DIY: How to create a stylish towel rack from an old ladder

A how-to guide for repurposing an old ladder into a chic towel rack


Whether you need extra hanging space, or after a stylish addition to your recently renovated bathroom, a ladder repurposed as a towel rack is a great, family-friendly option. Here’s what to do:

Clean and sand

Give your old ladder a good brush to remove any dust or dirt. Take a piece of fine-grain sandpaper and sand with the grain of the wood, not against it, and then wipe the ladder clean with a dust cloth.


Using a varnish brush, coat the ladder in a layer of clear timber varnish. Let it dry overnight and then lightly sand the next day. Repeat the process.

(Credit: Bunnings)

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