July 5, 2017

Weathered Gray Oak Ladder

I hope you fellow Americans had a Happy 4th of July!! Okay, I need help. For the last 8 years, I have lost 10 lbs and then grained 10 lbs, over and over thru out the year. It's not a big deal to most people, because I never get too heavy. But it's demoralizing and driving me crazy! I am so tired of wearing my fat pants, then skinny, then fat agin. I don't really think it's my workout. I love to workout, so whenever my back is up to it, I workout. That means it is most likely food, ahem,... ice cream. Does anyone have any tips? I would love to hear them.

For projects this week,  have a fun weathered oak ladder. The color is totally dreamy and it looks like it's straight out of a Restoration Hardware catalog. These instructions will work for actual ladder use. But this design would look great for a blanket ladder, too.


LADDER Directions

If you're looking to build a DIY ladder, this tutorial from Ana White was the best. Many of the tutorials out there, I question the durability. But this one is super sturdy and meant to be used. Link -here-.

STAIN Directions

1.] SAND: Here's the labor portion. You want to use a hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper to make sure the wood is opened up, then sanded with 120 to smooth it a little. We did this before constructing the ladder, since that's much easier. 

2.] STAIN: Weatherwood released a new stain that can turn oak into a beautiful driftwood gray, called Light Oaking. This product can work on any wood, so it's less complicated than some of their other products.
3.] SEAL: To seal the cabinetry use Weatherwood Stain's Varnish and decide how much sheen you want. This is Satin Varnish and it's applied the same way as normal varnish, either brush it on or spray it on. Applying up to three coats for the best protection. Spraying is usually faster and will give such professional looking results. I recommend applying a light coat, then letting that dry. Then layering heavier coats. That will keep the topcoat from changing the stain color too much.

How pretty is this? The best part, it's practical too. Grays are such a difficult color to nail, but this will give you the perfect driftwood color. Light Oaking is layer-able, so for darker shades, apply two coats. It's a perfect look for this home and yours. 

If you're looking for other projects using Light Oaking, check out how we replicated DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Table. The Light Oaking is simply gorgeous and so easy to use. I'd love to see your Weatherwood projects.
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