I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel. I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools! Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools! I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option. Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me 😉
2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off. I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
1- 1×4 $1.57
Felt Pads $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly $8.48 (optional)
Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!
Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder. It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy. I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets! I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!
The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it. A great design element to add to any room and add some height.
Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts. All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one 😉
Here is the video tutorial! Hope you love it as much as I do! Click Here if you are unable to see the video.