do you ever find yourself desiring a prop?
but it's not a prop
that is as simple
as a visit to your local orchard??
you seek high and low
it eludes you
which makes you think of it even more
if YOU have been seeking an orchard ladder, my dears
some of you know by now,
that i am a diy kinda girl
i am going to show you how i made my very own orchard ladder!
* materials list *
2 ~ 8 feet sections of 1 x 4 treated lumber
12 feet of 1 1/4" round dowel rod
1 1/4" drill bit and a drill
outdoor wood glue
belt sander/sand paper
1 small can of wood stain in a charcoal gray color
white wash paint
a small box of baking soda
4 cups of vinegar ~
to which you have added TWO pieces of steel wool to and have let sit overnight
a pair of rubber gloves
clamp your 2
8 foot sections of treated 1" x 4"'s together
and set on a ladder to make your hole drilling easier.
start at the end that will be the bottom of your ladder
take a pencil and write "bottom" on each of your pieces
(this will come in handy later)
then mark your wood
at intervals of 10"
drill 1 1/4" holes at each 10" mark
starting from the bottom,
as i have done here
do this all the way up your ladder
* cutting the rungs *
i gave my ladder a total of 9 rungs
if you want a shorter ladder
my longest rung measures 18" long
then 17", 16", etc.
my 9th and smallest rung being 10"
keeping in mind that 2" will "disappear" into each 1"x 4" ladder side,
(1" on each side)
now simply start at the bottom
of one of the 1" x 4" 8 foot sections you have drilled
and put a drizzle of your wood glue in the first hole
push your largest rung through
until it is flush to the outside edge of your ladder
but not protruding out
repeat this for all the rungs
working your way up
glue drizzle, then the rung
if you find that some of your rungs are not fitting,
have a piece of sand paper handy
to take the ends down a little until they do
now move to your other 1" x 4" 8 foot piece that you have drilled
and repeat this process
because your rungs get smaller,
your ladder will just naturally pull in
getting narrower as you go
now that wasn't so bad
i wanted my ladder edges to be softened
as in, no sharp edges
so as hubby o'mine demonstrates here ~
simply take down your edges to your liking,
with a belt sander...
you may choose to skip this step entirely
you want your ladder to be weathered looking like i did
then we are going to faux weather it!
it DOES make a difference
put a pair of rubber gloves on
and take 1 of your vinegar/soaking steel wool pieces
and rub your entire ladder with it,
rungs and all
let your ladder sit in the sun for a day to dry
don't throw out your steel wool vinegar yet!
the next day
steel wool it again
but as you go
sprinkle the baking soda as you rub it in
it will fizz
and smell like rotten eggs
and you may feel as if this a science project gone bad
let your ladder sit in the sun to dry again.
your ladder should look evenly weathered
and it's color will kinda look like a redwood
now, for the charcoal wood stain
i used a water based stain
and poured some into a disposable bowl
let's say about a cup
i just eyeballed it!
then add warm water to thin the density of the color a bit
about another cup
i wanted a really light gray color ~
like my ladder had been sitting in the orchard for years!
you can always make it darker if it is too light for you
but keep in mind, when you paint this on it looks dark until it dries
you can use a sponge brush or a rag
i started with a sponge brush
but switched over to the rag
it was easier to use
make sure you have your rubber gloves on,
gray fingers are NOT attractive!!)
i liked my first wash of the gray color
so i then gave it a white wash
like i showed you on my french market basket
you will use an white outdoor craft paint
and water it down 2 parts water
then paint it on your ladder
and ta da!!
you have a lovely orchard ladder of your very own!
ready for your whimsy:)
i hope you enjoy this diy
and let me know if you make one:)
sharing this with:
brambleberry cottage's: time travel thursday
common ground's: vintage inspiration
french country cottage's: feathered nest friday
romantic home's: show and tell friday
the charm of home's: home sweet home
rooted in thyme's: simple sweet fridays
here's to doing it yourself!!