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DIY Project: Upcycled wooden ladder wardrobe

Are you looking to upcycle your old wooden ladders? We have the answer. This easy and quick project means you will be able to create a new eye catching wardrobe for your home.


Additional Items:

  • ear protectors
  • pencil
  • floor protector or cover sheets
  • protective goggles
  • protective gloves
  • screw clamps

Material Required:

  • 2 glued laminated plywood panels with an arbitrary length, 2 cm thick, 20 to 30 cm wide
  • Wooden curtain rail, 3 cm diameter, approx. 150 cm long
  • 2 wooden ladders, approx. 190 cm high
  • 8 screws with a diameter of 2.5-3 mm, 30 mm long for the boards
  • 6 screws with a diameter depending on the perforated tape, 15 mm to 20 mm long
  • Perforated tape, 24 cm (cut into 2 x 12 cm sections using end cutting pliers)
  • Paint

 South Africa
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Step 1: Measure and cut the boards to size

  1. Measure out the boards to a length of 120cm and 115cm using a tape measure.
  2. Make sure to clamp down the boards with screw clamps to the work bench.
  3. Cut the boards to size using a jigsaw.
  4. Sand down the edges using a multi-sander. Don't put too much pressure on the sander and make sure to keep it flat for the best results and a smooth finish.
  5. To remove dust use a vacuum as this will also help to keep the work surface clean.

Step 2: Position the ladders

  1. Lay down the ladders and position them so that their side rails are angled towards each other.
  2. Place the longer board onto the bottom rung and fix it in place using two of the longer screws on each side.
  3. Turn the ladder round in order to be able to fix the shorter board up to the next rung in an offset position. Again, use two of the longer screws on each side.

Step 3: Assemble

  1. Mark the centre on the top rung of each side rail.
  2. Place the curtain rail on the top rungs and wrap the perforated tape around it on each side.
  3. Pre-drill the fixing holes using a cordless drill/driver.
  4. Use a cordless screwdriver to attach the perforated tape with the short screws.

Paint your upcycled ladder wardrobe a classic white or trendy greenery. Use a paint spray system or a paintbrush to personalize your wooden boards. For the best results, you should leave a two hand-width clearance between the paint spray system and the project.

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