This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Since moving into our new house a year ago, I’ve been having such a great time decorating and making this place our own! Some of that has been finding new ways to store things too – and of course cute storage is always a must!
One of the projects I’ve been wanting to do for ages is converting a vintage ladder into shelving! There are so many cute versions of those out there, but I really wanted to make it my own. So I had to add a little floral vintage style! I made this Vintage Floral Mod Podged Ladder Shelving and I’m so happy with how it turned out!
My sis had this fabulous little green ladder she wasn’t using that she found at an antique fair. I think the color looks so great with my floral shelves don’t you?
I used paper napkins and Mod Podge to cover the shelves and they were so easy to do!
It will be so easy to recreate this – it could be done with any ladder! Here’s the simple tutorial”
- Vintage ladder
- Wood shelving – choose wood that is a little narrower than your step width, and each shelf should be longer than the one above it.
- Floral Napkins – one style for each shelf
- Satin Mod Podge
- Mod Podge Furniture Brush
- Chalk Paint – I used Ceramcoat Chalk
This is an easy tutorial you can create with any ladder and all you have to do is choose the size you’d like for each shelf and pick the napkins you like! If you need some ideas for you ladder for inspiration, check out this Pinterest link – there are so many great ideas!
You can do a couple different things with the base coat of your wood. If you want it to have a really rustic look, you can use barnwood or stain the wood ahead of time. I wanted mine to be really light, so I painted all the shelves with a coat of Ceramcoat Chalk paint in White Lace.
For the napkins, I wanted a different print for every shelf. Amazon was a great source for these – they had lots of pretty choices! I even found Liberty print napkins – I was so excited!
The napkins are made up of a printed layer and then one or two plain white layers. Separate out the printed layer from the others.
To apply the napkins I used Satin Mod Podge. You can use any formula, but I wanted my shelves to have a very slight sheen to them to match the paint on the ladder. If you aren’t sure which formula to use for your project, you can check out this handy dandy graphic and PDF! I’ll confess – I didn’t know there were so many different formulas!
There are some great new Mod Podge brushes too – this one is perfect for furniture and made covering these shelves so much faster. The great thing about this is that you can use it to glue down the napkin, seal, and it has a pretty satin finish!
Put down a medium coat of the Mod Podge on the shelf, then lay the napkin carefully over it. Try not to have any wrinkles, but with the thin tissue of the napkin it’s really hard to avoid. That’s ok, they won’t be noticeable once you’re finished.
Place the napkins right next to each other. I don’t recommend you overlapping them like I did – it makes it harder to see the florals.
Cover the entire shelf and the sides. Press out the wrinkles and air bubbles as much as you can.
Once all your shelves are covered, let the Mod Podge dry completely.
Once your shelves are dry, sand them a bit for a more rustic look. Run your sandpaper along the bottom edges of the sides, this will remove any excess napkin. Then sand the top of the shelving lightly.
I found that moving the sandpaper in circular motions faded the napkins but didn’t remove a lot of the paper. It’s ok if some of the napkins come off, that just adds to the charm!
Repeat for all your shelves. Wipe off all the dust, then cover the top and sides with a light coat of the Satin Mod Podge. That will seal everything up and make the shelves more durable.
Once you’re all finished, place the shelves across the steps and rungs of the ladder. If your steps aren’t even on both sides, you can add little wooden pieces to raise one side. Just paint them to match the shelves and you won’t even notice them!
Now you can decorate them up with cute decor, books, or baskets for extra storage! I think this ladder will eventually be in our guest bathroom – I thought it would be so cute for holding extra towels, soaps and other supplies.
The Plaid Creators are all sharing Mod Podge posts this month – make sure you check them all out. They are amazing!!
DIY Serving Tray Set – The Pretty Life Girls
Upcycled Window Makeover – The Cards We Drew
Decoupage Planter – Petticoat Junktion
Thrift Store Tray Makeover – Erin Spain
Princess Dress Nightstand Redo – Made to be a Momma
Babanees Inspired Stool – One Artsy Mama
Vintage Floral Ladder Shelves – Flamingo Toes
Positively Splendid – Mod Podge Chargers
Restoration Hardware Book Set – Cherished Bliss
I’d love to know what you think! Have you ever converted a ladder to shelving?