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Mixing Modern With Heirlooms: Climb up to your own blanket ladder project!

Blanket Ladder

Home Alone is one of my favourite movies, and I know that everyone loves the house from the movie, though as adults, many of us are focused on how much their mortgage could possibly be, and what the power bill is. Sometimes adulting is hard, eh?

I’ve always loved older style homes, but fell instantly love with our (energy efficient!) and modern Stone’s Home. I also love collecting antiques and I treasure various family heirlooms.  Mixing older styles in a new, modern-style home can be difficult, but there’s fun ways to blend the two together to ensure you have a place for those special items.

With the soon-to-be delightful fall weather, it’s always nice to have blankets on hand, including quilts. I love the handmade quilt that my grandmother gave to me, where her craftsmanship has stood the test of time, of cuddles, movie binge-watching and naps since the '90s.

I wanted to find a way to incorporate this special and well-used quilt into my modern décor, so I decided it was time to add a blanket ladder to our bedroom.

This is a surprisingly easy and cost-effective craft that you can do in a couple of hours, which easily blends the old with the new.

My parents gave me an extra ladder that they had kicking around. Yes, an 'extra ladder' may sound odd, but I guarantee if you start asking around or keep an eye out, you’ll be sure to find one that someone isn’t using, or catches your eye.

This particular ladder actually came from an old bunk bed, and was a perfect size for my bedroom. Blanket ladders also make a really nice addition to living rooms, or even to take out to an outdoor fire pit for guests to snag a blanket. 

There are many styles of ladders, some with an older look, round rungs or square, and many other styles that would work perfectly in any room. For this project, I decided to put a modern twist on it by painting half of it white, and leaving the other half the original wood finish. Now finished, the ladder not only helps blend old and new styles together, it itself is a mixed piece as well.

Here are some tips to make a seriously easy, DIY blanket ladder to blend your own styles:

        • If the ladder has been sitting in an attic or somewhere dusty, make sure to give it a good cleaning or dust it off. Paint doesn't stick well (or at all) to dirt and dust. 

       • Depending on the finish of the ladder, you made need to sand the project to ensure a clean, smooth coat of paint

       • To ensure that my lines were straight, I measured the step, which in this case was 12” across. I cut a piece of painter’s tape to 5”. This allowed me to take my 1” piece of painter’s tape, and line it up perfectly with this marker to create a perfect taped lined on the rung at the 6” centre point.

       • I taped off each step and painted half of the ladder using a flat-white paint. I loved the contrast of the glossy wood finish with a nice flat white paint.

       • Once dry, I placed it in my bedroom to store my quilt during those insufferable warm summer nights, or to be ready to curl up with in the fall.

Quick style tip: You can fold one blanket so it drapes over the entire ladder, or a neat little touch is to fold a blanket on each rung, tucking each in behind the rung below it to keep a tidy line.

Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022