If you ever replace your fence posts, or see some on the side of the road, grab them! They are already perfectly rustic and weathered, reclaimed wood at it’s finest! There are so many projects that you can do with old fence posts. Here are a couple of ideas of what to do with old fence posts.
The fence slats needed to be replaced on our RV gate. Every time a storm would come through, half of the slats would fall off. And every time I’d walk by them on the ground, I’d eye the beautiful patina of the wood and wish that I could grab it for projects.
A few weeks ago, my husband said he was going to replace the slats. The angelic choir began to sing!!! Oh happy day!!! While he had all of his tools out, I asked him to make a couple of blanket ladders out of them. I had been wanting one for awhile, but didn’t want to pay for one as they are so easy to make. We didn’t use any directions, he just asked me what I wanted the dimensions to be. But here is a good tutorial if you need it.
It only took my husband about 15 minutes to make each ladder. Since the wood was so weathered and hardened, he drilled pilot holes, and used self drilling wood screws to fasten it together. I am on the design team for Women’s Retreats, and we used this ladder to add some warmth next to the fireplace.
We recently got new couches (after 18 years!) and I’ve been working on re-doing our living room. The blanket ladder was the perfect accent for the space! The weathered wood looks so good with the new couches, and I can’t wait to change out the throws seasonally. A little aside on this rust colored throw-it is the softest, most gorgeous texture, and it’s only $20!!!
Besides a blanket ladder, a panel is another example of what to do with old fence posts. The builder put the electrical box and other assorted ugly utility necessities right next to our front door. It has been driving me crazy ever since we moved in (18 years ago!). I had been trying to come up with something creative for about a year to help hide it. It needed to be sturdy and weatherproof. Lowes has a section of fence panel for around $40, and I was considering purchasing it, when the idea hit me to take the leftover fence posts and build a panel. We didn’t have enough left to do the complete width that I wanted, but it’s still so much better! And now I can hang a seasonal wreath on it!
These are just a couple of examples of what to do with old fence posts. I bet you’ll never pass up old fence posts in the trash pile again! Do you want some more easy DIY ideas? Or some fabulous front porches? Or a simple way to spruce up your porch?
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I love reusing discarded items! I’ve been looking to cover our electrical panel too! Also want to shield our trashcans! Great ideas!
There you go! Around trash cans is a great idea! I just knew these were so useful!
Cute!!! You did an awesome job repurposing the fence posts. I love rustic items esp ones you get for free 🤣
Pam Richardson says
Repurposing the fence posts is a great idea. I love your creativity and resourcefulness!
Thank you so much, Pam! I’m cheap is what it really is!!! Haha!
I love the ladder! Using old rustic looking items it my favorite!
Me too, Christin! Thank you! I just love anything rustic, worn, weathered, or rusted.
ISn’t it even more fun when you make something awesome from something discarded?! great ideas, Danielle
Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
I need a blanket ladder so I will certainly be looking for some fence posts the next time I am out thrifting. Thanks for sharing.
What a great idea to thrift for fence posts! Thank you, Donna!
Kim | Shiplap and Shells says
I love how you repurposed your old fence posts! Thank you for sharing at Charming Homes and Gardens.
Thank you for hosting it!!! I love to repurpose old things, and even better if it’s free!
Carol Karl says
Great ideas. Its always wonderful when we can reuse old items.
I agree! I love to repurpose old things and make them new!
What a beautiful ladder! You would never know it was from discarded fence wood.
Oh thank you, Linda! Discarded objects are just about my most favorite things to work with! I love making something new out of them!
Heidi | The Frugal Girls says
I loved your idea to make your own blanket ladder from reclaimed wood. Your hubby did such a fabulous job!
You are too kind, Heidi! Thank you! I love to use things I already have to make them new again!
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Cindy Rust says
This is an awesome idea for fence posts Danielle! I’m including this in a ladder upcycling post this week over on my blog!
Thanks so much, Cindy! I really appreciate it!