Learn how to make a DIY Blanket Ladder! This step-by-step tutorial shows how to build a ladder that can store your blankets neatly and save a ton of space! For the guest room, in case they need more blankets at night.
Weathered wood finish on new wood: sand wood, paint with white latex paint, sand (the barer spots will "take" the stain more than the painted part) then wipe dark walnut stain until you get the look you want, seal with polyacrylic. Instructions on link.