A DIY Blanket Ladder is a great project for the beginning DIYer or builder. Let’s chat…
Do you collect lovely blankets and throws like I do? And those great blanket ladders that have been showing up all over the place? I love them….but have you seen the price tags? $60-$100 for a 6 foot ladder?! Aaah! What if I told you that these great blanket ladders could be made in an afternoon? and for a fraction of the cost. This is DIY at it’s best – making something every bit as beautiful as an out-of-budget piece…for pennies on the dollar.
(Note: you can find shorter, 4 foot ladders for less, but I wanted a nice big ladder.)
Diy Blanket Ladder Inspiration
Now, before I get too far, I have to give a huge shout-out to my lovely friends, Beverly and Janice over at Sawdust Sisters. They. are. amazing. And so sweet. And they’re the ones who came up with this great tutorial that I followed (with just a couple tweeks) to build this blanket ladder.
Ok, fine. I didn’t build this ladder. My beloved husband actually built the ladder. While I watched, chatted with him and waited for my part…which was sanding, staining and sanding some more. This kind of stuff just makes me so happy. Creativity!!!!!! (insert happy dance here)
DIY Blanket Ladder
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Supplies we used to build our DIY Blanket Ladder
- (2) 2″x 3″ x 8′ cut to 6′ each
- (1) 2″x 2″ x 8′ cut into 5 pieces at 18″ each
- These wood screws
- This drill
- with the appropriate attachment for pre-drilling holes (in this kit)
- wood putty
- and we used this stain (but you can use any stain you like, of course)
- mouse sander
How we built our DIY Blanket Ladder
and counter-sunk the screws.
After all the screws were sunk, we went back and filled in the holes with wood putty.
While we waited for the wood putty to dry, we went over the printing on the wood with the handy-dandy sander, to remove the black print. Kind of annoying, but better than seeing print on the finished ladder.
Then we sanded the wood putty smooth.
Staining the Blanket Ladder
Once the putty had dried, we got to my favorite part. The stain.
As far as I can remember, I’ve only worked with stain one other time in my life, so this wasn’t really familiar territory for me. (I’m normally a paint girl, you know) – but it was such fun! This White Wash Pickling stain from Minwax was my go-to choice. I wanted it to be whiter than the wood, but not *painted* white – you know what I mean.
I have to say, I was pretty surprised at just how much the stain really covered! It really went on and covered almost like watered down paint. As a matter of fact, it covered so well that I actually went over it with my sander again after it dried, to bring some of the wood color through a little more.
I didn’t seal my blanket ladder with poly, like they did in the tutorial (mostly because I didn’t have any poly on hand and haven’t made it to the hardware store to get any yet) – I may still do that, though. But for now, I’m absolutely loving this piece as-is in our living room! It provides just the PERFECT spot for me to hang all our pretty throws that we use constantly here in the winter.
Finished DIY Blanket Ladder
No longer are they thrown over the back of our couch (though I actually don’t mind that look) or smooshed into a cute basket. Now they are beautifully displayed and easily accessible – without visually cluttering up our space. Clutter is something that really gets to me and can make me feel anxious and stressed. This blanket ladder brings order to our main living space- and does it beautifully.
I’m thrilled that I came across Beverly and Janice’s site and their great tutorial – so inspiring! Is there a fun project that you’d love to tackle and just haven’t done it yet? Let me encourage you to set aside your reservations and just go for it! Most things are much easier than you think, once you get going on them.
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