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Spray Painted Ladder Shelf

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  • Estimated Time

    3 Hours

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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. PRIME: Use of a Stops Rust® Primer provides added corrosion protection, superior adhesion and hiding and is especially recommended for bare wood and metal.
  3. PAINT: Shake your can of Stops Rust Gloss spray paint in Lagoon 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.
  4. ATTACH: Once everything is dry, use wood glue to attach the wooden boards to the ladder’s rungs, making four shelves.
  5. FINISH: Let the glue dry according to the label’s instructions. Once the glue is dry, your ladder shelf is ready to be displayed!