Hi Friends! I have a fun DIY for you today! Here’s the thing- I am currently renting after spending years of owning. Sometimes I have to be creative with how I’m decorating. For example, I needed a drop off station at our front door- when I normally would hang a hook, I wanted to find a way to put my hats, bag, and dog leashes down without putting holes in the wall.
The solution I dreamed up was a DIY ladder. First of all, I headed to Pinterest. Turns out, Potter Barn sells exactly what I needed- The Lucy Leaning Ladder for $263. I think that is a totally fair price, but I wanted to try making my own for less.
- Four round wood dowels (7/8″ wide by 48″ long)
- Six 3/4″ PVC tees
- Four 3/4″ PVC caps
- Dixie Belle Gold Paint Base and Top Coat
- Circular Saw (optional)
Measure and cut the dowels in the following lengths:
- Two- 9″ pieces
- Eight- 12″ pieces
- Four- 16″ pieces
My husband used his circular saw to cut these, though you could easily have the hardware store cut them for you.
step 2- paint
I used Dixie Belle metallic chalk paint for the gold. Since we were going from plastic to a gold look it took 2 base coats and 2 top coats.
step 3- assembly
Now comes the easy part- put the ladder together. Lay the wood dowels and PVC pieces on the ground. Fit them together piece by piece. We didn’t use glue, but you definitely could. The wood and pvc fit tightly together and is very sturdy. Although I should note this is a decorative ladder and isn’t meant to be climbed.
The thing I love about this project is that you could use the ladder for a few different things- a blanket ladder in a bedroom or living room. Or a towel ladder in a bathroom would work nicely too! How cute does it look next to the DIY hairpin bench?!
I think the ladder will also be nice for sunglasses, dog leashes, scarfs and headphones.
The wall hanging was a fun DIY too! It was ridiculously simple. I just took a wood dowel and added strands of yarn onto it in rainbow color by looping the yarn around the dowel. It is such a happy little piece and could be done in any color. Plus its super affordable!
I was originally going to paint the wood dowels, but ended up loving the natural color. Side note, when we were at the hardware store we priced out wood dowels vs. PVC pipes and the wood was cheaper! I’m extra glad we went that route since I kept the wood natural.
I am thrilled with how this little corner is coming together! There’s something about making your entry welcoming that makes a house feel like a home. Plus it really helps when its affordable!
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