The low-slung chair, right, is visually balanced with a tall blanket ladder and a lower timber side table, both of which Erin made. The ladder is built from two closet rods and six dowels, gradually diminishing in length, spaced 10½ inches apart along the 7-foot ladder. She finished it with a two-tone look— stained (Varathane Wood Stain in Sunbleached) and spray-painted glossy white (Rust-Oleum White Lacquer). She created the side table by cutting four 20-inch-tall pieces of pine from a 6×6×96inch post, then used a circular saw to make angled cuts in each of the legs. The pieces are attached with wood dowels glued into place. “The key power tool here is a belt sander as it smooths out a multitude of sins—unlevel legs, uneven top, and rough edges,” Erin says.