I feel like my downtime in the last 2 months can be described as “spend as much time as possible trolling the internet for cool/cute home things”. (gosh I can’t believe it’s only been a little over 2 months since I put an offer in on this place)
I think I’m doing a good job and on the right track since I’ve seen similar colour patterns, influences, and general decor options pop up in decor magazines, websites, and blogs recently. I’m not trying to be trendy but like to stay up to date with what’s on trend and integrate the more timeless pieces in my house. I do most of my home shopping at Homesense so if I’m really, really not feeling something anymore in a year or two it’s nice to know I can replace it without having spent a small fortune on it. This does not apply for my couch; other than my home and car, I have never spent so much on one thing and Sven will be with me for a long time to come.
The one downside of condo living as compared to house living? The lack of storage. Heck, my linen closet is only 8.5″ deep. You really have to be deliberate with the towel and sheet folding to get them neatly tucked in there. I am always cold and have a plethora of throws and blankets in all rooms. ‘Welcome home: you will never be cold’ should be the condo’s unofficial motto. I needed somewhere to store the blankets since taking up a whole shelf of precious space in the linen closet didn’t seem like a good option so I started searching for decorative ladders. 2 things: 1. these are not widely available in most stores/websites I frequent, and 2. if they are, they’re “shabby chic”, splinters and peeling paint included free of charge. Yah; no.
So I made my own.
And. It’s easy. Like, really easy. I did a quick search and saw the ladies at A Beautiful Mess had made one. I read their directions and recap about 12 times, decided on the scale for my own, did a drawing, consulted my local hardware store’s website to make sure they had everything I needed and the costs. With plans with a friend looming I kicked my own butt and got everything I needed and got to work.
6 feet tall
18 inches wide
What you’ll need:
18 feet of copper pipe (either 1/2″ or 3/4″) I went with 1/2″ and bought six 3-foot pieces because I thought the shorter size would be easier to cut and manage
8 tees (1/2″ or 3/4″ depending on what size pipe you decided on)
4 caps (1/2″ or 3/4″ depending on what size pipe you decided on)
a pipe cutter
measuring tape and a marker
(very important note: the A Beautiful Mess guide said their hardware store cut the pipe; mine did not. A handheld pipe cutter is about $6 and is very easy to use.)
(less important note: I’ve linked to what I used to give you an idea what these things are)
– measure (twice), mark and cut pipe – for this size and shape you’ll need 2 x 24″, 4 x 18″, and 8 x 12″ pieces
– applying a thin layer of glue to the ends, attach 12″ pieces to top and bottom of each tee and a 18″ piece to the center
– keep building and fitting together. Check out my diagram above, it comes together fairly easily and makes sense if you just remember you’re building a ladder.
– instead of finishing the last “step” with a 12″ piece at the bottom I went with 24″ (I wanted the extra room to use the bottom rung)
– put the caps on the top and bottom to make it look finished
– let glue dry at least 24 hours
Total cost (based on what I purchased):
1/2″: $65.64 + tax (buying three 6-foot pieces instead will save you $5.70)
3/4″: $96.02 + tax (buying three three 6-foot pieces instead will save you $0.75)
Don’t need glue or a pipe cutter? You’ll save $13.
For about half of the advertised price of the only decorative ladder I would have considered purchasing (wood finished in a stain that doesn’t even match my living room, not copper) I was able to make exactly what I wanted. Useful and pretty.
And makes me feel really gosh darn accomplished each time I glance over at it.
It goes without saying that you know you can not use this as a real ladder, right? Just making sure.