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How To Add Farmhouse Charm To A Cheap Blanket Ladder

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This blanket ladder must have been one of the cheapest finds ever! I bought it about 2 years ago in a store here in Spain and I paid 12 Euros for it. Unfortunately, I don´t have a photo of how it looked when I brought it home, but it was just a very cheap bamboo style ladder, light weight and not really special looking at all. I painted it white, not paying much attention to the finish, I just wanted to get rid of the bamboo look. Although, I kinda like bamboo a lot, but it didn´t really look great on the ladder. 

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But then, one day, I decided to go and change the finish and look of this fun ladder just a bit. I really like hanging blankets on it and also little fairy lights in the winter time. It´s a fun decor piece and adds some interest to our living/dining area. So this is how I easily and quickly gave this cheap blanket ladder some farmhouse charm!

How To Add Farmhouse Charm To A Cheap Blanket Ladder

This is the before look….sorry for the horrible photo. As you can see it had two different kind of whites just smashed on it to kinda blend in with all the whites. Not pretty at all… 

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I started by sanding it, and the paint basically chipped off itself, which I liked and it helped a lot to get that layered chippy farmhouse look.

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Next, using this white chalky finish paint, I dry brushed over the entire ladder. After that, I added some of this gray and this black chalky finish paint in the same dry brush technique, just on some spots though, not the entire ladder. 

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And then back to sanding and distressing here and there…

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And this is how it looks right now. Lot´s of chippy charm and different shades and coats of paint. 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    Chloe Crabtree
    30/07/2017 at 03:07

    You did such a great job, it looks fantastic! I recently got a blanket ladder which is natural wood, but I think I might prefer this look. Thank you so much for the step by step tutorial. Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!
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      Katrin
      30/07/2017 at 23:38

      Thanks so much Chloe, that means a lot!

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    Dara-HoodCreekLogCabin
    27/07/2017 at 15:26

    I love the chippy layered finish you gave it! Thanks for linking at The Gathering Place!
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      Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:57

      Thanks so much Dara!!!

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    Kellie
    27/07/2017 at 12:42

    LOVE this!! and my feature once again!!! love you!!
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      Katrin
      28/07/2017 at 08:57

      Awww love you too, Thanks so much Kellie!!! 🙂

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    Leanna
    24/07/2017 at 23:56

    Your ladder turned out so well Katrin. I really like the way your illustrated the differences between the paint surfaces. So much nicer now.

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      Katrin
      25/07/2017 at 00:41

      Thank you Leanna, I´m pretty happy with how it turned out too!

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    Iris Nacole
    24/07/2017 at 22:16

    I love the distressed look on this ladder! Super cute! I always like to see how people achieve the technique too. Thanks for sharing it with us at The Creative Circle Link Party!
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      Katrin
      25/07/2017 at 00:07

      Hey Thanks so much Iris! That means a lot! 🙂

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    Michelle
    24/07/2017 at 12:20

    That layered effect gets me every time, especially when it’s done so well. I honestly think that by adding the grey and tiny hints of black on top of the white just took it to another level. Beautifully done as always Katrin

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    FLORENCE @ VintageSouthernPicks
    24/07/2017 at 01:37

    That’s a cute little ladder…love the white chippy finish you’ve given it. Great idea for lights at Christmas too, as well as towels and blankets. I rarely see ladders for sale around here. They’re kind of hard to find. You’ll get a lot of use out of that, and the good thing about them is…they don’t take up much room!

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      Katrin
      24/07/2017 at 03:24

      Thank you very much Florence, you´re right, it doesn´t take up any room and looks great leaning against any wall.

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    Angie ~ ambient wares
    23/07/2017 at 18:21

    Wonderfully simple and beautiful, Katrin! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday. Pinned & sharing!
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      Katrin
      24/07/2017 at 03:23

      Thanks so much Angie!!

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    Marja Hoebeke-Pfaff
    21/07/2017 at 17:09

    Looking great! Would also be a mist wonderful ladder for crochet blankets…
    Hope you’re having a great time in Canada!

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      Katrin
      22/07/2017 at 14:34

      Thanks Marjan!!! You´re so right, your blankets would look amazing on this!

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    Elise Cohen Ho
    21/07/2017 at 00:08

    This is darling. When I move back to the beach I think I may do this. It would look very cute.
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      Katrin
      22/07/2017 at 14:33

      Thanks so much Elise!

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    Linda at Mixed Kreations
    20/07/2017 at 18:27

    I love how your ladder turned out. I really like how you added the different colors then distressed it. I would love to have a bamboo ladder for the bathroom to hang towels on.
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      Katrin
      22/07/2017 at 14:33

      Thanks Linda!! I´d love to get another one for bathroom towels! Great idea!!

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    Keri
    19/07/2017 at 22:47

    Katrin, that’s a great way to add that farmhouse charm to the ladder. It looks great!!
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      Katrin
      20/07/2017 at 02:27

      Thanks so much 🙂

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    Ellen
    19/07/2017 at 17:41

    The ladder has a very warm look to it now and I really love the distressed finish. It is also a very useful addition to keep those blankets handy and prettily displayed. I bet it looks cute with fairy lights twinkling. Thank-you for a lovely post, as always!

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      Katrin
      19/07/2017 at 18:17

      Thank you Ellen! It really does make a big difference and the photos don´t do it justice. And yes, I agree, the blankets are great on it and you know I love fairy lights 😉

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    nikki frank-hamilton
    19/07/2017 at 17:05

    Katrin, this is so cool! Easy, quick projects that make such an impact are my favorite! Love the look of the paint layers and the sanded/worn bit. It looks so natural! Love it.

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      Katrin
      19/07/2017 at 18:16

      Thanks Nikki. I really love how it looks now and I will sure decorate it depending on the seasons.

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