DIY Magazine Holder

Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house?


And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back?


Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little chunk of wall behind the half bathroom door here in our new house, so I thought I’d pair the two of them up to create some kind of cottage-style, DIY magazine/towel holder.

I grabbed some Catalina Mist-colored spray paint and some jute-looking trim (Jo-Ann’s Fabrics) from the closet behind my desk…


…and pulled everything out onto the front porch to see if I could make something out of stuff I already had on hand.

The metal basket was actually coated in some kind of rubber-y substance, so it took about four coats of Catalina Mist to completely cover it, but once it was totally dry, I just threaded the trim through the slots on the back side of the basket, and then hammered a couple of upholstery tacks through it (on the back side of the ladder rung) to hold it in place.


I used some Tacky Glue (that dries clear) on the end of each piece of trim to keep it from unraveling.


We’re going to secure the ladder to the wall this weekend, and then we’re looking forward to shooting and blogging about the whole finished room as soon as we’ve got the mirror and accessories in place. We’ve really enjoyed dreaming up ideas for this itty-bitty space, and I look forward to sharing the end results with you very soon!

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  1. Ter'e says

    Cannot wait to see this room. I know it is going to be just precious. It’s your very tiny hints that I love best! I now walk thru my house and know nothing is sacred. I get so excited to “paint it and change it up”.

    I am a wild woman at the Goodwill. If it has good strong lines, it is changeable!

  2. Jan says

    Literally, with one minute of seeing this post, I had my coat and garden boots on and I was out the door to retrieve a metal basket that I was keeping kindling in. That puppy will hang from the ladder towel rack in my bathroom before the day is done! I just need the web strapping (or maybe some S hooks) and I will call it good! Thanks, Layla!

  3. Teresa says

    Love it! Really likin’ that ladder…
    Need to find one!
    The bead board is such a great look. I love all your ideas!

  4. erica says

    my mom and i swap decor all the time. she also loves to buy me knik knaks at yard sales which i spray paint becuz i love to spray paint anything and everything

  5. Tara says

    We are working on this project now ;)) how did you secure the ladder to the wall? Probably a good ides with two kiddos in the house.

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