DIY Pottery Barn Blanket Ladder for $10

Creating a stylish and functional blanket ladder inspired by a $100 Pottery Barn design for just $10 is a great way to add charm to your home without breaking the bank. Kathryn from Do It On A Dime provides a detailed guide on building this beautiful and budget-friendly ladder.

For a visual guide, you can watch the build video at the end of this article.

Materials Needed

  • Three large furring strips (1.5×1.5 inches)
  • 2.5-inch nails
  • Stain (Minwax dark walnut and classic gray recommended)
  • Sandpaper or sanding block

Tools Needed

  • Circular saw or miter saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Mallet
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Paintbrush

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Preparing the Wood

  1. Cut the Lumber: Purchase three large furring strips and cut them down to two five-foot lengths for the sides and several 17-inch pieces for the rungs.
  2. Sand the Pieces: Sand all cut pieces to remove any rough edges and ensure a smooth surface for staining.

2. Creating the Rustic Look

  1. Distress the Wood: Use a flathead screwdriver, mallet, and hammer to create dents and nicks in the wood. This helps the stain absorb more effectively and gives the ladder a rustic, distressed look.

3. Assembling the Ladder

  1. Drill Pilot Holes: Measure and drill pilot holes three inches from the top and then every 12 inches for each rung.
  2. Attach the Rungs: Use 2.5-inch nails to attach the rungs to the side pieces. Ensure each rung is level before securing it.

4. Finishing the Ladder

  1. Apply Stain: Stain the ladder with your chosen color. Kathryn uses a classic gray stain for the base.
  2. Add Texture: Once the stain is dry, use a dry brush method with white chalk paint to add additional texture and depth to the finish.

Tips for a Unique Look

  • Alternative Stains: Experiment with different stains to achieve your desired look. Kathryn’s friend used a dark walnut stain with a polyurethane coat for a rich, glossy finish.
  • Different Techniques: Each ladder can have a unique appearance based on the distressing techniques and stains used.

By following these steps, you can create a beautiful and functional blanket ladder that adds a touch of rustic charm to your home.


Kathryn’s clear instructions and enthusiasm make this project accessible to everyone, even those with minimal DIY experience. Her budget-friendly approach ensures that you can create stunning home decor without spending a fortune.

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