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I am very sorry that it has taken me a while to post. I was working on a VERY special project for The Honey and it toke up every little bit of my free time.

Ok back to business.

I was on the hunt for something that I could make a coffee station out of. I had the perfect little spot in our eat-in kitchen area. The only problem was that it had to be under 35″ long. I scoured all the yard sale sites, craigslist, and LetGo. Finally one day my friend Marie asked me if I wanted their dry sink… I asked her to send me a pic-

YIKES!

I’ve never done a furniture makeover, and maybe I was biting off a little more than I could chew. But I’m one for a challenge so what the heck.

Who am I to turn down free furniture anyway?

She dropped it off and I got to work.

First The Honey and The Kid sanded the paint off the top with the hand sander. They used 80 grit then 120 grit.

Then I wiped the whole thing down with a damp rag to get the saw dust off.

Next I put the door back together with some wood glue and little nails, and I took all the hardware off.

By this point I was starting to get excited. I pulled all the drawers off and set them with the door. I didn’t want to have to sand the whole piece down because I’m lazy (its true). So instead I started with a coat of Cover Stain Primer.This does exactly what the name says…. it covers stain. Its stinky so make sure you are in a ventilated area.

Next I painted it white with interior paint in semi-gloss. I painted the cabinet and the drawers separately.

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While that was drying I spray painted the handles black.

Next up I painted the base cabinet, except for the top because I knew I was going to stain that.

Once the base cabinet was dry I was ready for stain! I put painters tape around the entire top of the cabinet so I wouldn’t get any stain on the paint. I started the top with Minwax Pre-Stain. When you are staining wood it’s great to use because it helps you to get a smoother, more unified color.

Up next STAIN!!! I chose Minwax Classic Grey and I love it!

I put on 3 coats because I wanted a darker grey color. Once that was dry I finished it off with a coat of polyurethane.

That’s it! Here’s the finished product, what do you think?

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DIY Blanket Ladder

I know I promised to post instructions for this blanket ladder by Monday, but the truth is I got caught up doing my furniture makeover and didn’t get to it in time. So here it is…..a day late.

I love throw blankets about as much as I love throw pillows.

The softer the better.

My throw blanket hoard has gotten a little out of control. If you were to visit my house you would have no idea. But if you were to open my linen closet you would most definitely find out.

My trips to the linen closet are like a Jack-In-The-Box. I walk towards it, the music playing in my head. The anticipation builds in me like a shaken soda can….closer and closer and closer I get. I reach for the knob and turn….. and POP! Goes the weasel….or in this case my throw blankets, exploding over the hallway like a geyser!

I cry for help, but no one can hear me because I’m buried under a mountain of throw blankets. I gasp for air and realize that I may not make it out of my self inflicted ocean of soft furry waves. I raise my arm in desperation, all hope is lost!

Lucky for me my son Justice comes along and pulls me to safety.

“Mom why are you laying in the middle of the hallway? You should really clean out the closet.”

If only he knew how close I had come to meeting Death himself.

I can’t help myself when it comes to soft, beautiful, furry, textured blankets….I just cant get enough of them. I had 3 or 4 of them on my sofa and it just didn’t look pretty design wise so something had to be done.

I have always loved the way blanket ladders looked, and how the show cased blankets but also stored them, so I decided me and The Honey should make one.

We went to Home Depot to get supplies with the gift card my mom got me for Christmas (she gets me). We piled everything in the cart and got in line. When it came time to pay I realized that I didn’t have the gift card with me. The Honey thought that was very convenient, but I thought it was normal because I forget EVERYTHING.

What was I saying?

Oh yea! Here’s a list of supplies you will need….

  • 1 1/4″ x 36″ Round Dowels x2
  • 1″x 4″ x 8′ Board x2 (I used a piece of Ghost Wood because I liked the look)
  • 8 Drywall Screws

Tools needed…

  • Drill
  • Circular Saw or Chop saw (clamps if using a circular saw)
  • 1 1/4″ Wood Boring Paddle Bit
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pencil

Measure and mark the center for both of the dowels. Use a chop saw to cut in half. If you only have a circular saw like we did, clamp the dowel and cut on the line. It helps to have someone hold the dowel steady for this.

Next cut your wood to desired length. I wanted mine to be 5′ so I bought 2 pieces of wood. If you want a 4′ ladder you would only need to buy one piece of wood.

Measure and mark where you want the top rung to be.

Mark where you want the rest of the rungs to be making sure that your mark is centered ( I made mine 14″ apart).

Using the 1 1/4″ wood boring paddle bit in the drill, line up the tip of the bit with your first mark.

Drill into the wood making sure you drill a circle into the wood but don’t go all the way through. Repeat this step for each rung mark.

Place one dowel into each of the holes you just made, and drill a screw through the wood into the dowel. Do this for all eight holes.

Now you should have a ladder! We went an extra step and put furniture pads on ours.

All done!

 

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