Hey Y’all! Welcome to my first DIY project post! I am so excited to share with you the cutest and easiest DIY blanket ladder you ever did see.
If you are a lover of design and home decor like me, and you are married to someone who is a lover a electronics like my husband, then you probably know all too well the struggle I am about to tell you. I like for all things in my home to be aesthetically pleasing. I couldn’t care less whether the sound from the TV came directly out of its’ built in speakers or a surround sound system, and a giant black box and speakers are not exactly my idea of beautiful home decor. My husband is the exact opposite, and marriage my friends, is all about compromise. He gets to have his big elaborate sound system, and I get to decorate to my heart’s content to hide it. Since we moved into our house five months ago, there has been a giant black subwoofer sitting on the floor next to our media cabinet. I have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to hide the thing.
Enter the blanket ladder. I had been wanting a blanket ladder for quite some time, but it wasn’t until I came across Regan’s super easy tutorial over at The Blooming Nest that it dawned on me that I could make one, and then stick it in front of the subwoofer with some strategically placed blankets to hide it. Brilliant! It knew it was the answer to all of my decor dilemmas, and I all but ran to the Home Depot for supplies.
Regan’s tutorial does an excellent job of explaining everything, so be sure to check out her post here: DIY Blanket Ladder – The Blooming Nest (also, she is adorable so you’re probably going to want to follow her blog and insta as soon as possible!)
I did customize the ladder a bit to fit my needs, so I will share a little bit of my process with you too.
I decided I wanted my ladder to be 6′ tall, and I needed it to be at lease 22″ inches wide in order to cover the subwoofer. You can totally customize the size to fit your needs.
- 3- 1X2X8s (We used pine) – We asked Home Depot to cut two of them into 6′ pieces for the long sides, and the third one we had them cut into 4- 22″ pieces for the rungs. I needed a fifth rung, but I just used one of the 2′ pieces that were left over from the 6′ pieces. We just cut the extra two inches off to make it the same size as the others. (See how one is a little bit longer in the photos? That was before I cut it 😉 )
- 10 mending plates – This depends on the number of rungs you want, but you need two per rung, so 5 rungs = 10 mending plates. Mine came in packs of two, so I needed five packs, and all of the screws are included.
- Measuring Tape
- Paint or Stain
Measure the distance you want between your rungs. I did about 12″ between each rung with a little less on the top and bottom.
Drill in the mending plates at each intersection
If you want to smooth out your wood a little bit now is the time to give it a quick sanding. Clean up any leftover sawdust, and then you are ready to paint or stain!
I decided to make this project my very first chalk paint victim, since I have a couple of furniture pieces that I want to chalk paint and I figured this would be a good one to practice on. I don’t know what I was worried about – chalk painting is really super simple! Because this was my first time, I didn’t spring for Annie Sloan chalk paint for fear that I would mess it up and waste all of that money. I found this Americana Decor chalk paint and wax at Hobby Lobby and it worked just fine. Now that I know how easy it is, I will definitely be getting Annie Sloan for my big furniture projects. Stay tuned for that!
I am by no means an expert, so I will just quickly walk you through the chalk painting process, but there are so many amazing chalk paint tutorials out there, so be sure to look one up if you want something a little more in depth.
You will need:
- Chalk Paint
- Clear Wax
- Dark Wax (optional)
- wax brush or clean lint free rag
Apply 2-3 coats of chalk paint with your brush, letting each coat dry in between. It dries pretty quickly, so I only waited 10-15 minutes each time. I ended up needing 3 coats to get the coverage I wanted.
Once your last coat is fully dry, take your sandpaper and rough it up a bit. Distress in areas that would naturally show signs of wear over time such as edges, corners, and on the rungs. (please disregard my messy workbench. We always seem to have a thousand projects going on at once!)
After you have distressed and cleaned off any paint dust, you are ready to wax. Dip your brush in to get a little bit of wax, brush it on, and wipe it off. Do this section by section until the whole piece is waxed.
If you are going for a more aged distressed look, you can apply a little bit of dark wax after your clear wax is dry. For this step just dip your brush into a tiny bit of the dark wax. Brush it very lightly over any crevices and distressed spots where you want it to look a little more dirty or worn, and then immediately wipe it off with your rag. This stuff stains really quickly and you don’t want big brown spots all over your piece, so remember to use just a tiny bit and wipe off immediately. You can also dip your rag in the clear wax and wipe it over the dark waxed portion to take some off. I did that a lot because I was tending to get a little wax happy.
This is a close up of my finished ladder. See how the dark wax is really subtle and just takes away the bright white-ness and gives it a more aged look? That’s exactly what you want it to do.
I allowed the wax the dry overnight and then brought it in the next day. I used my rag to buff it out a little bit and voila! I am so happy with the way it turned out, and I love that it camouflages the subwoofer! (see it peeking out from underneath the ladder?)
If you try this or any of the projects that I share I would love to see them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @belleamourblog so I can see your finished project.
Have a great week!