I was inspired by Susan’s faux ladder, and I knew I just had to make one to use as a craft display.
How to use crib spindles
I raided my stash of spindles, and purchased some 1x2’s from The Home Depot.
I need to drill holes in my 1x2’s, so I use this handy dandy gauge to see what size the spindle ends are.
Clamp ladder sides together
I clamped the two sides together so the rungs will match up on each side. Drilling through both boards was really tough on my bum shoulder. It hurt really bad that night, but it’s feeling better now.
Wood glue secures spindles
To hold the rungs in place, I reached for my favorite Gorilla Wood Glue.
I glued all the rungs in place, and then proceeded to put the other side piece on top of all the rungs.
tap, tap, tap with my rubber mallet
voila! we have a craft display ladder!
Paint DIY Ladder used for Craft Display
I wanted to use my Tricycle Red from MMS (Milk Paint), but I already know how it reacts to the new lumber, so I put a quick coat of dark walnut spray paint on the ladder.
It’s a really pretty color, don’t you think?
You can see how bright the red paint looks when it is first applied.
It quickly changes to THE best shade of red!
You can see that mine is quite different from the inspiration piece from Susan, very tall!
I just love the way my rustic signs look against this red.
I found some hooks in my hardware stash that work perfectly to hold the signs.
It's a great idea to have many different craft display options when you're selling in a booth.
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.