Upcycled Broken Ladder into Farmhouse Decor

I had a friend once tell me that her kids were excited to see what I put curbside during our city spring clean-up. She giggled and responded, “trust me…there will be little to nothing set out on her curb.” ahem. She be correct. yup. I don’t often throw things away unless they are truly trash. I even compost our kitchen waste. Take this #trashure gem for instance. Lemme introduce you to my upcycled broken ladder project. I have a video home tour at the bottom too.

Old Broken Ladder for Upcycled Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Truth be told, I’m more the lady in the dress with rubber boots on hopping out of her truck on spring city clean-up days hauling your junk away. And proud of it too! {{fist pump}} Someones gotta help keep our landfills free of perfectly good stuff. Plus, it’s oh-so-fun.


If you’ve been following me for long, I’ve mentioned this ladder is past project posts like my DIY grain scoops. Also, it’s seen another life in my Antique Clamp Chair. This particular ladder belonged to my dad and he let us use it when we bought our home. Well, I couldn’t get certain other folks to keep it put away and eventually it got too weathered outside.

I felt like a dip that I let it happen because I remember using this ladder to reach the 21′ Christmas trees we would have set up in my childhood home. Yes, my parents had the most gorgeous 6K sq.ft. log home EVER. They built it themselves and it is truly one of my favorite places on earth. So, of course, I had to hang onto this ladder and the memories attached to it.

With my recent push to wrap up our DIY projects around our home, I wanted to finally put use to this part of the ladder. (yes, I still have more parts left) When I spied this set of baskets at the thrift store, I knew exactly what I would do with them.

Set of Thrifted Baskets for Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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First, I knew I wanted to mount it to a wall. In order to do that I just needed to add the right kind of hardware. I added keyhole hardware I often use for heavy objects.

Keyhole Hardware to Mount Ladder to Wall | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Next, I needed to keep those cut pieces attached to the bigger portion of the ladder. To do that, I used some salvaged L brackets.

L Bracket Hardware for Mounting Ladder to Wall | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Last, I cut some scrap pieces of luan (thin plywood) to use as reinforcements as I attach the baskets to each ladder step. I simply use my drill and a few wood screws to attach.

Attaching Baskets to Upcycled Broken Ladder for Farmhouse Decor | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces


With just a little bit of DIY fun I now have my upcycled broken ladder as decor. Woot!

Upcycled Broken Ladder used as Farmhouse Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #home #homedecor #storage

Farmhouse Ladder with Produce Baskets for Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #home #farmhouse #storage #kitchen #homedecor

We have storage, function, and a whole lotta story goin’ on there. This is my kinda out-of-the-box-store decor. Who’s with me?

Old Broken Ladder Turned Produce Storage for Farmhouse Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #kitchen #homedecor #storage

While I may not keep this ladder here as I still love my upcycled door screen chalkboard there. I, at least, got my project done and will put it to use when we finish our home. They key for me is making my home be the most welcoming sight to not only my family, but also guests as well.

DIY Farmhouse Decor Tour with oodles of upcycling ideas by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #farmhouse #hometour #homedecor #kitchen

Upcycled Broken Ladder used as Produce Basket Holder in Farmhouse Kitchen Decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #diy #storage #kitchen


Before you go, I want to show you a mini home tour I made to give you an idea of how my brain works when it comes to “junk”. Take a peek at how I’ve used other folks’ cast-offs to make my home story.

Now, do you see how my quirky brain works? Don’t let some box store tell you how to decorate. Give what you already own a second look, and even begin to acquire finds to create a vignette. You know it’s fun, right?

Do pin and share my upcycled broken ladder fun. Two reasons: I know (1) I’m not the only one with a busted ladder. haha. (2) so many people feel like they have to buy everything and can’t afford it. Let’s inspire!!

Grab that old broken ladder and turn it into farmhouse decor. Come take the home tour of Larissa of Prodigal Pieces to be inspired to create your own home story | Head to prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #home #homedecor #hometour #video #diy

Up next, I need your help to get as I building a project using these cast-off parts. Head HERE!

Salvaged Parts Before Use to Create Upcycled Christmas Sleigh by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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More projects like my upcycled broken ladder:

Check this out! An antique treadle sewing machine gets recreated into a chess & checkerboard set for your home. Full tutorial by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home #homedecor #toys #farmhouseFrom curbside underbed drawers to a rustic farmhouse workbench for kitchen or console. Larissa of Prodigal Pieces loves taking trash and turning it into #trashure . Come see the DIY details at prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #furniture #homedecor #shopping

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  • Tamara

    What a nifty idea!
    As always, just love how your brain works.
    Adorable home you have. ❤

    November 19, 2019 at 8:09 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Just too much fun to be had, right? 😀

      November 19, 2019 at 8:27 am Reply
  • Kimberly

    I really like this. True farmhouse look instead of something that you can tell is mass produced.

    November 19, 2019 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for getting it. I am a sucker for a story and an antique.

      November 19, 2019 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Hi Larissa, what a great video tour of your home projects! You latest project is unique, pretty and so very useful! I’m looking forward to your family room reveal. Have a great week.

    November 19, 2019 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! What fun it is for me to share, especially the look-back tour.

      November 19, 2019 at 11:06 am Reply
  • Cate

    Larissa, I just loved listening to your video and viewing your home. You have a wonderful, sweet voice that’s such a pleasure to listen to.
    Sorry about your Dad’s ladder, but glad that parts of it are used in various places. Just LOVE what you did to the ladder with baskets. What a fun way to store fruit! As always, GOOD JOB!!

    November 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How sweet of you to say, thank you. It is my kind of fun to repurposed the broken. It reminds me of how God never gives up on us.

      November 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm Reply
  • Marie

    You’re amazing, nuff said!

    November 19, 2019 at 12:21 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Girl…you are the sweetest! 😀

      November 19, 2019 at 12:41 pm Reply
  • Cheryl Atkinson

    Larissa, you have made such a wonderful, cozy home for your family that is filled with love. You are so sweet. I am going to Pin this because there are so many women out here like me that has never done anything like this but can learn and do it. It is a great feeling! thank you for all you do. god Bless.

    November 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Your words have made my day, Cheryl. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me such encouragement. Sending hugs!

      November 19, 2019 at 4:18 pm Reply
  • Kimmylouwho

    Great tour and love the ladder storage! Can use it in your kids’ room for toys or stuffed animals too! Thanks for sharing it all!

    November 19, 2019 at 1:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Yes, so many uses for it. I just stuck it there for now until it finds its final resting place in my home. haha. Remodeling always leaves me guessing. 😉

      November 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm Reply
  • Rena

    Your talent shines through in every one of these projects. Your house is cozy and I’m sure a wonderful place to feel “at home”. Thanks for sharing.

    November 19, 2019 at 2:35 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Such love…thank you. I am excited to wrap up our home for many reasons. I love sharing what is near to my heart.

      November 19, 2019 at 4:20 pm Reply
  • Olga

    Larissa, I enjoyed the video – thank you for sharing and inviting me over to your house! You have a wonderful home!

    November 19, 2019 at 7:33 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are most welcome, Olga. One day I’d like to do a better tour. It was fun! Thank you.

      November 19, 2019 at 7:56 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    Love all the projects you’ve shown here. Very inspirational as always! Pinned, such a great idea!!

    November 20, 2019 at 3:12 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Such fun for me to share, really. Thank you for the smile, Cheryl.

      November 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm Reply

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