Old pieces of junk no longer have to lie around your home or garage and take up space anymore, you can repurpose them into imaginative and often times beautifully functional creations. With a little elbow grease and imagination these useless items can become the focal point of your home and the talk of your friends and guests leaving you with a prideful smile on your face.
There is not just one, but two ways to make an old, wooden ladder into a shelf. The odds are you haven’t thought about doing much with a ladder except climb one or avoid walking under one for fear of bad luck. Now a ladder can become a decorative storage piece in your home.
The first way to turn a ladder into a shelf is simply to take the ladder and mount it to the wall. If the ladder is too long, simply cut it off leaving the bottom cut at a 45-degree angle. You then can mount the divided ladder across a corner providing even more storage space for books and odds and ends.
The second way is to stand the A-frame ladder up and use pieces of plywood, cut to fit from one rung to the other on the opposite side of the frame. You then can paint or stain the ladder to match. Fasten the plywood down with wood screws and you’re ready to stack books, pictures, movies, CDs and much more on your improvised shelving unit.
Old Cans, Pots and Pans
This is probably the simplest item to repurpose and has the most variety for functions. Simply taking an old pot, pan or can and drilling some small holes in the bottom can make them a great decorative piece for planting in the garden. You could even place them in a kitchen window seal to grow your own herbs and spices. Because you have many choices to choose from you could collect the same brand of can from across many years, like trying to get all of the different Folders Coffee can designs. The continuity will add a nice touch.
Drill a hole large enough for an electrical cord through and you could have a hanging can light. Just make sure when you hang it that it is out of reach of children or the range of hitting your head as they will become very hot.
An Old folding chair can help you do laundry and a few of them can help you do even more laundry. Wood folding chairs will probably work the best. Drill a hole through the top, back portion of the chair large enough for a hook mounted to the wall to hold. Hang the chair on the wall, when you want a shelf unfold it you have a shelf and hanging rack for the clothes in your laundry room