This is the story all about how $10 and a torch organized my living room… No, I did not burn everything in my living room – although sometimes it feels like the easiest solution.
Nate and I spend a good chunk of our time together in our living room, and buying throw blankets is one of my weaknesses. In our apartment, Nate made a crate that sat next to our couch and housed our blankets. Onto a new living room set-up… and the crate doesn’t fit. I try to act like I fold and stack every single blanket after each use, but let’s be honest – that is not the case. They usually end up in a pile next to our couch and I was getting really sick of looking at them.
This project has been on my list for a while now and another weekend was about to pass us by, Nate was already gone for work for the week and I was determined to get this done. I am proud to say that this DIY Torched Blanket Ladder is my first solo construction and it was under $10.
DIY Torched Blanket Ladder
- 3 – 8ft 2x4s
- Pocket Hole Screws
- We already had these… You can get a 50-pack here for under $5. If you don’t have these – the project is under $15 🙂
- Cut 2 of your 2x4s down to 5.5 feet
- These are the legs of your ladder
- I used 17 inch pieces for the rungs/steps of the ladder
- Cut five pieces
- Choose what side of your rungs are going to the back and drill pocket holes with your Kreg Jig on each back side to attach to your legs
- The beauty of burning the wood is that you don’t have to sand off any lettering or imperfections. This is what makes the wood look awesome in the end!
- I measured 6 inches from the top of one leg and then went down in one foot increments to decide where to place the rungs. This is trial and error and personal preference. I knew that wasn’t going to use the bottom rung so it didn’t matter how close it was to the bottom!
- Tilt each rung to your preference and use the drill and Kreg Jig bit to attach with pocket hole screws
- Once all of your rungs are attached, align the second leg and screw in at the same distance and increments as the first board
- Your ladder is done! If you prefer the stain look, switch it up and skip to the last step!
- To torch – use a hand torch and your propane to burn all surfaces of your wood. This is a little intimidating at first but once you get going it is a piece of cake!
- Apply a layer of polyurethane to seal and let dry overnight before placing your blankets
Add your blankets and show your friends! 🙂
Happy Monday! Another weekend has come and gone all too quickly. We had wedding #5 last weekend and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend at the lake coming up.
My favorite holiday is coming up in a couple weeks and I am so excited! Nate and I both took the week of the 4th of July off for some quality time and cabin time. Keep your eyes peeled for some festive blog posts! We have such a crazy summer that we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to take some time off. What are your big plans for the summer?
Some of my favorite blankets to add to your ladder: