Over the years I have accumulated a lot of books, I mean a ton of books. When we converted the old garage into a library for me we had a one and a half story space so I got bookshelves that go waayyyy up. I am in the middle of cleaning in this photo, a never ending project.
As you can see the shelves are pretty tall so you need help to get to the top ones. I really wanted one of those neat rolling ladders but that wasn't practical and way out of my budget. So what do we do, we go to Lowes (or your local handyperson store). I purchased a simple wooden step ladder and decided how to decorate. Way back in the day some books would come with illustrations so I went through my library and discovered Anne McCaffery'sCoelura.
Once you have picked your book the best thing to do is to copy the photos instead of destroying the book. Of course if the book is in bad shape I would use the original book pages. I copied my pictures onto a beige antique looking paper and used scrapbooking scissors to cut the edges. I put a light stain on the ladder first and them began applying the pictures. I used regular glue, Mod Podge works great and glues the pictures on wrapping them around the ladder steps and sides. I then took a stamp and applied some decorative elements. To finish off I covered the whole thing in a clear coat to protect it. I did this project a number of years ago and it has held up quite well.
Looking down on the ladder
Overall the ladder did turn out nicely and is a great inexpensive way to get the job done.