OrangeYouBold: Grab a blanket and stay put

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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Hello beautiful people. I am hopeful that you are in great health and able to stay home as often as possible. Thank you to all of you working in hospitals, doctor offices, retail stores, refineries, paper mills, restaurants and all other essential jobs for continuing to serve your community. It will not rain forever, and we will come out of this stronger than ever.

I have a cute little end table that I had plans on refinishing for this article, however I was not able to get into the pick-up line for the grocery store this week. I was able to get my hands on a bright paint color for the project this weekend, so you will see the completed project next week.

Please remember if you have to make a trip to the store to please use precautions.

I can only imagine how many blankets you have in your living room. Many of us have some extra time to catch up on television shows, movies or that book we’ve been wanting to finish. It’s extremely nice to do that with a blanket.

Blankets will give your living room a cluttered look if you don’t put them away when you are not using them. You can build your own rustic blanket ladder inexpensively, with a little elbow grease.

You will need four 1x4x6 pine boards, measuring tape, wood screws, clamps, circular saw and wood stain.  You will use the full length of the 1×4 boards that outline the ladder.

I decided to cut an angle on the ends that will touch the wall. The width of the boards that will hold the blankets is up to you. I used 24” long boards.

Once all the boards are cut, I highly recommend laying your boards in the shape of the ladder on the ground. When you have measured your spacing, you should use a carpenter pencil to mark where you will screw your boards together.

I also used a large clamp to hold the boards steady while I screw them in.

When the ladder is all put together you are ready to stain or paint the ladder.  It is important to remember to apply the stain in the same direction of the wood grain.

If you like a shiny finish you can apply a coat of gloss after the stain has dried. Rustoleum makes a clear coat in several finishes. I prefer the high gloss finish.

Enjoy the photo of a ladder I built for customer.

This is a great project to build while some of us have a little free time. Don’t be timid about this, be bold. You can do this!

Email me a photo of your blanket ladder at

Remember you can follow me on Instagram @OrangeYouBold. Have a wonderful week. OrangeYouBold? YES I AM!