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DIY $7 Rustic Blanket Ladder

If you are looking for an easy, beginner project, that will give you a lot of bang for your buck, look no further!

All you need to build this guy is 3 boards, 2 tools and less than $10! You can download the FREE Printable Plans HERE and then grab a coffee and come build this DIY Blanket Ladder with us in our shop!

Just click HERE or the box below to build with us!

Super easy! Right?

The steps are simple. Mark off, according to the plans, where each ladder rung should be. Attach a rung with 2 1/2″ finish nails and wood glue. We used our Ryobi 16 gauge finish nailer. The rungs should be centered on each 2×3 board so adding a scrap piece of 1/2″ wood, under the rungs will make it easy to center them up.

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Just work your way down the ladder, then attach the second side piece to the rungs.

We gave the ladder two good coats of Charcoal Chalked paint by Rust-Oleum! You can find it in most Home Depot stores or HERE on Amazon!

To give the ladder a more rustic look, we used our Ryobi Corner Cat Sander to sand the edges of the ladder, to reveal the wood. Watch our How to Get a Distressed Finish for more detail! Make sure to use a damp cloth to remove the dust left behind. You can add a poly if you would like. Rust-oleum makes a Chalked Matte Spray Paint poly.

That was it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Happy Building!

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17 Comments

  1. www.EasyWoodwork.org on May 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

    I built my own rustic blanket dresser using plans at www. EasyWoodwork.org – highly recommended you check those out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha

    www. EasyWoodwork.org

  2. Daryl Brown on December 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    When building this project, what type of wood did you use, or does it even matter?

  3. Daryl Brown on December 12, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    When building this project, what type of wood did you use, or does it even matter?

  4. Kari on November 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    If you have the Ryobi 18volt nail gun and it only allows up to 2 inch brad nails, what other suggestions do you have to attach the rungs?

  5. Kari on November 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    If you have the Ryobi 18 gauge nail gun and it only allows up to 2 inch brad nails, what other suggestions do you have to attach the rungs?

    • Sabrina White on May 30, 2018 at 9:25 am

      2″ will work fine!

  6. Anne Curwen on November 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Doesn’t the airstrike have a maximum of 2 inch nails? Couldn’t find 2.5 inch nails, then realized it has max of 2.

    • Shanty2Chic on November 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      We used the 16 gauge finish nailer and it allows for 2.5” nails!

  7. Anne Curwen on November 7, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Doesn’t the airstrike have a maximum of 2 inch nails? Couldn’t find 2.5 inch nails, then realized it has max of 2.

    • Shanty2Chic on November 7, 2017 at 1:43 pm

      We used the 16 gauge finish nailer and it allows for 2.5” nails!

  8. Daryl Brown on October 31, 2017 at 8:25 am

    How far apart are the rungs?

    • Shanty2Chic on October 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

      That info is on the printable plans that are linked towards the top of this page πŸ˜€

    • Sabrina White on May 30, 2018 at 9:40 am

      The rungs in this plan are spaced 12″ apart, 3″ down from the top and 9″ up from the bottom which makes 12″ then each rung is 12″ from each other which equals 72″ which is 6′ but you can customize it if you wanted to. Not only can you finish it however you want with stain, paint, distressed, etc. but you can also make the ladder taller or shorter. You could space the rungs farther apart or closer together and you could use thicker or thinner wood. That is what is so great about having the plans because you can either build it exactly like the plan calls for or customize it however you like or depending on what materials you may already have!! You can use nails or screws, you can use pocket holes or any type of joinery that you want!! The possibilities are endless!

  9. Daryl Brown on October 31, 2017 at 8:25 am

    How far apart are the rungs?

    • Shanty2Chic on October 31, 2017 at 8:41 am

      That info is on the printable plans that are linked towards the top of this page πŸ˜€

  10. DIY Home Sweet Home on October 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    It turned out lovely. These ladders are so expensive to buy. Love that this one is so cheap.

  11. DIY Home Sweet Home on October 26, 2017 at 11:55 am

    It turned out lovely. These ladders are so expensive to buy. Love that this one is so cheap.

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