Remember the post about the cheap closet kit in my son’s room? The same treatment was done in our little entryway closet, and this was the result. I can’t seem to find the before picture, so I’ll spare you the ugly this round.
So, while the closet was a massive improvement, it actually created a NEW problem!
In order to open the closet door all the way for proper access, the long bench in the entry was in the way.
So after moving it over…
… my beloved ladder organizer couldn’t be saved. Drat! There was just no room.
I really missed the quick access to garden gloves or whatever, so I was bound and determined to add something else cool to the space for quick grab kinda organizing by the front door.
What does that tell you when I can’t manage ‘normal?’
Don’t answer that…
Well, I DID figure out something totally cool, and I like it even better!
This round, instead of just one ladder, the order of the day was using TWO!
Here’s how this one went down…
How to make this quirky 2 ladder shelving in the entry
2 wooden ladders of equal rung spacing.
reclaimed wood planks
garden themed stencils – I used Garden and Potting Shed HERE
paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black (website link)
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Hemp Oil (website link)
A square helped line up the rungs, while measuring the edge of one ladder, to help keep things square.
As you’ll soon see, the white ladder was not cut in length. I wanted to leave it intact, because my projects are generally repurposed into others down the road. But I did cut the wobbly black ladder down to fit on top of the bench. No loss here.
3. Lay a plank against two rungs to ensure the ladders line up. Use a level for guidance.
4. Attach the ladders to the wall.
Because I had random board treatments on the wall, both ladders were simply screwed to them.
But you could always attach the ladders directly to the wall with a small wood chunk spacer the same depth as the floor moulding. Wall anchors may be required.
You could also attempt to build the ladder shelf by attaching the shelves to the rungs for stability. You will need some kind of cross brace along the back.
Since my ‘cheater method’ (<— my middle name) worked, I ran with that.
I didn’t attach them with anything.
Then, let the real fun begin!
In this shot, you can see the white ladder longer. I actually like the added quirk!
And because spring is just right around the corner, I couldn’t resist adding a few faux plants and a cute Potting Bench sign to set the stage.
Find the Garden stencil HERE
I created these signs at night, so no stenciling pictures this round.
But you can learn how to stencil HERE
I didn’t even know I forgot to grout it. Gotta love a closed closet door.
Which leads me to other unfinished tile areas in this room. I am playing around with the idea of hauling out the tile cutter to gitter ALL done, so you may see an upcoming tiling post soon too.
That makes today a pretty good one, I say!
Here’s what I made last spring… but the inside of this Garden crate holds the BIG secret!
Disclosure: I work with Fusion Mineral Paint to showcase projects using it and because I love the stuff. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. The stencils are from my own line.