DIY Ladder Beam

We did something crazy. & I love it! So, I was laying in bed the other day & when you look out of our bedroom door from the bed you can see the high ceiling from the living room downstairs on the first level. I was thinking about how we had the beam on the ceiling removed when we gutted the house & how I missed the character it gave & that we should add a beam there again. Then I got to thinking how we could DIY one, then that turned into what else could we DIY for up there, & then that eventually turned into how we could hang a ladder on the ceiling. Yes, we hung a ladder from our ceiling as a “faux ceiling beam”. I actually periscoped us doing this project this past weekend, so if you are not following us on periscope you might want to because we share room tours, sneak peeks of projects, & other fun life things. It’s super awkward so why not tune in? Find me on Periscope under Liz Marie Blog. Anyways, the ladder is up, but that’s about it. We plan to hang something from it or do something bigger, & we are also going to paint the hardware hanging it, but you know I had to share what it looks like before we do that…

Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!

Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
What this area looked like while we were gutting the house…

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& now with all of our progress…

Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!

Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
We found this ladder on one of our junkin’ adventures & had it sitting in our garage for a few months waiting to be used. To hang the ladder we simply measured the space of the area we wanted & cut the ladder to size. We had to cut 10 inches off the bottom of our ladder. After that we found some studs in the ceiling. We then drilled holes for the eye hooks & screwed the eye hooks into the ceiling. We screwed eye hooks into the ladder to match up with the ones in the ceiling & hung the ladder up by connecting the ceiling eye hook & the ladder eye hook with an s-hook. So simple!

Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
Using an antique ladder as a faux wooden beam - It adds a visual separation of two rooms & adds a lot of character as well!
I think the ladder adds so much character to the house, we will be adding more to it later, but I wanted to share this quick update with you guys. What do you think? What do you think we should hang from the ladder? Also we are going to paint the hardware with metal paint [we were to impatient to do this before we hung it] either an oil rubbed bronze or black. What color do you think we should do? Let me know in the comments below, find me on Facebook, & chat with me on Instagram! I hope you all had a great weekend & also, where have you hung some ladders in your home? I want to know! Thank you as always for stopping by my little blog & sharing it with your friends.. it means so much to me! xx

 

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Wondering about that chair in the photos? See the before & after makeover of the chair [here]

15 thoughts on “DIY Ladder Beam

  1. Baileywife @Irishman Acres

    …. Since you asked….. I wouldn’t paint the hardware at all. I think it looks great the natural way that it is and probably rough and used over the years, shows patina! But, you have amazing taste, and whatever you have planned will be perfect for you and your style!! ~Kim

  2. Kim Dykman

    Okay – at first I thought my favorite designer had lost her mind….and then I saw the photo and it looks great ! I am amazed at your ideas and this one is really good. I think I would go with the oil rubbed bronze for your home but the black would look okay too. I am not sure I would hang anything from it however, maybe some vines or something? Hanging things may close in the space too much and take away from your other beautiful items by dragging the viewer’s eyes up. I think you could but stuff on the ladder but not let things hang down…..the ceiling will look like it is too low? Just a thought….but I know what ever you do it will look great ! Enjoy the week !

  3. Jen worcester

    Liz it does look super cute! Adds character to the space for sure! I actually hung a ladder in my long hallway just a few weeks ago! That hallway has given me grief since we moved into our home last year, trying to come up with a good design for it! Like you I was laying in bed visualizing and decided it needed a ladder! Since I didn’t have one just lying around, my hubby got creative and suggested using some old monkey bars we had from a previous play set! I painted them and hung it, and decorated it like a shelf! Love what it did for the space! You should check it out in my fall home tour link! Would love your thoughts!!
    http://www.2littlebirdsandapearl.com/fall-home-tour-2/

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  5. Julie McCallum

    Your house is SO super cozy I can’t even stand it! I love everything you do! As much as I love your close up vignette photos, I also love to see the not-so-close up shots, to see how your spaces flow together. Just gorgeous!

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