Monday, August 7, 2017

If you build it...

When we moved into this house 13 years ago the master bedroom was on the second floor. It had a vaulted ceiling and was hot in the summer. So in 2007 when I was very pregnant with Wesley we decided to move the master bedroom to the main floor and convert a large second living room/family area into our bedroom. Sean had to erect a large wall and in the process created a loft above our bed. Here is a picture taken several years ago when we got carpet so you know what I'm talking about.

Sean did a great job on the loft. He put electrical outlets up there, lighting and laminate flooring. The only thing missing was a way to get up there. Shortly after building it (like two weeks) I had Wesley and then I didn't want to put a ladder up to it....because nobody wants a toddler climbing a ladder all day long. So this is how it's sat for a decade now. But you see, my kids aren't toddlers any longer so we have no excuses. They've been asking for months now to build a ladder so they can play up in the loft. So we built them a ladder.

We researched all sorts of ladders. Wood ladders, bookshelf ladders and pipe ladders. In the end, a pipe ladder seemed the neatest. So plans were drawn and parts ordered. In the mean time we had to do a little sheet rock work to cover up the original plan from ten years ago. We cut out a hole in the sheet rock to build a built-in bookshelf ladder. It was neat in theory but neither of us were quite the carpenters to pull it off. So we filled in the hole, pasted it and painted it.

Then Sean started cutting pipe to the correct lengths. The motor on his metal band saw melted so he had to use a cut off saw.

Then I got to sand the pipe, wipe it down with acetone, prime it and paint it. The pipe had some imperfections (it is a water pipe after all) so we went with a hammered Rustoleum spray paint.

Then after letting the paint cure for five days it was time to assemble it. Turns out we had no idea what we were doing and had to try a few different methods before finding one that worked.

All done!

 The kids love it! 

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