DIY Blanket Ladder

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Hi everyone, hope you've all had a had a great time over Christmas. I wanted to write a really inspiring post about kickstarting 2018 off well but I'm still dragging my way through those January blues myself so instead I'm coming back with another DIY. So, these blanket ladders have been on my wishlist for a while now but I could never find one with the dimensions I wanted, or that didn't come with an astronomical shipping charge, so as per usual in our house, I DIY'ed (word?) it myself. It's actually super easy to do.

So, the first thing I did was source the wood to make it. I found some long, square strips of wood at my local DIY store which measured 34 x 34mm so they were the ideal size and with the 34mm thickness, theres no worry of the wood warping or snapping when its stood against the wall.

The next thing I did was cut the wood down to size. I needed 2 long strips for the outside pieces and then 5 shorter strips to make the actual ladder steps. I worked out that I wanted the ladder to be 170cm tall and 45cm wide so I cut two 170cm pieces and five 45cm pieces. Easy as that!

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Then comes the fixing them all together part. Thats not so fun. The way I got around it was to lay all the wood pieces on the floor, as they should be and evenly spaced the ladders steps. Then using a drill and some 4 inch screws, I fixed them all together that way. Its a little tricky to get everything lined up and stay in place but persevere!

Finally with the ladder all together it's tim to paint it. Obviously I painted mine black (the only colour that exists in my house haha) but this is a chance to really get creative. You can go with any colour, use two colours or if you're really fancy I've seen an obre effect achieved using a can of spray paint. The world is your colourful lobster (or is it oyster? hmmm).

Best of luck if you decide to have a go yourself and please do shoot me a picture if you make one, I'd love to see!

Have a good one, friends!

JT.

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