On one of our living room walls, we have our decent looking white thermostat, and some other super ugly 70's inspired brown box thing that I think is supposed to help control the moisture in the air. The thermostat is easy to ignore, but the other thing stands out like a sore thumb, and I hate it.
I've known for a couple of years, now, what I wanted to do to cover it, but had no luck. I would arrive at a garage/estate sale to see somebody walking out with "my" gorgeous old ladder. A few months ago, I gave up and decided to make my own.
I know I took some pictures while making this, but I can't seem to find them. If/when I do find those, I'll add them to this post. For now, I'll do my best to describe what I did.
(2) 8' long 2x4 studs - I looked for ones that weren't in the best shape, but also weren't falling apart
3" wood screws - I like the black ones
(2) dowels that are about 1.5"x4' - Hobby Lobby had 3' dowels, but Menard's had 4' dowels for the same price
Chisel or something to drill a hole about 1/2" deep and the same circumference as your dowels
Drill bit to pre-drill screw holes
1. Take your dowels and cut them into (6) 16" sticks.
2. Along the 4" side on each of your 2x4 studs measure 1/2" from the bottom and mark. Draw a line from that mark to the opposite bottom corner. (Look at the image below) Cut along your line.
5. In the center of each of the holes, and in the center of each end of your dowels, drill a screw hole. On the studs, your screw holes need to be drilled all the way through. In the dowels, the holes should be about 1.5" deep.
6. Insert the dowels into their spots and screw into place.
7. Stain or paint your new decorative ladder, then place and decorate!
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Like the pillow in the photo? I'll be doing a tutorial soon...and I'll have a confession to make regarding that very pillow!