plant stand made from an old wooden step ladder
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May: Ladder Plant Stand

A rickety wooden ladder that's been gathering cobwebs in your basement may be unsafe to climb, but that doesn't mean you should kick it to the curb. With a fresh coat of paint in a cheery color, it becomes a space-efficient, budget-friendly display station for prized potted plants. If the ladder's spreaders—the horizontal braces that connect the ladder's rung-bearing base and fly sections—are missing or broken, lean the ladder against a vertical surface or stabilize it with two scrap pieces of 1x3 fastened where the spreaders would go. In any case, remember not to walk underneath your new creation—you wouldn't want to jinx your green thumb.

Pro Tip: Potted geraniums thrive in full sun and well-drained soil.
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