Would it be weird for me to tell you that I am already working on my Spring Mantel? I know the Christmas trees literally just came down (no judgement here if yours is still up, mine normally is too but my 18 month old monster decided he held off long enough, hehe). But, let’s face it… when you live in the frozen tundra and the holidays come to an end… all I can do is dream of melting snow and colorful buds peeking through! The mantel isn’t going to scream Spring just yet, but I am in the process of getting it together. You know how I like things to be multi-functional, this mantel will be no exception with a little before spring decor ; ) Ok… one paragraph in and I’m not even to the point yet. Let’s talk about the real reason you are here today, this DIY Mini Wooden Ladder Tutorial.
Now that we have determined I’m off my rocker and working on spring in the dead of winter, I’m also putting ladder’s on pianos. I should probably get out more, hah! But no really… I am totally in love with this little ladder. I mean it’s a miniature version of something big so it’s automatically awesome right? I’m not entirely sure of what I’m going to do with this ladder, but it will be on the piano and it will be adorable in all it’s mini glory, I promise!
So head out to the garage (or in my case run to avoid the negative temps) and let’s cut some wood!
– 2- 1×2’s @ 6ft (I used select pine because I had it on hand, but you can use the pieces that are less than a $1 if you want)
– Ryobi Airstrike Nailer
– Wood Glue
– Sanding Block
– 2 1×2’s @ 32″
– 4 1×2’s @ 12″
DIY Mini Wooden Ladder Tutorial
Lay out your wood and figure out the spacing of your ladder rungs. I’m pretty sure mine are about 5 1/2″ apart, but if you follow me on instagram, I’m typing this post up at a coffee shop (child free) and I can’t remember. But it’s not important… you just want each space to be the same amount. As you can see there is a bigger space on the very bottom. I think it’s approx 4″ space on the top and 7″ on the bottom… something like that : ) Like I said, you can use the really cheap 1×2’s on this project, just try your hardest to get the ones that are straight… sometimes that can take a while because these tend to be pretty twisted and bowed.
Next mark each where each rung will go with a pencil on each of your side pieces. Then, add some wood glue and using your Ryobi Nail Gun (which is awesome I tell ya!) put two nails in the end. You will want two, or it will pivot a little until the wood glue dries.
Nail all the rungs to one side first, then you can go and attach the other side. It’s important to make sure your rungs are all the exact same length… if they are a little off you can sand them down.
Once it’s all together, I put one coat of Minwax’s Dark Walnut Stain on the ladder and let it dry. Then using a dry brush, I barely dipped it into my Annie Sloan Old White (yes… I know… more white, my husband already informed me I’m falling farther down the rabbit hole) and dry brushed it over the stain, being careful not to full cover it. Here’s how it looked while I was painting, so you can see how I was leaving it a little streaky. This will dry super fast, and once it is, just hit it with your sanding block to blend it together and distress it where necessary. And when I say “hit it” I mean gently rub ; ) Unless of course you’ve had a rough day… best part of distressed furniture… it never judges you and your bad days, it fully embraces them with you :)!
Now just set it up where ever your heart desires… if it’s on a piano, well you kinda rock… but you can put it anywhere really. I think after it’s served it’s time atop my piano I will hang it on the wall somewhere!
Where would you put a mini ladder? Are you going to make one (cause you totally should), hashtag your projects with #CherishedBlissDIY so I can see.. I kinda love instagram, just a little FYI .
You might also like to try out my Weathered Wood Tutorial on this ladder.
And here’s some other projects you might like:
And of course you can always take a little peek through all my projects!
Have a beautiful day!