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Remember the ladder we built?  If you missed the step-by-step tutorial, check it out here!

So, now we are going to make that ladder look vintage. First step, beat it up. I used my hubby’s huge hammer (the head, tail, and side) and whacked the sides and rungs of the ladder.

I pulled out four different paint colors.  The beige and the medium gray I found in the Oops section at Home Depot, so I don’t know the names, but the blue and charcoal gray are Behr Neptune Blue and Sled.  These were less than $3 each because I got the sample size, which is plenty of paint.

I just dipped my brush in the different paints, layering them on the wood.  You don’t have to layer it thick, or even cover the entire board

It doesn’t have to be perfect!

Once you have painted the ladder, take a high grit sand paper (I used 60) sand it until the grain of the wood pops

Then wipe the entire piece with a wet rag to ensure the ladder is free of any sawdust.  Open up some stain (I used Minwax Provincial) and slap it on. I didn’t leave the stain on very long before I wiped it off.

And here is the finished product!

And there you go! A ladder that looks like reclaimed barn wood! All you need to add are those escort cards or flowers.

Have fun you DIY brides!

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