So remember that Upcycled Side Table I revealed a few weeks ago with the old wood on top? Well, you didn’t think I would actually let the rest of that wood go to waste did you? Exactly. So get ready for project #2 made out of the old withered wood from the broken trellis.
A few months ago I spotted a little wooden ladder at my local craft store. I instantly fell in love with it but I was not in love with the price. I generally don’t have an issue paying $30 for a piece of home decor that I love, but when I KNOW I could make it for about 1/10 of the cost I have a hard time coughing up the cash. Call it being frugal or call it a disease, I’m not really sure which it is at this point! I’ve had this Vintage-Inspired Mini Ladder on my ‘to-do’ list for what seems like forever and as soon as I found that old broken trellis in our backyard, this project was finally checked off the list!
I am really happy with how it turned out. It was an extremely easy project (tutorial below) and something just about anyone can do. And because I already had the wood and the sealer, this project only cost me $1.97. And to think I almost paid $30 for one!
This little wooden ladder is so versatile. You can use it as a simple piece of decor, hang photos from it, use it as a dish towel rack, the possibilities are endless.
The hinges were my only cost for this project and they came in at $1.97 for the pair!
For those of you who missed my Side Table Post, this is the site we found when my husband removed an overgrown raspberry bush from the side of our house. We found this old broken and worn trellis that used to hold up the bush. The natural colors in the wood were gorgeous and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
Cut 4 pieces at 20″ and 8 pieces at 12″.
Ideally, you would use a small finishing nail to secure the pieces together, but the wood was on the softer side and the nails were starting to damage the wood. So I opted out of using nails and used non-foaming Gorilla Glue to secure all of the pieces together. It worked great. Just allow the glue to sit overnight to make sure it is secure.
Pick out a pair of small hinges for your ladder. I picked up a pair of Gatehouse 1″ Zinc-Plated Entry Door Hinge for $1.97 at the local hardware store, the perfect size for this little ladder.
Line up the two pieces like the above picture, and secure the hinges in place.
Lightly sand the wood to remove the rough edges, then apply 3 coats of a protective finish. I used a clear satin to keep the rustic look.
Do you have any decorative ladders in your home? How do you use them in your decor?
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