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How to make a towel airer

Here’s a great way to recycle an old ladder into a stylish towel airer. You can keep your towels dry and add some character to your bathroom. It’s easy to do, just follow these simple steps.

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Step 1: Ladder

First, you're going to need an old wooden ladder. You might have one gathering dust at home or you can pick one up from a second hand shop.

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Step 2: Clean

Next, clean the ladder with a brush to remove any dust, dirt or spider webs. Make sure you get right into the corners.

Handy Tip: Lay down a drop sheet before you start cleaning and varnishing.

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Step 3: Sand

Now sand down the timber with fine-grain sandpaper using your sanding block. Sand with the grain of the wood, not against it. Then wipe the ladder clean with a dust cloth.

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Step 4: Varnish

Take your varnish brush and give the ladder a coat of clear timber varnish. Let it dry overnight and sand lightly the next day. Then apply at least one more coat and sand again.

Handy Tip: When using varnish, make sure that your workspace is well ventilated.

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Step 5: Hang Towels

Once you're happy with its look, lean the ladder against a wall in your bathroom and hang your towels on it. You can also add some decorative pot plants and even use it to store your toiletries and beauty products.

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