Decorative Ladder

Decorative Ladder


I’ve always loved decorative ladders. I could never really find the look I loved so when I stumbled upon this ladder DIY on the Design Confidential blog, I was really excited because now I can make it myself. So don’t be intimidated by all the materials you see here, we actually picked all of this up and got it cut for under $30 at Home Hardware. It’s actually pretty easy to assemble, let me show you how. So we got two 2 x 3 cut into 7 ft lengths, and we got a 1″ dowel cut into 5 pieces at 15-1/2″. The first step is to measure out where your dowels are going to go and I’m going to put mine at 14″ apart. So just go ahead and mark it and you also want it placed evenly in the center which is about a 1-1/4″. So I’m just going to keep going with my 14″ for the whole length and going to do the same thing on the other piece of wood. Alright so next step, time to get out the power tools so unless you have someone to help you, you’re going to want to clamp this down because you don’t want this going anywhere. So remembering that your dowels are 1″ in diameter, you’re going to want a 1″ spade bit attached to your drill. And I’m not going to be going all the way through with this, only about 1/2″ deep. So now that I’m all done drilling, I’m ready to assemble and I’m going to put everything together with Gorilla Glue. It works right on wood so this is going to be easy. Ryan and I are going to line up all the pieces and then quickly fill all the holes with glue. So we’re going to begin by putting glue in all the holes first and you’re just gonna need a little bit because Gorilla Glue does expand. So Ryan’s going to help me flip this and we’re going to work horizontally to get these all holding together. So one dowel at a time, we’re just going to pop them in and clamp them. So I’m just going to leave this clamped up for a few more hours. And I’m actually kind of liking this raw finish so I’m going to leave it like this but feel free to be creative. Paint it, stain it, whatever matches your decor and you’ll be ready to lean it against a wall and display your magazines or linens.

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