Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Building a Decorative Wood Ladder

Downstairs we have a small bathroom with a stall shower. There is a towel bar along the wall near where you stand for the sink. I can't tell you how many times I have whacked my elbow on the towel bar. It had to come down. But what to put in its place? I also wanted something that would give me room to display a few things, but still be out of the way since the room is a bit small. A ladder was the perfect solution.

It was easy to make too! Here’s how…

First, I bought 2 - 2″ x 2″ x 6 and 2 - 1" x 2" x 6' pine boards from Home Depot (I only ended up using 1 - 1" x 2" x 6" board). The pine has a rougher finish, which is what I was looking for. I didn’t want the ladder to look brand new. I love the grain and dents in the wood.

I cut the 1 x 2 down into 17″ wide rungs.
I did not cut the 2 x 2's as I wanted the ladder 6 feet tall.

I stained all the pieces first with Miniwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut 2716. 
And let dry overnight.

Now it was time to assemble.
I put my first rung at 36" and using my square and the nail gun secured the first rung in place.
Using a blog of wood that was 10" I spaced out the other rungs. Using the block of wood and square as a guide I continued spacing and nailing each rung into place.

There you have it, a cute ladder for a small bathroom! 

And it’s perfect to hang things off of…Like an extra towel…

Have a terrific day!

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  1. How fun and perfect is this. Great tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

    1. Marty, thank you so much for your kind comment. I have been following your blog for sometime and I always find inspiration in it.