Stenciled Tiny House Ladder

Adding Detail to a Tiny House Ladder

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When Robert built this monstrous ladder, it was out of necessity so we could get into the lofts.  This was a great addition because using a traditional store purchased ladder was a little scary.

Now I climb without worry and it can be moved with a little gusto to the other loft if needed.

My work station is to the left of this ladder and one day inspiration struck as I held a container of Dixie Belle Gravel Road Paint.  Minutes later I took a brush to see how that color would look on a large scale.  Painting continued because it was very calming and then another idea sparked.

Paint colors for this project included Dixie Belle Gravel Road and Midnight Sky; both can be Purchased Here.

Ladder Painted and Ready to Stencil

Painting the Ladder

The first step was to prep the wood before painting.  This involved a little sanding and Spackle because Robert used screws to connect the steps from the outside.  We didn’t think this ladder would be for long term use but it worked perfectly and since it was done my thought was to clean it up.

I used two coats of Gravel Road and applied with a simple paint brush.  This paint dries fast which means you can stencil the same day.

To make sure I didn’t miss any spots the ladder was brought to the floor for finishing touches prior to stenciling.

Cutting Edge Stencil Birds on a Branch

Finding the Stencil

It took me awhile to find the right stencil because I had vines on the brain until I saw this beautiful branch at Cutting Edge Stencils.  It was perfect because it also included a couple birds; Robert even liked it so here we are.

This stencil is 22 x 36 which made it a little difficult to work with but not impossible.  I have future plans as well so as we continue working on our Tiny House I’ll share those projects with the Birds on a branch stencil.

Stencil Transfer with Dixie Belle Paint Midnight Sky

Stencil Transfer

The stencil transfer took about 40 minutes on each side because I really slowed down and I took about a 3-hour break between each side because I didn’t want to rush through and make mistakes.

Since the stencil was large I decided to use sections down each side using painters tape to keep in place.  After the first transfer I was really loving the transformation.

Get my how to Stencil tips here.

Finishing Up a Stenciled Ladder

Things to Remember

When tackling a large project such as this keep in mind that less is more, meaning because this stencil was detailed it’s easy for the paint to run if I have too much on the brush.  So, each time I loaded the brush I made sure to also brush off the paint on my wood pallet so the transfer was nice and clean.

I also used cutting edge stencil brushes which are my absolute favorite.  Check them out here.

How to Use a Large Stencil

Using Painters Tape

Using painters tape will help keep the stencil in place and allow you to cover parts of the stencil that shouldn’t be transferred.  With this stencil I still held each area down with one hand while I painted because the surface was narrow.

The Tiny House Stenciled Ladder

The Finished project simply made me smile and the final step is to apply a brisk coat of matte finish 24 hours later.

We plan to use that Gravel Road color for the trim around the windows, door, ceiling and floor in this tiny house.  Course right now I’m installing insulation while Robert is working on the loft.

Jazzing up a space with the right colors and stencils is simply a lot of fun, even in a Tiny House.

Create a Stenciled Ladder for a Tiny House


  1. daisy says:

    Wow! That turned out great! Kudos!

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – think this afternoon I’ll be working on the insulation as Robert purchased the rest of it last night… Never a dull moment!

  2. I absolutely love this! It is so understated and elegant. You have a natural eye for design, Carole. Well done!

    1. Carole says:

      What a sweet thing to say, thank you! I had a lot of fun with this project.

  3. Karen says:

    This turned out great, Carole, and really dressed up that ladder. By the way, the ladder is great too – no store-bought can touch that! I vote you do use it long term.

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you Karen – I think with the Tiny Houses where there is a loft this stencil technique will be included. Love stenciling I find it relaxing.

  4. Jeannie says:

    Good Day,

    Where can I get instruction for the ladder?



    1. Carole says:

      Oh Jeanie my husband built this on a whim as a surprise so I didn’t pictures to share a tutorial. He used 2 x 8’s for the steps and 2 x 12’s for the sides. On the side boards he cut and angle on the bottom and another angle cut that leans towards the loft beam so it rests and is sturdy. If that makes sense?

      Then to connect everything he included a brace in the back before adding the steps. The steps are secured with 6 inch 2 x 4 pieces. Two for each step and the entire project is assembled with screws.

      This was suppose to be just temporary but it works so I jazzed it up. I hope that helps…

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