DIY Pottery Barn Bath Storage Ladder

October 26, 2012

Pottery Barn Lucas Reclaimed Wood Bath Ladder Storage 

I fell in love with this the first time I saw it. But at $279 I just had to find another way to get the look for less.  And I did!

It all started one day a few months ago as I watched my husband repairing the kids' wooden swing set.  It was old and unstable, so he was replacing a few things, including the monkey bars.  Yes, monkey bars.  They were perfectly aged and just rustic enough.  He discarded  them by the woodpile in the back yard and didn't give it another thought.  But I did.  So when I later asked him to bring it into the house he looked at me like "What the...?" Despite his reaction he was a doll and carried it inside and upstairs to our master bathroom. 

I picked up a black wire bin at Goodwill for $1.99 and tied it onto one of the rungs with jute.  I filled it with towels and a jar of bath salts with a cute little silver scoop.

The "bath salts" are actually Epsom Salts which I already had.

And if you're wondering why I placed it IN the tub, well, just take a look at said eyesore tub.  It's a huge, green whirlpool tub that we've NEVER used.  I've always complained that it was nothing more than a dust-collecting eyesore and that I just wanted to rip it out.  Well, since THAT ain't gonna happen, I'll take what I can get.  In this case, at least I have something nice to look at that distracts me from all that dust.

I may still play around and eventually add another wire basket.  But I'm really happy with how my idea turned out for now.

If you're interested in other ideas for ladders, just visit Ashbee Designs' blog and take a look.

Have a great weekend everyone!

You can see more of my Pottery Barn knock-offs here:

More Beach Decor: Pottery Barn Faux Coral

Inexpensive DIY Pottery Barn Hurricane Knock-Off
Pottery Barn-Inspired Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Chalkboard

Be sure to stay in touch:

Dont miss another
thrifty DIY
home décor post!

I'll be linking up here:

Funky Junk Interiors
The Charm of Home
French Country Cottage
It's a Hodgepodge Life
Cedar Hill Ranch
Knick of Time
Fresh Eggs Daily
My Romantic Home
Savvy Southern Style

Leave a Comment!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Oh, this looks great! I actually like your ladder better than the PB one ... and your price is so much better too! Nice job!!

Art and Sand said...

Love your ladder. I would love to have a big ladder somewhere in my house, but alas, there is no space.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great job and love the price !
I have heard some others say, they would like to get rid of a whirlpool tub.
Enjoy your weekend.

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

This is beyond amazing!

Privet and Holly said...

You are so clever,
Kathleen!! And I
think you could
actually put the
ladder up on the
ledge behind the
tub, if you want
to use it {or have
it look like you do,
for prospective
buyers?}. Love
the grain sack
"towel," too!

xo Suzanne

Michelle L. said...

I really love this! The towel basket is such a cool element!

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathleen, I love your ladder! Wow, score! I looked at these at The Country Living Fair and they were $100+! I love your basket and the vignette you set up!I know all too well about these tubs! I have one too.

Barbara Jean said...

so cute!! very fun piece.


Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

You've got some great stuff on that ladder vignette! I've seen people put planks over their tub and turn it into a big settee of sorts :) Pillows and all... just an idea.

Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily Farm Girl said...

New fan here from Cowgirl Up. I really love this! I also would LOVE for you to come share at my weekly Farm Girl Blog Fest: Hope to see you soon! Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Monkey bars? Who knew?! Great repurpose into a ladder diatraction. I've got mine hiding cracks in the plaster walls!

Jeannine said...

I love it! It's absolutely the perfect use for something that was literally in the trash! Nice job!!
I too had one of those "dust collecting" tubs, what a waste of space. Our builder looked at us kinda strange when we told him NO TUB in the master shower this time. I haven't regretted it!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Samantha said...

Great way to upcycle! I love the story of your ladder and your tub. I am a shower girl-- so I get it! Thanks for linking to Cowgirl Up. I am sharing your post on my Facebook page tonight, grab a "I Was Featured" button!
:) Samantha @ Crafty Texas Girls

At Home in English Valley said...

Hi Kathy, Such a great idea, and thrifty! The tub I would use! We have a power blue tub, UGLY and impossible to clean, so I feel your pain, but a whirlpool? Use candlelight and the color won't matter. Hope all of your family is safe after sandy. Love, Penny

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love that ladder with the basket and towels. Oh my, you are the queen of the knock offs!!

Anita @ Cedar Hill Ranch said...

I love that ladder with the basket and towels. Oh my, you are the queen of the knock offs!!

Angie @ Knick of Time said...

Genius - I love it! I'll be featuring you next week at Knick of Time Tuesday - thanks so much for sharing at the party!

Rita said...

Popping over from Feathered Nest Friday.
what a brillian idea you had. pure genius I dare say. I like your ladder much better than the PB one.
Love the wire basket.

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

Hello! I’m stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

I hope to see you there!
The Chicken Chick

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love how you used this ladder, Kathleen! It looks like you've really put it to work for you. It really holds quite a bit; functional and pretty!

Related Posts with Thumbnails