Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

Fall Porch & Blog Hop 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

I’ve got a quick how-to for you because many have asked about the ladder I have on my porch.

It’s rather simple, mind you. Like 15 minute simple.

Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle

While at my DD and SIL’s home renovation they ripped off their deck-ish type of backyard railing.

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As for the upcycling ladder, Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Rather than toss it, I grabbed it for a future project.

This is my DH – and if you can read his mind, he’s thinking…

“Here she goes again, getting me to haul off more crap for some future project.”

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Fall Porch 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

One can of Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Spray Paint, Satin Espresso, a scraper, a rock, a Sanding Sponge (Fine grit), and voila, you have a cool ladder for the porch. I used a rock to distress the piece – I’ll show you that in a minute.

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Do a little scraping of the old paint where it’s flaking before you paint – but not all of it because in a bit I’ll show you how to distress it easily, using the areas that will flake off with a little help – to give it an original look (even though you, in your creative mastermind moment, caused it to be so).

I spray painted it just on one side, covering it well. I chose not to paint the other side in case I wanted to use the ladder later (ha! ladder later, I’m so funny) in the original green.

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

After the new paint dried, I used the sanding sponge to distress it, but it didn’t do as much damage as I wanted, so I just grabbed a rock and started railing on the railing!

Here’s a couple of videos I made for you to show how easy it is:

(No railings were injured while making this video – oh wait, that’s not true, the railing was distressed!)

Deck Railing into Ladder Upcycle2 – Distressing Tip from Val Frania on Vimeo.

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}

Doesn’t it look rustic?

Deck Railing to Ladder Upcycle 2015 {Love My DIY Home}


To see the Joneses home flip start here. That will take you to the first of their ongoing series that we started last July.

The antique chair that you see on the porch was one of my first DIY projects. It was one of my first DIYs for the blog.

The “hello fall” chalkboard was an easy 5 minute DIY.

 How about you leave me a comment and tell me about what projects you are working on? My winter projects will be furniture flips using different brands of chalk type paint as well as some from homemade chalky paint. The brands will be Annie Sloan, Deco Art, and General Finishes. My fave homemade chalky paint is using baking soda – we painted a rocking chair from Goodwill.

If you’d like to join me, download my list of 4 recipes if you want to make your own:

Homemade Chalky Paint Recipes {Love My DIY Home)

Let’s inspire one another with our one-of-a-kind projects.

Meanwhile, be amazing!

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