Junkers Unite with a stepladder side table

Learn how to build this stepladder side table with scrap wood! Perfect for tall beds and offers loads of space! Click the link for the full tutorial and visit other NEW up-cycled projects!

Junkers Unite with a stepladder side table

Hi everyone! Welcome back to yet another riveting Junkers United, where 11 junkers gather ’round to show you what they’ve made out of… you guessed it… junk!

Donna via FunkyJunkInteriors.net
If you’re new here, I’m Donna, a self proclaimed junkaholic and welcome to my little junk haunt where I share everything from rusty stuff, to things I rust myself.

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Today, I introduce to you… my new bedroom stepladder side table!

Learn how to build this stepladder side table with scrap wood! Perfect for tall beds and offers loads of space! Click the link for the full tutorial and visit other NEW up-cycled projects!

This idea came out of need. I had a big, bulky side table in this spot, but as you can see, this is a tight space. So attempting to find something to chime in with the horsegate headboard, this full ladder  did the trick!

I cannot take credit for this original idea. I first saw one on Pretty Handy Girl using part of a ladder, and I guess the image never left my head. And now I have my own ‘restoration hardware’ toned version of one.

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Supplies you’ll need:

Wooden Step Ladder

Scrap wood

2 hinges

cordless drill

miter saw

palm sander


Reclaimed wood / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net



1. Select boards for shelves, wall supports, and something to connect the ladder to the wall. (I used two large hinges)

Learn how to build this stepladder side table with scrap wood! Perfect for tall beds and offers loads of space! Click the link for the full tutorial and visit other NEW up-cycled projects!

2. Lean the full ladder against the wall at the desired angle. Attach ladder to the wall along the top with two large hinges.

3. Mark how long you desire the shelf boards to be, then cut to desired length.

Staining boards with acrylic paint / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

4. Stain the boards if desired.

How I stained the boards:

– mix together black and brown acrylic craft paint unevenly so it creates different coloured streaks when applied

 – water it down a LOT

– brush quickly in long even strokes, allow to dry, then lightly sand

Learn how to build this stepladder side table with scrap wood! Perfect for tall beds and offers loads of space! Click the link for the full tutorial and visit other NEW up-cycled projects!

5. Place cut shelf boards on each ladder step, having them touch the wall. Under the boards that touch the wall, Mark where the wall support boards will go by drawing a pencil line under them.

6. Screw some short support boards onto the wall. (cut to width of each shelf)

7. Attach shelf boards to steps by screwing underneath each step, so the screws don’t show.

Learn how to build this stepladder side table with scrap wood! Perfect for tall beds and offers loads of space! Click the link for the full tutorial and visit other NEW up-cycled projects!

Let’s decorate it!


8. Decorate, because you are now done! Isn’t it fun?!

Clock in a box / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

When I landed this adorable little folding vintage clock in its own case at an antique mall, it HAD to come home with me. Battery run, it makes the quietest little tick tock at night.

Antique bibles on a shelf / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

 I then stacked these antique Bibles to the side. Aren’t they amazing?

Pipe and gear industrial jewelry holder / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

This junk styled jewelry holder is just a few pipes screwed together, weighted with the gear, and ending with the tap. 

Industrial wood and pipe bed tray / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Industrial wood and pipe bed tray / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

The pipe handled reclaimed wood tray (tutorial HERE)  is looking mighty happy beside it’s new friend. 

Industrial wood and pipe bed tray and horse gate headboard with wreaths / Make a stepladder side table via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Learn how to make this faux barn wood barn door headboard and a step ladder side table! Click for full tutorials!

Visit this post with my faux barn door headboard!

I do believe it’s time to take a short break from all this DIY… and you know where I’ll be. πŸ™‚

And you’re in for a treat! Check out all the other amazing NEW junk projects from the rest of the gang!

Visit quirky ladder projects on Funky Junk Interiors. Click HERE

Love quirky ladder projects? Visit MANY more HERE!
Visit them all!

Donna / Funky Junk Interiors

Susan / Homeroad

Bliss / Bliss Ranch

Breida / Breida with a B (no longer online)

Becky / Beyond The Picket Fence

Laurel / Chipping With Charm

Carlene / Organized Clutter

Angie / Knick of Time

Marianne / Songbird

Laura / Finding Home (no longer online)

KariAnne – Thistlewood Farms

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139 thoughts on “Junkers Unite with a stepladder side table

  1. I see your closet door right by this ladder. Does it prevent complete
    opening in some way or is that a sliding door?

    • Hi Marie! Good eye, yes, it does. But that is the side of the closet I rarely need anything from, so it works in my case. I really shouldn’t have a king sized bed in my bedroom but I wanted one. πŸ™‚

  2. hey there – I really like the way the room is coming together. All of the “distressed” wooden pieces are perfect! SOMEDAY I will come to visit and see it all in person!
    ps. my favorite part is the faucet!!

  3. I Am Loving This Post!! Thanks For The Giveaway!! I Would Use The Toolbox For Displaying My Collection Of Teas…

  4. I would use it to hold my fabric scraps, or my skeins of yarn, or maybe some plants should go in three. Ambrose at aol dot com

  5. I would love this! It would be great in the bathroom or craft room for storage…nice to put small terra cotta pots in…so many options!!

  6. Love it so much Donna – and that tray is one of my favorites. I always envy how your unmade bed looks elegant and mine always looks, well, unmade. Thanks so much for including me in this fun group!

  7. That is one gorgeous ladder / side table / display unit. I love it, and I adore your styling. I am always amazed at the cool stuff you have to finish off your projects. Wonderful project!

  8. Have loved your blog for a few years now, thanks for continuing to inspire me to use my junk!! I would love one of your toolboxes and think it would eventually be used in every room in the house, I like to switch it up often but I’m pretty sure she would start out in my kitchen holding all my teas:)!!!!

  9. Oh, fun giveaway, Donna! I’d probably use the toolkit to stage a vignette at first… and then maybe it would become a great organizational piece on my craft table!

    And love the stepladder side-table. Genius!

  10. I would love to win a little toolbox and would use it for seasonal displays on my breakfast table…or maybe on my deck table…or maybe in my craft room! I can’t limit the possibilities! Thanks for the opportunity and I love your blog.

  11. LOVE all of your ‘junque’! I have a beautiful old ladder complete with paint spatters, but it only has ONE step. I did use it as an outside plant holder… but maybe it needs to come in for a while? πŸ™‚
    And i DO so want to make your tool box holder!!

  12. Okay…..about this toolbox…..I think it would make a great box next to the calendar…with pens, pencils, notepad, address book,etc. Then again in the bathroom to hold paper towels, soap, bath fizz, hand lotion, toothpaste,oh, I could go on for a while…..picnic basket with plates, utensils, tablecloth with weights….

  13. I just love the tool boxes. I picked up a flea market tool specifically for this purpose. Would love one of yours!

  14. I have the perfect place for a toolbox. I want to “junk up” my dining room to match my remodeled kitchen and with a few flowers in mason jars in the toolbox are just what I had in mind!

  15. Donna,
    I love all the projects you come up with. And your photography is beautiful. I miss the seasons. In South Texas we have summer and hotter than summer. However I will say that this past winter we got to wear our heavy jackets a couple of days. Even built a fire in the fireplace a couple of times.
    Thanks for sharing

  16. After following the Country Chic Cottage craft room tour all week I pulled everything out of “my room” and am reorganizing all “my stuff”. I bought a wood trellis to attach my metal window boxes to use for my ribbon and burlap covered cans for my scissors and other tools. If I’m lucky enough to win the toolbox, it will hold my burlap covered cans of tools, be put on the window shelf (another idea from the tour) right next to my work space, handy, dandy and good lookin’.

  17. This is great! I happen to have an old ladder I rescued in the garage with two old doors, Thank you for the inspiration.

  18. I would use my toolbox as a catch all for my sons supplements he now has laying all over my kitchen countertop.

  19. The faucet sends my lil junking noggin over the edge. How many people can say I saw an old faucet jewelry holder on a ladder shelf and I loved it?

  20. I love this project. I have a ladder just like it. Our bed is under the eaves though, but maybe I could do it elsewhere. Your bedroom always makes me want to crawl under those fluffy white covers and take a sweet nap!
    Blessings, Deborah

  21. I would use the toolkit in our spare bedroom we just remodeled…for side table storage for remote, books, etc…love it!! <3

  22. I love your toolboxes! I would use it to take silverware and napkins outside for dinners. Or put glasses in each compartment to put fresh flowers.

  23. It fits in so well with the other accents. Nicely done. I have a couple of old, smaller step ladders I use as plant stands and a side table, too. I always enjoy the linked up projects, too.

  24. It’s so hard to pick JUST ONE use for this AWESOME tool kit. But if I must, I would use it to hold a little herb garden. πŸ™‚

  25. Such a cute idea with the step ladder. We use to have one and my hubby threw it away before I could tell him I wanted it. Needless to say I was very disappointed.

    Love the tool boxes. I would use them for all my sewing supplies.

  26. I love it!! I have a little ladder around here somewhere that is really rickety. I might have to dig that out.
    Question Since it is attached to the wall, how do you get that door open on the left? :^) pam

  27. I would use the toolkit as a carry all for bringing kitchen items outside for a bar-b-que…better than juggling! Love your stepladder shelving!

  28. Love your blog, Love your talent and ideas!!! You amaze me how you constantly come up with the most fabulous creations. I think I’ve seen my favorite and then you show us another unique design! I really think you should have a show! The ladder and tool boxes rock!!!

  29. Love LOVE your stepladder side table, and the bibles, clock…everything looks amazing! I think I already told you how much I love the bed tray πŸ™‚
    I appreciate your awesome style so much, Donna! You always get me thinking…
    Hope you have a fantastic week!


  30. Donna, I’m a widow and lucky enough to be retired. That said I just finished thoroughly going through each of the blogs in this feature. I went through each of them with a fine tooth comb, enjoying each and every spot I followed. Each and every blogger that contributed had such incredible value. I don’t remember how I found your blog, but it was one happy day that has led to so very many more. I know that comments should be short, and I’ve already made one about the subject matter, but I just had to thank you for the difference you have made in my life and I just wanted to take more of your time and thank you and give you a great big hug.

  31. Your room looks amazing! I’ve always loved your headboard, but you’re right, it needed that ladder side table to finish it off perfectly. Ingenious (even if it isn’t your idea) and you have so much more storage now, too. I love the jewellery holder! lol What don’t I love about the ladder?
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  32. I guess I commented too soon…but I would use the tool kit holder for my studio, probably to hold paint brushes and other painting tools. I really should make one, they look so easy to do and I have sooo much wood lying around waiting for me to get at.
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  33. Love, love the versatility of the the tool box kit. I can see it in my bathroom holding towels soaps, sprays. You could use it as a table topper, put fresh plants or flowers in it. When dining outside use it to hold your paper goods. My craft room always need some organization . I love things that have multiple uses, it’s so creative!

  34. Love, love, LOVE it, Donna!Thank you for sharing! So inspirational! I have an old ladder I’ve been using and now I can “tweek” it to make it even more useful! Thanks again!

  35. I would love the adorable toolbox to store more junk of course! Wow Donna, I am always amazed at how you put together a room so gorgeously with Junk! Always a show stopper!

  36. I am really looking to make my house a little more “rustic” and this would be such a great start! I’m thinking I would use it either in my craft room or even in my bathroom to hold little things!

  37. love your site and your style! this ladder nightstand is so great – want to replicate! thanks for the idea.

  38. i luv your up-cycle & d.i.y. projects! i especially luv the found wood projects & easy to make instruction! i would line the wood ‘tool’ box and plant some yellow flowers to enjoy this summer. Great blog!

  39. I am trying to enter the contest for winning the tool box. I am not sure this is in the right place. But if I won one of the tool boxes, I would use it in my bathroom on the back of the toilet to hold wash cloths, a vase of flowers, soaps/salts etc. It would be perfect with the new decor and paint job I am working on. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! I love following your blog!! Beth ~ Minnesota

  40. Wow, so many uses! Would look great with a couple small plants, or in my craft room for brushes, scissors, hilighters etc. or in the kitchen for utensils, endless possibilities!

  41. I love everything you do – but this bedroom is a dream! πŸ™‚ If I had one of your toolboxes, I would probably use it for my art/crafting tools – brushes, knives, glass cutters, etc πŸ™‚

  42. I am a childcare provider with 7 girls and 2 boys in my care. (and one of their mom’s is pregnant with another girl! ha!) We seem to have 3,467 dolls to play with, and our boys aren’t impressed. However, I am sure your little tool box will knock their socks off! We’ve got our fingers crossed for good luck!! πŸ™‚

  43. I would use this as my organizer on my craft bench – would look adorable and then I can take it with me when I’m working upstairs too πŸ™‚

  44. The ladder is great! As for the branch handled tool kit box, I’d use it in my booth display (josefinafineknits.etsy.com). It will make the perfect display for scarves and cards! You are so clever and thank you for the continual inspiration!

  45. i have loved all of your junk your office is way cool and my very own twig box wow mason jars and flowers to paintbrushes and paint i can see it filled with apples and pinecones mind boggling possibilities lol xx

  46. I love this idea! I would have never thought to use acrylic paint to give a stained look. Looks great!! If I won the toolbox kit, I would put a few mason jars with flowers in it & use it as a table centerpiece. πŸ™‚

  47. The ladder is great! Like storage options that go up, so I can have more stuff!! I love to repurpose things!! You’re tutorials are so easy to understand and follow.

  48. Thanks for posting this! I have an old ladder out in the garage that I don’t need but for some reason kept holding onto it. Now I know what I am going to do with it and where its going!

  49. Hi Donna,
    This is great !!! I have a work bench in the garage and a big bucket for my traveling projects but I also have a small “in the house” tools catch all drawer and a spot on the floor in the spare bedroom that I have everyday tools just laying around. This awesome toolbox would be so perfect to keep them in I wouldn’t have to go room to room to find what I’m looking for !!! Plus it looks sooo cool!

  50. i’d use that tool box,for numerous things,when i was tearing out stuff,id have my tools in it,painting,my paints in it,after a hard day of work, i think my homemade wine in canning jars,carried out to the deck,would work just fine!

  51. I love your creativity! I would use one of the tool boxes for keeping vegetable seed packets and garden tools organized.

    Can’t wait to see more of your ideas.

    • I got through 3 pages so far… haha I’ll wait until I’m stationed on a plane next week, that ought to cure my ‘what should I work on next?’ thing that takes me away from reading. πŸ™‚

  52. Love all your great & funky ideas/projects Donna! Would definitely use the toolbox to hold old mason jars with bright fresh flowers!

  53. First, to say that I absolutely LOVE your blog & all of your wonderful ideas for what to do with junk! Even my husband loves your ideas…although, I have to admit, I’m driving him a bit crazy, as I want to make everything I see! Especially, one of your Branch Handled Toolboxes, which I would use in my new garden room, overflowing with vintage garden implements on my potting bench or perhaps some dried hydrangeas on the table…the ideas for it are endless! You are the quintessential JUNKER, Donna! This ladder turned bedside table is certainly proof of that! Needless to say, I am now on the search for one of those!! LOL πŸ™‚

  54. I would use the branch handled toolbox kit for a flower caddy. Use mason jars, pickle jars, tin cans, bottles or vases to hold the flowers. You could even use it to hold small potted plants or herbs.

  55. Oh wow !! It looks like a DREAM bed-and-breakfast !! So many talents .. you could open one of those too!!

  56. I haven’t read all the comments since my question to you almost a week ago, but having time to think further on this I want to tell you I saw a similar
    folding ladder somewhere on the internet and they had one of those clamp on shop lights with the aluminum looking shade attached to their ladder (used it behind a chair in their living room). I thought that was brilliant and would make your bedside storage ladder provide a bedside light for you as well. Marie

  57. I have just the right old ladder on my front porch waiting for just the right ides….thanks!!!

  58. Looks beautiful! Did you have to cut off some of the height on the wall-side portion of the ladder? All the vintage painters ladders I see stick out very far and take up too much space, but affixing it to the wall would make me think the front half of the ladder would be off the ground and the shelves would be slanted? Let me know how you kept this even and so narrow in terms of floor space!

    • Hey Melanie!

      I angled the ladder until the steps were level. Both legs on my ladder do rest on the ground too. Maybe I just got lucky? LOL But regardless, if you only have so much space, and can’t get the steps level, you could still use the rungs as supports, then level the shelves to float a little more from rung to wall. Bottom line… as long as things are affixed, and not move on you, there’s always a way! But then again, I love to hack at stuff, even if it doesn’t really make sense. haha

  59. Happy Fall! I just wanted to quickly reach out as we’re putting together the DIY farmhouse style story over at City Girl Gone Mom that will feature some of our favorite designs from our favorite bloggers! We loved your post and would like permission to feature your photo and design in the story. It would consist of a photo of your design, a blurb about it and a link back to your website.

    Let me know what you think! We’d love to have you on board!


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