Somebody asked the other day if bloggers check Pinterest to see if a project they're working on has already been done. Hmmm. I spend most of my time trying to copy stuff I've seen on Pinterest - I'm not proud!!! I love trying to recreate something I've seen and fallen in love with. I say bring.it.on!!!
So this week's project is based on a super cute little vintage stepladder I pinned some time ago.
I love the beat up, mish-mash, this must have been broken & repaired look of the inspiration ladder. Perfect for using up little odds and ends of wood that I can't bring myself to toss out. So I began to pick out as many bits and pieces of usable wood as I could from the bin in my shed.
The construction looked pretty simple from the photo of my inspiration piece, but of course, I had to improvise since I didn't have enough 1x2 pieces to do the legs and supports.
Here is the base assembly (and my only during shot because, well, I never remember to take during shots).
And I could not have done this project without a level... I decided I wanted two steps and then the top piece, so I measured out the proper spacing so that the steps were evenly distributed which didn't actually work out since I changed my mind about using 1x2s for my step support pieces and used up some left over 1x4s instead. I hate math, so don't ask me for more details - it makes my head hurt! I cut the two back legs from 1x2s clamped together and run through the mitre saw so that the two pieces were identical sizes. Then I cut the two angled leg pieces by clamping the boards together and running them through the mitre saw together at 45 degree angles. I nailed the top piece onto the legs and checked for level. Somehow it worked. Don't ask me, I just work here.
Then I ran out of wood, so it took me another two weeks before I found time to go to the lumberyard to buy another 1x4 to finish the steps and bracing. While I was waiting to pick up the extra wood, I painted what I had put together with some leftover paint. Just because.
And then I painted the entire piece with a home made chalk paint created from an oops paint sampler I picked up at Home Depot in some shade of grey. It turned out even better than I had hoped!!
And now for the styled photo:
Here it is in action.
PS If you want to check out all the other projects I think I can build myself, see my Pinterest "I Can Build/Make This" board HERE
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!