Old Step Ladder Upcycle | Side Table

Would you believe that we combined an old ladder and cutting board to complete this step ladder upcycle? Yep! Nothing is safe around here!

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Ideas are constantly flying around in my mind! Take this old ladder for instance. I mean, who would have ever thought to use it as a side table? My mind is a bit strange sometimes!

two chairs staged with upcycled old step ladder side table

old ladder upcycle

We had a thrift store cutting board laying around in the workshop so I decided to put it to use.

One side of the cutting board had a groove around the edge that was used to catch juices from meats when slicing. I didn’t want that side to show so we flipped it upside down.

The underside of the cutting board got a good sanding. Afterward, I gave it a coat of General Finishes High-Performance Top Coat. I usually use the Flat finish but in this case, I used Satin. It gave it a bit of a sheen.

two chairs staged with upcycled step ladder side table

what can I do with an old ladder

Next, we used a couple of wood screws and attached the thrift store cutting board from underneath. We were careful to check the available depth that the cutting board and top of the step ladder created and then chose screws short enough that they would not come through to the top.

I say ‘we’ but what I am really saying is ‘he.’ Hubby does this type of work – securing tops to our pieces. 😉

two chairs staged with upcycled step ladder side table

custom mixed paint

I painted the ladder in a custom mix of General Finishes Milk Paint in Linen, Snow White, and Driftwood. I used equal parts of Linen and Snow White and mixed them well. Then I added just enough of the Driftwood to add a touch of gray. This makes a gorgeous Greige color that goes well in a variety of color schemes.

A bit of knife distressing added an aged look to this upcycle.

what can you make out of a wooden ladder?

A side table of course! Maybe that wasn’t your first idea, but it’s a good one, don’t you think?

Isn’t it the cutest?? It would make an adorable bedside table in a child’s room. I also think it would be adorable on a front porch between two patio chairs.

two chairs staged with upcycled step ladder side table

vintage wooden ladder decorating ideas

Small step ladders and cutting boards can be found at yard sales and thrift stores for next to nothing. This is one of the easiest up-cycles we have done!

A quick search over on Etsy pulled up tons of ideas for different styles of old ladders that could be used for this project. They are a bit more pricey, but if you are looking for a unique old ladder, Esty is a great source!

I would love to know if you do a project like this! Tag me on Instagram so I can see your finished old ladder upcycle!

two chairs staged with upcycled step ladder side table

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  1. This is such a great upcycle, Cindy! I would have never thought to add the breadboard either that is totally genius. I love how it can be moved around and used in so many different spots around the house too. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for one now! Hugs, CoCo

    1. I hope you find a step ladder and cutting board to make one for your home! Let me know if you do – I would love to see yours 😊

    1. Yes, yes, yes!! I would be so honored for you to share it!

  2. I love it. Cindy! The cutting board top looks amazing, what a great idea! The colour is perfect too and of course, your beautiful styling is the icing on the cake again!

    1. I’ve always got my eyes open for unique pieces to put together – so glad you enjoyed the post Jayne! 🥰

  3. Vintage ladders are cute, but not safe for stepping on. Your fix for this little step ladder was a great upcycle, Cindy. Now you can get a lot of use out of it.

    1. Yes, that is true especially with this ladder – the middle step was broken. This ladder might go on my front porch for plants 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Rachelle!

  4. Cindy, I love what you’ve done with this old step ladder and cutting board! This is a great idea for a side table and perfect for putting small potted plants on to get some sun by the windows in winter, a stack of books on the rungs or just a cup of tea or coffee while reading away an afternoon. <3 So happy to have been able to feature your post at this week's Share Your Style #334 for you. <3

    Keep warm where you are,
    Big hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. I’m excited about the feature Bard! Thank you!

  5. I love the little step ladder idea. I have one just like it that I got at a yard sale years ago. Now I know what to do with it!! I love cutting boards also. What a great idea for both! Thank you. 🥰

    1. Hi Cheryl – be sure to check out your local thrift stores for the cutting boards. Usually, all they need are good cleaning and then sanding. Have fun making one of these little tables!