I’m not one to like the super cutesy decorations or styles, but blanket ladders got me. We have tons of blankets. I don’t mean tons casually, like, 10 or so, I mean we have probably 20-30+ blankets, and they are all tucked away and inconvenient to use. K has made me one blanket ladder so far, with a second in the works. Let’s be honest, we’ll probably end up having one in every room, since I’m always cold, and, obviously, I’m a blanket addict.
He sanded and cut the wood, and I conditioned it. I’d never stained anything, or used wood conditioner, or sealant before, so this was all a learning process. Conditioning the wood before staining it helps prepare the wood, and makes for a richer outcome.
We made sure to sand out any rough areas so no blankets would snag, then it came time for staining. I did 2-3 different coats, then when the first side dried I flipped the wood over to stain the other side.
Once the stain was completely dry, I sealed it. Then, after a couple coats of sealant it was time for K (the husband) to put them together. (Next time I’ll wait to stain it until after it’s put together, as it would help lessen the drippage)
He did an AMAZING job! My staining needs some work, as I had some unwanted drips, but I know by the time we have one made for each room I’ll be a staining pro. We used this tutorial – we, being K. It was easy to follow, and we loved the diagrams. We used thicker word, I wanted ours chunkier (and it’s what we had), and I absolutely love how it turned out!