This project may be too simple to even blog about, but… you can build a painters’ ladder garden arbour… in minutes!
Yesterday I was continuing my big weed fest in the backyard and had all this apparatus (the usual… sawhorses, pallets.. doesn’t everyone?!) lying all over the place. Including a couple of wooden painters’ ladders.
Desperately needing a break from pulling weeds in the hot sun, my eyes wandered to the gate. It looked lonely. I’ve never loved the look of a chain link fence much, and had some ideas on how I could jazz it up. BUT I really love looking through it. The little park out back offers such a pretty view I didn’t wish to block.
Hmmm… what could I do to just enhance what was already there instead?
So I propped up two painters’ ladders on either side of the gate to think.
… well, I had a full-out painters’ ladder garden arbour without doing a thing extra! That was easy.
Here’s a few extra things I did to it:
Tips to make a painters’ ladder garden arbour
1. Ensure the ladders are tall enough to clear walking through it.
The height of the ladders will obviously dictate how tall the opening will be. Just be sure the ladders you use can clear walking through them effortlessly.
2. Attach the ladder to the fence for stability.
I tied the ladders to the fence with twine. You could also use zip strips, however I did find the twine worked just fine.
3. Plaint trailing plants at the base of the ladder.
Then stand back and appreciate just how easy it was to build a painters’ ladder garden arbour!
And how cute and up-cycled it looks! I like it! I like it a lot.
I’m going to keep my eyes open for perhaps taller ladders as well.
Rustic shed, meet your new friend, painters’ ladder garden arbour.
I think this is going to be the beginning of a wonderful new friendship…
Pretty simple fix, huh?
Do you have a garden arbour in your yard? How did you make yours?
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