I love old ladders. I've posted many a ladder DIY
I wanted to use a small rustic ladder for my Spring mantel
this year but I didn't have one and didn't know where to find one
so, I did what I do....
I built my own.
I used an old piece of 1x2 wood I had in the basement and a few
spindles from the back of an old chair...
I measured the 1x2 and cut it in half. I drilled holes evenly spaced down both sides of the wood, then drilled pilot holes into the ends of the spindles so they wouldn't split then screwed the spindles in place.
The 1x2 sides of the ladder were new wood while the spindles were old and gray. I used a vinegar/steel wool solution to paint the new wood, making it match the spindles and look aged. Next I mixed Paris Gray paint with a little of the vinegar/steel wool solution and washed it over the whole ladder. The color now matched and to give the ladder a little more character, I banged some old tacks into the wood.
Follow along and see how the Spring mantel turns out!