Easy $20 Blanket Ladder DIY


I have a new video up on my YouTube Channel.  I have been wanting to do this project for months now, and I figured out a way to do it without using many fancy tools!  Sometimes I see these woodworking tutorials and I think… I don’t have any of those tools!  I did borrow my Dad’s electric sander which was the fanciest thing I used and I could have used a block sander if I didn’t have that option.  Only some paint, a hammer and nails… and of course the friendly people at Lowe’s who cut the wood for me ;)

2-2×4’s cut to 72 inches
1-1×4 (which is actually like 1×3.5) cut to 4 pieces each measuring 20 inches
box of nails, size 6D (large silver head Box nail)
1 piece of rough sand paper (I used 60)
1 piece of fine sand paper (I used 180)
Electric Sander (or use a block sander) – be sure to use a respirator
White paint (I borrowed some from my BFF who lives next door)
Cheap brushes for painting (I use ceran wrap in between coats.
Various Shades of blue and grey as desired (the Lowe’s sample colors are a great option and less than $3)
Poly (optional) If you are using a light color paint, use the spray poly in the blue can by Miniwax – the one in the video had a brownish residue I had to wipe off.  I barely did 1 coat because of that, and because of the sanding – this is an optional step.
Measuring Tape for ladder rung placement
Felt pads to protect the walls when leaning agains the wall
Drop Cloth

2-2x4x96  $5.32
1- 1×4       $1.57
Nails         $1.30
Brushes    $3.00
Felt Pads  $2.98 (optional)
Blue Paint $6.00
White Paint$3 (the sample size should be enough)
Drop Cloth $1.98
Poly           $8.48 (optional)

Here are some photos of my little $20 DIY and the video tutorial!!


Here is a photo to show you the basic construction of the ladder.  It is 72 inches tall, so nice and big and feels very sturdy.  I love the subtle different shades of blue, even though they will usually be covered up with quilts and blankets!  I also love that beachy, casual feeling I was going for!


Here is a side view.


The great thing is that this looks great whether you have 1 quilt or 6 on it.  A great design element to add to any room and add some height.


Here it is all loaded up with some of my favorite quilts.  All of these quilts were made by me except that fuzzy grey one ;)


Here is the video tutorial!  Hope you love it as much as I do!  Click Here if you are unable to see the video.

DIY Distressed Frames – Beachy Chic


We were at a gallery down in Waikiki and saw these really awesome recycled frames from old homes torn down in North Shore.  They were very cool but a little pricey.  We actually bought a fun print and already had a vintage looking map of Hawaii at home, so when hubby and I were searching for frames he had the idea for me to try and recreate the frames we saw and liked.  So we bought 2 plain wood frames at the local crafts store, an 11×14 for $11.99 and a 16×20 for $14.99.  Here’s what I did to make them look Beachy Chic!!

Here is the frame.

Next I used this spray paint and put on a rough coat.

After the rough coat…

Once that was dry, I used this spray paint for another rough coat.

Don’t worry if there are speckles or uneven spots… its better if there is some!

Next I took a sanding block and did some artful sanding… be specific about where you sand.  You want it to be heavier in some areas, more scratchy in others.



I wanted it to look nice and smooth, professional and purposeful so I decided to seal it.

This is the little print we bought at the gallery.

I tried to make each frame look slightly different, see how the map has more blue?


Hope you guys like my budget friendly beachy chic frame diy!!  Thanks for stopping by!

Cornice Board DIY: Window Treatment

Cornice board close-up

I have been slowly but surely trying to make my rental/military cookie cutter home feel more homey, inviting and personalized to our style and taste.  Of course all of this has to be done on a budget which makes things interesting… and maybe more creative ;).  Anyway, I was poking around on Pinterest and other blogs trying to make my vertical blind windows more appealing without spending mucho $$$ on rods and curtains etc. etc.  So I saw some cornice board do it yourself projects using foam core, batting and fabric – and I thought, I can do that!  So here is how it went…

The Before…

The After:

Don’t you love how my cat is posing?  Haha!  I opened one window and left one closed so you can see both.  There is even another window on the other side.

A little closer.  One way I was able to keep this project very inexpensive is this fabric.  I made it.  The material is actually painters drop cloth that you can buy at Home Depot, a huge sheet for a few bucks.  I made a template based on Orla Kiely’s design and spray painted away.  I wanted it to look imperfect, a little smudgy and worn looking.

This is the framework for the board.  Duct tape seemed to work the best.  They measure 8.5 inches high and 4 inches on the sides.  The length was the width of the window plus 5 to 6 inches.

I ironed the drop cloth, cut it to the right size and then took it outside and spray painted it.  Then I added batting in between the board and custom fabric and wrapped it like a present.  I used more duct tape and a staple gun to secure it.

I secured the first one with “d” rings on the back and small nail but it actually worked better to just hold up the board and hammer a small nail at an angle through the side of the board into the wall.  It has a more “flush” look that way.

All I had to buy was 3 sheets of foam core which was about $7.  I had the drop cloth, spray paint, batting, and duct tape on hand.  Even if you had to buy those things, this would barely cost you $20.  I’m thinking about adding sheers underneath to hid the vertical blinds some more.  The 2 small windows are pretty small so I’m having trouble finding the right rod, but I may add that as well.  Still, much improved!  What do you think of my little diy?


These are the sites I checked out before I attempted this project.