Scrap Happy: Wooden Ladder

I saw an old wooden ladder lying at the back of my daughter’s woodshed.

They said I could have it as we, in the UK, are no longer able to use wooden ladders for their intended purpose – health and safety.

So …..

It is now above my woodburner as a drying rack for clothes in the Winter and a place to dry herbs and flowers and hang crochet mandalas in the Summer.

This is it in its raw state, before I treated it for woodworm and waxed and oiled it. The brackets are not the ones I wanted – I had to grab Dave, the local handiman, between jobs when he could put it up for me, so these were the only brackets I could get locally on that day.

He told me that you can treat woodworm with White Spirit, so I took the ladder down again and painted on lashings of the stuff – the ladder soaked up the White Spirit like a sponge and I gave it 3 generous treatments. Later on I found a small can of woodworm treament at the back of a cupboard and treated it with that as well.

I knew the wood would need feeding but when I tried wax and oil on the bit of ladder that had been cut off, the wood went very dark. So I Lime Waxed it first.

You brush the wood, going with the grain, with a wire brush, then rub in the Lime Wax with wire wool. After Liming it I gave the whole ladder and the rusty bits two coats of the Finishing Oil.

(Those are Marmoleum floor samples under the oil – as far as I can tell Marmoleum is one of the most environmentally friendly flooring material one can get here in UK – let me know if you know otherwise. I am going to go for the Turquoise one on top for most of the ground floor in my house – I am so fed up with carpets!)

Ta Dah!

I am thrilled with it – it actually makes the room feel taller and larger.

The wonderful rusty spring on the left is a present from a friend who knows my love of rusty old items. Her son now farms the farm where my Dad grew up, and she found it there and knew I would love it even more because of the connection. What a kind thought – Lucky me!! It is GORGEOUS – so big and heavy.

The woodburner is all ready to go: to heat water, cook delicious stews and dry clothes. Making that space as multi-functional as possible in true Permaculture style!

I haven’t lit a fire yet as it has been so mild here, but I am sure it won’t be too long.

I am joining Kate for her monthly Scrap Happy gathering – pop on over and see how others have been using up their scraps.

50 responses to “Scrap Happy: Wooden Ladder

  1. I love your repurposed ladder that is going to do much seasonal duties as and when needed…and looks like it was supposed to just hang there…

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  2. What a brilliant use for an old ladder. I haven’t heard of marmoleum before, but I’m very interested as I want a new floor covering for my craft room which is currently carpeted.

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  3. That is fabulous and looks amazing. Drying lavender will scent the clothes too. I hope you have aired off all the flamable from the wood treatments before lighting the fire though!

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  4. Mrs. Gumboots in Japan

    What a great idea! I’m all for repurposing items! This is super!

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  5. This is GENIUS. I’ve bookmarked your post and, one day when I find my own ancient, discarded wooden ladder, I will do the same thing. It’s just brilliant. Absolutely love it!!!

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    • OMG! What a lovely comment – it is heartwarming beyond words when inspiration is shared – this is what I love most about Blogging. I get so many tips and good ideas from blogging friends so I just love to know that the inspiration flows both ways. Thank you. xx

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  6. what a great repurposing of an old ladder!

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  7. This looks great and, as Dawn said above, would look even better if you could paint the brackets a matt black to match the burner. I can see this feature being used for all sorts of things Will you have to stand on a🤣 ladder to reach your ladder?
    In France carpets were not a ‘thing’ and I didn’t miss them but now we’re back in the U.K. I’ve just ordered them for two of the bedrooms as the floorboards have been badly laid up there and are beyond renovating. We have the original parquet flooring on the ground floor so that will be staying – echoing footsteps or not!

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    • HaHa – no I won’t need a ladder 🙂 !
      I will hang coat hangers from the rungs for drying or airing clothes and I have meat-hooks to hang other things from. If I want to fold things to sit on top of the ladder, I have a stool to stand on.
      I want a floor I can sweep, all that vacuum cleaning annoys me and to me is a wasteful use of elelctricity – the carpets left by the previous owner are all wool and there are always moths lurking somewhere – arggghhh!

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  8. Wonderful idea!

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  9. This is amazing .It looks so good and does make your room look taller and it has many practical applications as well!!

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  10. wonderful idea and it looks great after all your hard work. We had a clothes rack over the stove when I was a kid, I was fascinated when the snow on mittens started to melt and drops of water splashed and hissed on the stove top.

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  11. I love this. And if you painted the brackets the same as your woodburner, they’d be less noticeable, I reckon

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  12. That is a fantastic idea!

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  13. Going Batty in Wales

    That is a fantastic idea! When you have lots of things hanging on it you will not notice the brackets and they add extra hanging space for things you can tie on.

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  14. Oh wonderful! The ladder looks wonderful after all your scrubbing, oiling and de-vermin treatment. I would love a clothes/mandala display rack just like it.

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  15. As we would say in Maine, what a wicked good idea! Right up our alley, that’s for sure. A true Mainer’s motto is waste not, want not. We could also add scrounge often, waste not. 😉

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  16. You are so clever! Thanks for all the tips on treating old wood. It’s fun repurposing and up-cycling, and all the more enjoyable when you have a story to go with it. This is charming and practical.

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  17. Reminds me of the wooden pulley we had in our kitchen when I was little. Lovely and so much nicer than my plastic clothes drier- I utilise Winter sun to dry things.

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    • YesYes! Those pulley things, I remember those as well and initially, I was thinking of putting one of those up, but thought it would not look right in a sitting room. 🙂

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  18. Marvelous new use for a wonderful piece – please keep us posted through the seasons!

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  19. That’s fantastic! I am imagining some fairy lights strewn over it for times of celebration… 🙂

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  20. I’m charmed by the mental image of pairs of socks dangling from the rungs, as if someone climbing the ladder had simple shot up and out of them! Seriously, what a lovely use for a great old ladder. Warming your towels before a bath would be good too, and I used to set bread to rise near my stove, and have a kettle more or less permanently on the go on top – I had one with a melodious tootle instead of a shrill scream of a whistle!

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    • HaHa!!!! LOVE your image of the abandoned socks!
      I am thinking of hanging clothes on coat hangers from the rungs it will be fun to see if the idea works out as I think it will.
      If I could find a kettle with a “melodious tootle” I would snap it up! 🙂

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  21. Hanging Mandalas was the first thing I though of when I saw the photograph. 🙂

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