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...


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.

Dorothy said...

I love the way you decorated it. Great idea.

Sue 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!