DIY Mini Mantel Ladder

I've posted about many a ladder DIY 
but this one is one of my favorite!

I needed a small rustic ladder for my mantel this year but I didn't have one and didn't know where to find one so, I did what I like to do.... I built my own.

I used an old piece of 1x 2" wood I had in the basement and a few spindles from the back of an old chair.

You can read about what happened to the rest of that chair here.

I measured the 1x 2" 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 1x 2" 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 a chalky grey 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.

And here you have it... a mini ladder to decorate my mantel.

You can read all about that DIY grain sack ribbon here.


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .