Saturday, October 9, 2010

Ladder to Nowhere

I woke up today, and for some reason I wanted to build a ladder. I Googled some images and came up with a basic plan.

Buy List:
2- 2x3x8 stud
$1.86 each at Home Depot
2- 1 1/4" x 48" wood dowel
$3.87 each at Home Depot


Cut List:
-Cut dowels in thirds. Each section should be 16" long.
-Cut 8" off each stud.

I measured 4" from the each end of each stud and made a line. From that 4" line at the bottom, I measured every 16 inches and made another line. In all, I had six lines, each line indicated where a ladder rung would be. In the middle of each line I made a dot.Using a 1 1/4" drill bit, I drilled holes in the middle of each line (use the dot you marked.) I had 12 holes all together. Next, I smothered each hole with a good amount of glue and placed a dowel in each hole.Let the glue dry. I spray painted my ladder black.I also distressed the ladder, by sanding it all over.Display. I wrapped a banner I made (maybe I will post a tutorial on the candycorn banner at a later time) around the ladder and tied a wreath on one of the rungs. A little off topic, but I found some cute stars and spray painted them black or orange and attached them to my grapevine. Here is my whole front porch. I finally got it decorated for Halloween. I also used the rest of my landscape timbers from THIS project and made miniature pumpkins.


Yay! The good thing about this ladder is that I can use it year round...

5 comments:

Michelle said...

Cute ladder, now when your tired of it outside, bring it in and display some linens on it or some Christmas cards or grapevines... or. Hey I need to make one.
XoXo

Alicia said...

I love the way you decorated it. Great idea.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

It is a clever idea! I had to laugh that you woke up and wanted to build a ladder. I tend to wake up and want to back cookies or go to Starbucks!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Love your cleverness and creativity and your positive energy. Love the ladder and your porch decor! What are you building next?

Kristy said...

I found your through Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk. Thanks for sharing this - I've been looking for a old ladder as a gift for my sister, but if I can't find what I want, I might just end up building one like you did!