Well guys, I think I solved a massive stencil storage issue over the past couple of days.
I’m teaming up with 8 other bloggers to showcase DIY builds that help you organize! They are linked up below my post.
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So here’s my little, easy brainstorm…
BAM. A cool, compact DIY ladder stencil organizer that is so easy to make, any non builder type could tackle this one as well!
This is my photo studio, where I generally just take pictures.
But the DIY part has taken over here, because it’s the only room that has the best light. Of course…
So I had a big problem to solve. I really needed a work station AND stencil organizer that didn’t take much room. Because in all honestly, this wall is all I have to work with that won’t be in the way of photos.
(I have a surplus of stencils because I carry my own line… but this would be great for those with less too! Just make it narrower!)
If you remember, I use to store the stencils on this NO BUILD organizer HERE.
Great idea if you have the space, but it blocked light and was a little too bulky for the room.
Why not make a custom ladder so the stencils could hang straight down?
Well, it exceeded my expectations. It does work! And it’s simple to move out of the way for photos if need be too!
Here’s how I did it:
Note: The double rung storage only works in a room corner. If placed on a flat wall, you will loose the upper rung storage due to the hanging apparatus too close to the wall.
What you’ll need (all affiliate links below)
closet dowel rods
cordless drill with drill bit and screwdriver bit
saw / I used a miter saw
sanding sponge or (I used) this Bosch palm sander
hanging apparatus (I really like these wooden clip hangers!)
How to make a DIY ladder
1. Cut 2x4s to length desired.
2. Decide how wide you’d like your ladder, then cut dowels as needed.
I used Fusion Mineral Paint coal black, (affiliate link) so I didn’t have to prime nor overcoat. Best cheater paint ever!
I had to build my ladder at night (bad pics!), so here’s exactly how I did it showcasing props:
5. Place 2x4s against the wall, and decide where you need the dowels. Mark with a pencil.
6. Lay the 2x4s on the floor, and mark exact placement with an X.
7. Pre-drill a pilot hole in each placement in the 2x4s.
8. Start a screw in each hole.
9. While holding one side of the dowel, attach to 2x4s with screws from the outside.
10. DONE. How easy is it to build your own ladder?!
HERE’S how I built a ladder using branches. Very quirky!
Punching holes in the stencils along a corner, they were slipped onto vintage hangers.
Friend Kim Six had an even better idea… pick up clip pant hangers so the stencils can hang straight down! Brilliant.
Cheap, metal shower hooks are another thought!
My reason is so this crate could be placed in the bottom for extra paint storage.
The ladder sits perfectly, and being so light weight, as long as it’s moved carefully, it shouldn’t break.
THIS RUSTY TOOL WORKSTATION is loaded with other fun ideas to store your stuff.
I needed this station to work for stencilling, so all my necessary gear is here.
Note paper, pencils for marking centres of boards, masking tape, brushes, paint used for the current project, etc.
Also helping out is this old curb found cabinet turned into a paint cart.
The sides are heavily utilized to store more gear. And with the cart on wheels, it’s also easy to move around.
You’ll notice the cart is really only used for a table top and a few tools… that’s because I always seem to gut it quickly to use in shoots! So leaving it emptier is a bonus, yet still handy.
I’m so in LOVE with this new little workstation! Thanks to yet another ladder.. of sorts. 🙂
What could you use custom, modified DIY ladder for?
Learn more about Old Sign Stencils HERE.
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