Herb Themed Rustic Garden Stepladder

June 08, 2022

Photo of a rustic wood & metal stepladder.
Last Saturday I found this rustic little metal and wood stepstool at a garage sale.  I had big plans for it in the garden!

Scroll on down to the bottom of this post beyond my project, because it's the Thrift Store Decor Team's June Party!

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Photo of a rustic wood & metal stepladder.
Here is my stepladder after a good cleaning. I scrubbed the indentations on the rungs with a scrub brush and hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water.

Photo of the Locally Grown Herbs Stencil from Old Sign Stencils.
Next, I pulled out a great garden stencil from Old Sign Stencils Locally Grown Herbs.

Other garden projects created with this fun herb stencil can be found HEREHERE, and also HERE.

Photo of the top of a stepladder being stenciled with an herb stencil.
I taped the stencil on the top rung of the stepladder, and swirled on part of the stencil using Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash.

Photo of Locally Grown Herbs stencil on the top rung of a stepladder.
Here is the stenciled top rung of the stepladder.

Photo of Herb Label stencils from Old Sign Stencils.

I cut my stencil apart for easier stenciling when I used the labels on a door sign HERE.

*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own.

Photo of herb label stencils taped on the rungs of a stepladder.
I taped the herb label stencils on the lower ladder rungs like so, before pouncing (in the rung grooves) and swirling on the herb names  with more Fusion in Ash.

Photo of a herb themed stenciled rustic stepladder.
I then sprayed the wooden rungs with several coats of Painter's Touch Clear Matte Spray sealer.

The sealer is still wet in this photo.  It dried a little lighter.

Photo of a herb themed stenciled rustic garden stepladder.
I added a small hook to the bottom of the top ladder rung. I planted a small bucket of thyme and hung it on the hook.  Sage, basil and oregano are planted in a red and white enamelware kettle and placed under the ladder.

I didn't clutter the stenciled rungs with pots "like I usually do", this stepladder is too cute.

Photo of a herb themed stenciled rustic garden stepladder.
This little junky ladder is just my style!

Photo of a herb themed stenciled rustic garden stepladder.
Especially with the red paint remnants and metal legs.

Photo collage of June Thrift Store Decor Team's projects.
It looks like a good variety of project makeovers to check out here including an old light fixture, a bar cabinet, a serving tray, a frame, old flower pots, a crock, a lantern, and a bowling ball! Links to the after photos and tutorials below.

Thrift Store Decor Tour.... 
Black Matte Spray Painted Lantern - Domestically Speaking 
DIY Chandelier Planter - My Repurposed Life Succulent Crock Planter  
Old Crock Filled with Succulents - Petticoat Junktion 
DIY Upcycled Bar Cabinet - Our Southern Home 
DIY Pressed Flower Art - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Mosaic Bowling Ball Yard Art - House Of Hawthornes  
Patriotic Serving Tray - Reinvented Delaware 
Upcycled Garden Pot - Shop At Blu

Thanks for visiting everyone!
Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. This is adorable! I love little step ladders, but stenciling it really elevates the look for fun porch decor.

  2. Carlene,
    What a great find, I've never seen a stepladder like that before. I totally LOVE the stencils you did. Great idea to add a hook, I was wondering how you had that pot in there. :)

  3. Step ladders are one of my faves to work with. Your herb garden stencil and pots are perfect together Carlene! The rustier and worn-out the better in my opinion! Pinned

  4. That little step ladder is so cute - love the stencil details.

  5. This turned out so cute! I have been working on our garden the past few weeks and this would look so pretty in it. Love the stenciled words too.

  6. You have such great finds and give them great re-dos for your funky, beautiful garden! wish you lived closer to me so I can check out your garden design up close. Flowers are so expensive now, I've decided to start mine from seed next year.

  7. What an adorable idea for an old step ladder!


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