I would consider myself a rather crafty person and now that I’m addicted to Pinterest I seem to have unrealistic expectations for my craft abilities. Case in point, I recently saw this post about building a quick, easy, cheap and cheerful blanket ladder. I thought – this is so easy!!! However, after 3 days of working on this bad boy I realized that if you don’t have all the tools you need it’s probably a little advanced for you. That being said – I had a great time (after reflecting back) and love the end product!
I have to thank my Mom – she was a huge help and put up with me on this adventure.
We went to our trusty Home Depot and got two 2 x 4 x 8's of knotty pine. The lovely gentleman cut them down for us so that we had 2 5-foot pieces and 4 pieces that were cut to the same size (just shy of 18 inches each).
After that we selected a stain (dark walnut) and picked up some sandpaper and wood screws. Tip: we didn’t have clamps so we ended up buying liquid nails – so if you don’t have clamps save yourself a trip and pick it up on the first trip!
Once we got all our bits home we started by sanding all the wood, wiping it down and staining all the pieces and let them dry. After everything dried we laid it all out and set the first side with glue (tip – don’t rush – let the glue dry). Even my dog wanted to help us out!
The next day I predrilled holes for each of the rungs. The first rung was 3 inches down from the top of the 5-foot piece to the top of the first rung. For all the other rings the top of the next rung starts 12 inches below the bottom of the last rung.
To add extra support I put glue on the top of all the rungs and laid the other side down on top of the screwed in rungs. Then I screwed in the top and bottom rungs, followed by the middle. After that I tightened everything up and cleaned the entire ladder with a damp rag.
After it was all said and done I was really happy with it and thought that all the pain, fallen pieces, miss glued sections and swearing was well worth it. Hopefully between my post and the professionals’ post you can make your own ladder. Let me know how your project works out!