Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket Organization

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After a hot season of summer I’m really enjoying the crisp cooler evenings. Plus nothing else says the holidays are coming like cuddling up on my couch in a cozy blanket with a fire going. What I don’t like is wrangling with the blankets when they aren’t wrapped around someone. They’re usually haphazardly thrown across a couch or stuffed in a cupboard, either way they become an unorganized hassle. Now I’m bringing my blankets center stage (and organized) by displaying them during the day on a fun upcycle project, an old vintage wooden ladder!

If you haven’t noticed yet I’ve been decluttering my entire home room by room, task by task each week. This week I worked on organizing my Living Room which also happens to be the place my blankets live. I picked up this awesome vintage extension ladder this summer at a barn sale.  It had been laying outside for years and when I offered to give it a home the gentleman just gave it to me! Woot woot!
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationThis is just one half. Some might not love the rusty details, but I do.
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationNow it’s not in the best shape. You won’t see me trying to scale up this old thing. But to be used as a decorative blanket rack to help me organize my life it’s just perfect. All I really wanted to do was clean it up a bit. But not the fantastic rust!  Just the dusty wood so I wouldn’t get a handful of slivers when I touched it.
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationA simple once-over with a palm sander did the trick. It cleaned off the dirt, brought out the character of the wood and smoothed out any deep dings in the ladder.
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationThat’s it!  I’ve contemplated painting it, and probably will one day. Maybe not…but I just love how quick you can change the look of things with just a coat of paint. Plus I still have the second half of my ladder just waiting to be used for something!
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationFold a blanket to fit the width of the ladder, lay one end over a rung and tuck the other end behind a lower rung. Fold and repeat!
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationBeing an extension ladder it’s really tall. I lean it up against the double-sided fireplace I have between the dinning/living room (turned playroom) and our kitchen/family room/great room. See how I decorated my Neutral Fall Mantle here.
Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket OrganizationSo next time your out antiquing or barn sale’n look for an old vintage ladder and give it new life! Happy organizing!
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Vintage Ladder UpCycle: Blanket Organization