An old ladder finds new life as a charming bathroom addition.
An old ladder finds new life as a charming bathroom addition. Photo Bunnings

Weekend DIY: how to make a towel airer

HERE'S a great way to recycle an old ladder into a stylish towel airer. You can keep your towels dry and add some character to your bathroom.

Step 1: Ladder

First, you're going to need an old wooden ladder. You might have one gathering dust at home or you can pick one up from a second-hand shop.

Step 2: Clean

Next, clean the ladder with a brush to remove any dust, dirt or spider webs. Make sure you get right into the corners.

Step 3: Sand

Now sand down the timber with fine-grain sandpaper using your sanding block. Sand with the grain of the wood, not against it. Then wipe the ladder clean with a dust cloth.

Step 4: Varnish

Take your varnish brush and give the ladder a coat of clear timber varnish. Let it dry overnight and sand lightly the next day.

Then apply at least one more coat and sand again.

When using varnish, make sure that your workspace is well ventilated so the fumes can escape.

Step 5: Hang towels

Once you're happy with its look, lean the ladder against a wall in your bathroom and hang your towels on it.

You can also add some decorative pot plants and even use it to store your toiletries and beauty products.

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  •  Brush
  •  Sandpaper
  •  Sanding block
  •  Varnish brush
  •  Drop sheet
  •  Dust cloth


  •  Old wooden ladder
  •  Clear timber varnish

All tools and materials available at your local Bunnings Warehouse.