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DIY Ladder Shelf

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Turquoise spray painted ladder turned into a chic book shelfAfter
  • Estimated Project Time:

    3 Hours

  • Challenge Level:

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Ladder
    • Drop Cloth
    • 4 Wooden Boards (Cut to Size to Fit in Between Ladder Rungs)
    • Wood Glue
Turquoise spray painted ladder turned into a chic book shelf After Turquoise spray painted ladder turned into a chic book shelf Before

It’s easy to create this DIY ladder shelf in just a few steps. Here’s how we transformed this ladder into a chic shelf with a little spray paint and creativity.

  1. PREPARE: Always work in a well-ventilated area and cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect it from overspray.
  2. PAINT: Shake your can of Universal Gloss spray paint in Gloss Deep Turquoise for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Then, hold the can 8-12” away from the ladder, and spray in a steady back-and-forth motion. Apply 2-3 light coats to the entire ladder a few minutes apart. Then, repeat this step on the wooden boards. Let everything dry completely for 24 hours.
  3. ATTACH: Once everything is dry, use wood glue to attach the wooden boards to the ladder’s rungs, making four shelves.
  4. FINISH: Let the glue dry according to the label’s instructions. Once the glue is dry, your ladder shelf is ready to be displayed!