DIY: Build a rung for bathroom success
HERE'S a great way to recycle an old ladder into a stylish towel airer. You can keep your towels dry and add some character to your bathroom. It's easy to do, just follow these simple steps.
Step 1: Ladder
First, you're going to need an old wooden ladder. You might have one gathering dust at home or you can pick one up from a second-hand shop.
Step 2: Clean
Next, clean the ladder with a brush to remove any dust, dirt or spider webs. Make sure you get right into the corners.
Handy Tip: Lay down a drop sheet before you start cleaning and varnishing to avoid making a mess on the floor.
Step 3: Sand
Now sand down the timber with fine-grain sandpaper using your sanding block. Sand with the grain of the wood, not against it. Then wipe the ladder clean with a dust cloth.
Step 4: Varnish
Take your varnish brush and give the ladder a coat of clear timber varnish. Let it dry overnight and sand lightly the next day. Then apply at least one more coat and sand again.
Handy Tip: When using varnish, make sure that your workspace is well ventilated so the fumes can escape.
Step 5: Hang towels
Once you're happy with its look, lean the ladder against a wall in your bathroom and hang your towels on it. You can also add some decorative pot plants and even use it to store your toiletries and beauty products.