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DIY Countertop Kitchen Tea Towel Ladder

Here I show you how to make an easy DIY tea towel ladder that sits on a kitchen countertop. This is a great solution if you are renting and/or don't want to screw a holder on the wall or kitchen end panel. You can move it anywhere, leaving no trace behind.
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time3 hrs
Servings: 1 tea towel ladder
Author: Vikkie Lee
Cost: £10



  • Wood
  • Dowel
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Chalk paint
  • Varnish


  • First, cut your wood to length with a hand saw or chop saw.
  • Hold the two longest pieces against the wall on a slope to your taste. Then use a bevel gauge to measure the angle and reversed it (see notes above), and draw along it with a pencil.
  • Masking tape the two longest pieces together, clamp to a saw horse or table and saw off the pencil mark. Sand the cuts to ensure they match.
  • Put the lengths back against the wall and hole a 1cm thick offcut next to it, draw again and saw
  • Now mark our your steps on the two lengths, then while still stuck, drill 6mm holes through these pencil markings. Then clamp all together and drill through again. Ensure you drill about 4cm deep.
  • Dismantle and run over the joins with glue, including the holes. Inset the dowel pieces, clamp and mallet them in.
  • Remove all glue drips right away and leave to dry overnight before unclamping.
  • Remove the protruding dowels with a flush trim saw and sand until smooth.
  • Finally seal with Worktop Oil using a brush and leave for 20 minutes, then remove with a lint free cloth.
  • Then leave for an hour and repeat with a 2nd coat.