I have a fun and easy repurposed furniture bedpost wall shelf project to share with you today using bed posts from another headboard project I made. We all know how much I love cutting up furniture. Whenever I cut legs off of headboards I always save them for other projects and this project was fun to put together!
How to make a bedpost wall shelf
I cut this headboard on the miter saw which gave it a nice clean cut.
Two Bedposts and 2 Pieces of Lumber
I grabbed a 1x6 out of my stash to see where I would need to cut the bed post (leg)
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Kreg Jig Pocket Holes assembles bedpost wall shelf
Apparently I was having so much fun putting this bedpost wall shelf together that I forgot to take pictures. It was a really simple build. You can see that I made pocket hole screws with my kreg jig to attach the wide board to each of the headboard legs. I had a shelf board in stock that had a routed edge which I’ve been trying to use up, so that determined the length of the shelf overall. More pocket holes and screws were used to secure the top shelf to the back board.
Paint wall shelf
Time for paint. Since most of it was new wood and the headboard posts weren’t really shiny, I simply gave it a base coat of Flat paint in Beluga with a cheap chip brush.
To protect the finish, I painted two light coats of Behr Satin paint.
Add Coat Hooks
After marking the holes for the hooks I bought from D. Lawless Hardware I drilled pilot holes.
The new pine board is soft and the screws go in fairly easy. However, those bed posts are hardwood and will snap a screw very easily. I used my mom’s old trick of soaping screws, allowing them to be driven in by hand with no problem.
You should never use a screw gun for this kind of job. That's right, I always use a good old fashioned screw driver.
Attach D Rings for Hanging Bedpost Wall Shelf
I always use my favorite d rings to hang my shelves.
Voila! This shelf will be perfect for caps, coats or even coffee cups in the kitchen. It found a new home at Glendale 2016.
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I used the larger portion of the headboard to make a coat rack.
How would you use this shelf?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.