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.
Here it is in the raw, Isaac and Dad taking it off their back porch:
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Doesn’t it look rustic?
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 “hello fall” chalkboard was an easy 5 minute DIY.
If you’d like to join me, download my list of 4 recipes if you want to make your own:
Let’s inspire one another with our one-of-a-kind projects.
Meanwhile, be amazing!
4 thoughts on “Deck Railing into Fall Porch Ladder Upcycle”
That's pretty neat. Is it sturdy enough to actually use? Or is it just for show?
Not sure! I didn’t try climbing on it. The grandsons did and it held up!