Do you have any scrap wood laying around and a few hours to kill?
Is it a huge saftey hazard in your garage that you are constantly herding your children away from?
Are you also afraid of what creepy crawly, spidery things might try to make a home in that pile of scrap wood?
We were able to make this adorable DIY Blanket Ladder using that leftover wood for free ~ and we were able to make our garage a safer place for little ones and a momma much happier.
Here’s how we did it.
In our garage, we’ve been storing this pile of wood that we saved from some repairs we made to our deck last summer. It was aged just right and too pretty to take to the dump.
Honestly, that stack of wood was in the way and was starting to worry me with visions of 2 by 4s falling on my boys heads! So I came up with a simple idea to use the wood and free up the safety hazard in my garage.
It’s so easy peasy that y’all will be making one this weekend! Sources with affiliate links are provided for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure here.
DIY Blanket Ladder
- First we chose the pieces we were going to use and made fresh cuts to the ends with our Miter Saw.
2. The most important thing we did next was lightly sand the pieces and wash them thoroughly since our wood was old pressure treated lumber exposed to the elements.
And I didn’t want any of those creepy crawlies left around! Especially on my soft blankets!
3. As you can see above, my pieces weren’t the same color after the sand/wash step. So I used a little Valspar antiquing glaze to add uniformity to the pieces paying particular attention to the cut ends.
4. Then we eyeballed where the braces would go, took a measurement and assembled it. This is where your carpenter’s square comes in handy to make sure your ‘rungs’ are level.
Of course, little hands had to join in on their build as well.
Moments like these make for wonderful times of teaching and gave the boys a chance to be manly men next to their Daddy!
It was a fun family afternoon.
Seriously – it was the easiest DIY project we’ve ever done! It only took us about 2 hours total including the little teaching moments.
Since we were planning on placing this against the wall, one design feature we opted for was to make angle cuts to the legs to allow for an easier ‘lean’ on the wall. I also added felt pads to the feet and also to the top where it leaned against the wall.
It looks nice and aged and is certainly a perfect fit for an empty corner.
I placed our surveyor’s stick that we found for free on a trash run to the dump.
How awesome is that piece! I still can’t believe someone was throwing that away!
I also moved my Hand Painted Window into my…..window.
Is that weird? I so loved how the light came thru the panes and highlighted the scripture.
So what do you think? Will you be making one of these?
Have fun making one of these and if you do, be sure to send me a picture so I can see it!