I'm having a tough time getting my vines to grow up the texas lampposts. They just want to wrap around each other. lol
See, I'm not in full Mops mode (grandmother) because I don't experience daily grandma duties, so of course I didn't think about littles trying to climb up the garden ladder. 😉
Hi Gail! What colour/brand of paint did you use? I LOVE this colour!!!
It's Naval. (Pottery barn color, I think) but done with Behr latex wall paint. 🙂 Check out these beds.... https://www.myrepurposedlife.com/paints-to-use-in-your-finishmax/
That's the first time I used this color. 🙂
I have added other projects to the end of the post with the same paint.