How To DIY A Rustic Decorative Ladder By Repurposing Old Spindles

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Begin by trimming your wooden spindles down to an equal length and flattening their ends so that they rest flush against the vertical supports. Mark out the placement of your spindles along the length of your lumber pieces with a pencil (one foot is standard for most ladders, but you can customize it as desired.) Align your spindles with the marks then use a nail gun to drive a nail through the side of the ladder and into the end of the spindle. Repeat on the other side. For thin spindles that don’t allow room for nails, drill a hole in the wood to accommodate them and secure them with wood glue for a firm fit. You can also cut the bottom and top of your side supports at an angle for leaning the ladder against a wall. 

Finish and customize your ladder in a variety of ways, including paint, or as TikTok user @kelseydaviskurrin did, with a combination of paint and crackle finish that gives a rustic cottage vibe to the finished piece. For a well-worn vintage look, apply two colors, then sand the edges a bit so the original coat shows through. For a sleeker, more modern farmhouse variation, use a solid matte black all over. If you plan to use the ladder outside in the elements, you may also want to add a clear finishing coat to keep it looking good for years to come.

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