Let it be known that for years I have always wanted one of those storage ladders in our home.
Maybe I haven't been wanting one for years, but years ago before we moved into our first home, I saw these ladders in a friends home and really loved the look and the storage space that they provided. She had the realllly nice ladders too...the ones from Crate and Barrel that are super-de-dooper expensive. You know what I am talking about, right?
We also tried looking at Kohl's during their after-Thanksgiving sale a few years ago but the ladders we saw were still over-priced...so we never purchased one.
I just couldn't justify spending hundreds of dollars on a storage ladder and so I am glad we never bought one.
I made one recently and it turned out pretty good. And, I will add, it was free to make, basically. I just used some leftover things we had lying around (you know how that goes) and Voila, we had ourselves a pretty stylish and cute ladder...if I do say so myself!
Okay, so here are the tools I used and the supplies I used for this project:
Pretty basic, right?
I used our handy-dandy drill with drill bits, spare wood, liquid nails, a gray antiquing glaze, saw to cut the wood down to size, and a tape measure.
It took me a couple of tries to figure out how I was going to keep the smaller, thinner wood pieces attached to the bigger wood pieces...but eventually I came up with a plan of drilling holes into the sides of the wood so the thinner pieces of wood would sit inside the holes you see in the pictures above and below.
To make sure everything was secure, I also took some Liquid Nails and filled the holes with it just so the other thin strips of wood would sit and stay tightly.
Once everything was pretty dry, I went ahead and put some blankets and decor magazines on the ladder and snapped a few pictures.
I love it so much...it adds just the right amount of storage and it gives that area, that was once blank, a purpose.
What do you think about those Crate and Barrel ladders? Would you ever make your own?
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