What to do with that rusty old ladder?
This ladder is an antique (which sounds better than just plain “old”) and used as a stand for potted herbs or plants in buckets that were just lying around. You can clean it up but the seasoned patina gives it a vintage look. Drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket so plants can drain.
Fill the inside of bucket with decorative rocks or shells to make it more solid. This is cheaper, more imaginative & more attractive than an original weighted stand.
You can double it for your Christmas tree stand.
I have three of these bamboo ladders which are used to display magazines. They work better and are more imaginative than an ordinary magazine rack. They would look as good in your bedroom with scarves or throws hanging from them or used as a towel rack in the bathroom.