As you are reading this I’m on my way back from a long weekend getaway with Pretty Handsome Guy. I took loads of pictures to share with you at a later date. I didn’t want to say anything ahead of time (you know, for safety reasons), but now I can tell you that we were out of the country! Just the two of us! Yippee!
So, do you want to know where? You’ll just have to guess, but I’ll give you one clue: Nessie.
Anyway, I was under a strict no-computer policy, so I thought I’d repost an older tutorial that I created for sweet Kate aka Centsational Girl back in November. I hope you enjoy.
I know you’ve seen them, those adorable book shelves that look like ladders. I really wanted one. But, the price tags were enough to send me running from the store with my purse gripped tightly in my hands. I mean, really? $299 for one unit!
When I saw this ladder at the Habitat ReStore for $15 I knew it had the potential to fulfill my ladder shelf dreams.
The skeptical cashier tried to persuade me not to buy the ladder, warning me not to climb on it because it was too rickety.
Who cares about rickety, I was in love with the paint splashes all over it!
So, I hauled the old ladder home (and received funny looks along the way because it was hanging several feet out the back of my car.) Little did they know that I was about to transform that old ladder.
Tutorial for Building Ladder Shelves:
Start by measuring the width of each step (and subtract 1/8″ to account for the slant of the ladder.)
Cut them down to size on a miter saw or ask the lumber store to cut them for you. Yes, it was a total coincidence that my boards were covered in paint splotches too!
Dry fit the boards to make sure they fit your ladder. My heart was thumping now because I could really see the project taking shape!
Next cut some 1″ x 2″ strips the same width as each shelf. These are for the backs of your shelves. If necessary stain your shelves or paint them to match your ladder.
To attach the strips to the back of the shelves, use some Gorilla Glue…
…and then screw or nail the 1″x2″ pieces securely to the shelves. I chose to use a pneumatic nailer (but who wouldn’t if they have one lying around.)
Choose the depth you want your shelves to extend beyond your ladder. Then using a carpenter square or ruler, mark a line on all the shelves. I chose a 3″ overlapping depth.
Use a drill to pre-drill three holes per ladder rung.
Turn your ladder upside down and set the screws inside the holes.
Line up your pencil lines on the shelf to your ladder step.
Using one hand to support the shelf (or better yet get a helper to hold it), drive the screws into the bottom of each shelf.
Repeat the process for all the shelves.
Then flip the ladder back over and admire!
$15 for the ladder and no cost for the materials I had on hand. Much better than $299 and the best part is mine is charmingly rustic.
It looks great on my beach inspired screen porch. But, this beauty would look good anywhere in your home.
The minnow trap hanging pendant lights up my treasures on the shelves.
So what do you think? Do you like it? I bet you could build one for yourself.Oh, I almost forgot, if you are wondering what I did with the back of the ladder. Take a peek here.
Have a great week! I’ll be back soon. 😉