My take on a DIY Blanket Ladder
I have mentioned twice now that I have had my eye on the towel ladder and blanket ladder trends. I first posted about my new obsession in my post How To Decorate Like 'Because I Said So', and threw it out there again in my post Feed Your Fixer Upper Addiction #3. Now that fall is here ( and I am cuddling with my blankets often ) it seems like the perfect time to just own one. I could have just purchase one, but where is the fun in that. Instead I built my own trendy blanket ladder!
I searched for a while to find what version of this DIY I wanted to follow, and I found one that was perfect for me. I knew that I wanted to hide the hardware, but I found a Blanket Ladder DIY that had no hardware to hide. Score! Thanks to 12 Oaks Blog for the great tutorial! ( You can find it here ).
Here is what you will need:
- (2)- 2" x 3" x 8' wood studs
- (3)- 1" diameter 4' long dowels
- Miter Saw
- 1" spade drill bit
- Sandpaper and/or Sander
- Wood glue
- Stain ( optional )
- Paint ( optional )
Step One: Cut Your Wood
I cut my two 2" x 3" x 8' studs down to 6' each. I made sure to cut them at a 15° angle with my miter saw to ensure that while my blanket ladder is leaning up against the wall the bottom will be flushed to the floor. Next I cut my dowels into six 16" pieces, these will be my rungs.
Step Two: Make It Smooth
I made sure to sand everything down to ensure my blanket ladder will have a smooth finish.
Step Three: Lay It Down And Mark It
To hold each of the dowel rungs, I will be drilling holes. But first I wanted to make sure that the holes would match up perfectly on both sides of the ladder. To do this I laid both sides down ( dowel side up ) and used my square protractor to draw perfectly straight lines across both pieces of wood. These lines were marked first at 2.5" from the bottom and then 13.5" apart from there.
Step Four: Find Center And Drill
Using a 1" spade drill bit ( taped 1/2" from the tip to make sure each hole is even in depth ) I drilled holes in the center of the lines I had just marked. After the holes were drilled, I sanded down the rough edges with some sand paper.
Step Five: Glue It Then Clamp It
Next, place a dollop of wood glue into the holes of one side of your ladder. Place your dowels into the holes with the glue, and then glue the opposite end of the dowel before securing the other side of the ladder. Clamp your blanket ladder together in multiple places until the wood glue completely dries.
Step Six: Paint It Black
Next I decided to forgo wood stain, and try something new! I painted my entire blanket ladder black. I will explain why in the next step.
Step Seven: Paint It White And Sand It
Once my black paint was completely dry, I painted the entire blanket ladder with white paint. With this method, once the white paint was dry and I could sand down the painted blanket ladder in strategic places to give it a more rustic and re-purposed feel. Do you like how my blanket ladder turned out?