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We were at a recycling center and found an old ladder a bit over three yards long.  It had some old paint on it and plenty of character.

Having seen something similar on a gardening show, I figured we could cut it in half and make it into shelving for some of the propagated pots in our courtyard area.

Steps:
1. get ladder home - it was big!
2. Cut ladder in half on the same angle as the middle step.
3. Paint all cuts and exposed timber with an outdoor sealer/primer style paint, feathering off the edges so that it looked weathered/worn and accidental, rather than like it had been dipped for protection recently.
4. Attach a new top step to the bottom half, sand the squared edges off to make it look old and worn.
5. Lean against the fence.
6. Stack with pots!
Great idea! There was a house in my old neighborhood that just had ladders standing up along the edges of their driveway filled with plants. This is better for smaller spaces. :D

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