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Blanket Ladder

Blanket Ladder

I have completed my very first wood working project with the help of husband, of course! I wanted to make a blanket ladder for our guest room, which I am decorating with antiques. I needed to make this new ladder look old and below I will show you how! 

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First you need to decide on your measurements. For mine I wanted it 7ft tall and18 inches to hang blankets on. Below are the rest of the measurements

20in on tape measure from bottom mark it! 31 1/2 in on tape measure mark it! 43in on tape measure mark it! 54 1/2 inch on tape measure mark it! 66in on tape measure mark it!

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20in on tape measure from bottom mark it! 31 1/2 in on tape measure mark it! 43in on tape measure mark it! 54 1/2 inch on tape measure mark it! 66in on tape measure mark it!

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We then cut a scrap piece at an angle to ensure that the rungs would be level with the floor once it was completed. I made a line at each of the measurements we marked earlier using our scrap piece as a guide. We did this so we knew where the rungs needed to be lined up. I did this on both 7ft pieces. 

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Next, I measured my pieces that were going to be the rungs, or steps of the ladder. I measured these out to be 18inches because remember I wanted to have 18 inches to lay the blankets on. 

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Then came the fun part of pre drilling the holes for our screws! I drilled 2 holes where the rungs would be sitting so that when it came time to screw in the rungs the wood would not split. 

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I was able to screw in all the rungs with no trouble at all thanks to the pre drilled holes we did earlier! Make sure you line your rungs up using the lines made earlier on the wood so the blankets will be level with the ground! 

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Once the ladder is all put together, I was able to sand this monstrosity. That was a fun job as well! I enjoyed it very much! After the ladder is completely smooth I wiped it down with a damp rag to get all of the sawdust off prepping it for stain! 

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I chose to do a grey stain on the ladder. The original plan was to stain then paint the ladder with white chalk paint and distress it. I liked the way the stain looked so much that I just left it as it was. Maybe my next project I will use chalk paint.

I decided that I wanted to have a basket on the top to put travel sized bathroom essentials since it was for the guest room. We stapled chicken wire to the top and i was able to hang the basket from the wire. Later on down the road I will be clothes pinning black and white photos above the basket. All in all I enjoyed my first wood working project and look forward to more in the future!

 

Let me know if you great one as well and how it turned out! 

 

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