I hope you all are staying nice and warm where you live! We had our first official snow storm last night totaling about 5 inches.
No big deal for some parts of the world, but in Southern Ohio it seems to cause a little panic! Not only do schools start to shut down (mostly because of the back roads that don’t get a plow going thru on a regular basis), but the shelves at the grocery store become EMPTY! I sent PT to the store last night to get lettuce and the text messages I received from him were hilarious. People were getting ready for the sky to fall!! I guess people envision being snowed in for weeks versus the 1-2 days that is the norm.
It is probably only human nature to prepare for the worst! 😉
Anyway……let’s move on to ladders…..
Have you seen how people are using old ladders in their home décor? They are pulling the A-Frames apart and using them as storage for blankets, hanging their children’s artwork, and some are even hanging them from the ceiling to store pots and pans.
This looks like it was dragged from the closest barn with all the paint splatters! My heart is swooning….
How cute is this laundry room, with the ladder being used as a drying rack! Loving the rolling red cart too! Can you believe I have something similar, only black and a little bigger!
Others are using the entire ladder and adding in a layer of wood and using them for bookcases. Gotta love people who have the visualization for upcycling old items! Love it!
Source: Beyond the Picket Fence
Ever since seeing this photo online a few years back………
Source: Funky Junk Interiors
………..I have kept my eyes and ears open for an old stand alone ladder, one that is not an A-Frame but a single one like they used to use that propped up against something before climbing it.
I wanted wood, not metal, and the rungs needed to be small and not bulky. I wanted to use it as a replacement for our towel bar in the master bath. Just like the photo above!!!! I found a few at local craft/vintage fairs but nothing truly spoke to me. Yes…..I am one of those weird people that “listens” to inanimate objects!! 😉
I felt like I hit the jackpot at the Country Living Fair that I went to this past Fall in Columbus. I found a couple that I could easily see in my house. Only problem…the price! I definitely couldn’t pay upwards of $65 for an old beat up ladder, no matter how much I wanted them! My friend Cheryl had a few choice comments on my ladder addiction, but the one that stood out the most was, “why don’t you just make your own”?
Why not indeed!!
This may have been the easiest project I have ever done, and I am kind of kicking myself for waiting so long!
I started this the first day that the hardwood floors were getting installed, and had most of it done even before the 2 installers even arrived. Which is easy to say as they didn’t get to the house until noon? 😉
Here are the Supplies I used:
- 2- 8 ft 1×4 pine boards
- 1″ dowel rods – I bought (3) 4 foot dowel rods
- Minwax wood conditioner
- Stain of your choice
- Wood screws
- Wood Boring Drill Bit (Paddle Bit)
- Measuring Tape & Pencil
2) I cut the dowel rods into (5) 22 1/2″ pieces.
5) I then used a pencil and marked the pine boards where I wanted each rung to be screwed in. I made sure that each dowel rod was going to be anchored into the middle of the board. Mine are spaced about 16-18″ apart.