Ash shared her DIY metal pipe plate rack a few weeks ago, and I immediately got metal pipe envy. Seriously… It’s so darn cute. I’ve also been itching for a blanket ladder ever since she made hers. So, I came up with this! Check out my DIY wood and metal pipe blanket ladder!
How cute is that? This may be one of the easiest projects ever, making it even cuter, don’t you think?? 😉
This makes the perfect nap time project
2 – 2 x 4 studs
5 – 1/2″ galvanized metal pipes at 18″ a piece (I got mine at Home Depot)
10 – 1/2″ galvanized metal caps
Ryobi 1″ Forstner bit
This ladder is right around $40. You can only do 4 metal pipes and it cuts off about $9 from the total cost. I was fine with $40 since it had a fun and different look and tons of function!
My first step was cutting the 2×4. I cut each one at 60″.
Next, I made the holes. I used my Ryobi drill and the forstner bit for this part. The forstner bit looks like this and comes in this set!
I clamped my wood pieces down to my workbench on a separate scrap piece of wood. I ran the bit all the way through the 2×4 and into the scrap wood. This helps keep the edges I cut nice and smooth. It is really important to be precise on your measurements here. Neither the wood or metal have any give to them, so if you are off it can be really hard to get your pipes in on the later steps.
Here is where I lined up my holes on both boards.
Once that was finished, I stained it! I chose to use a color called wheat from Rust-Oleum. I LOVE this stain. It dries in under and hour, and requires only one coat. Just brush it on and then use an old rag or wiping cloth to remove all the excess.
Once it was dry, I used my Corner Cat sander to distress the whole thing. I used an 80-grit paper on it, and basically removed lots of the stain I put on it, especially around my edges and corners. This gives it a fun, vintage finish!
Now to add the pipes! These are the metal pipes I used from Home Depot. They are 1/2″ galvanized pipes, and they are each 18″ long.
I just put one in each set of holes and let the threaded end stick out over the edge.
Finally, I screwed the caps on over the threaded ends. Now, this part does require a bit of elbow grease. Some of these just screwed right on, and others only about half way, and required some help from my pliers to go any more. Not all of mine are screwed on the exact same, so some of my pipes do hang over a bit more than others. It doesn’t bother me, though. I think it adds to the look.
Here she is all finished up!
And, I love that I can move it to any room in the house and it still looks super cute!
Hope you guys love it!
I would LOVE for you to share and PIN this blanket ladder with all your friends! Let me know if you have any questions at all! Thanks so much for stopping by!