How to make a hanging quilt rack out of a repurposed crib. Yes, make your own DIY hanging quilt rack.
Do you call this a crib end, or a crib headboard? I've made several projects from repurposed cribs, including a kid's toybox bench.
Wood Wall Mounted Quilt Rack
Dismantle Crib End
First, I started dismantling, and removing hardware. Some of the hardware is worth keeping, like these "L" brackets.
Prepare to Cut Crib Leg Off
In order to turn this crib end into a hanging quilt rack, the leg needs to be removed. I marked a straight line.
Using a jigsaw to cut off the crib leg was the easiest job ever. If you're new to woodworking, I suggest a jigsaw and a power drill be your first purchases.
With the leg removed, it was time to make the straight profile match the original side. The easiest way to round off and edge is to first cut on the diagonal, then use an orbital sander to finish the job. This would take forever sanding the sharp corner had I not trimmed it off with the jigsaw first.
Upcycled Crib End | Hanging Quilt Rack
Can you see it now? This is looking more like a quilt rack already.
I hung the crib end on the fence to see how it looked. I sent the picture to a couple of friends who actually collect quilts, and they each said that a few of the rungs needed to be removed.
After marking which rungs were to be cut, I used the jigsaw to remove them. Doesn't it look better already?
If you were making this into a blanket holder, you might want to adjust the rungs accordingly.
I used the orbital sander to smooth out the "dowels" that were holding the rungs in place.
Paint Project with Paint Sprayer
I recently painted a kitchen chair by hand, so for this job--I brought out the Finish Max!
DIY Chalky Paint
So, after looking through my paint stash, I realized that I haven't painted anything with the FREE paint yet. I mixed up some of it with plaster of Paris. Homemade Chalk Paint works really well on projects like this that have a little shine to them.
Do you use paint sprayers? They really are the only way to go when painting rungs like the ones on this hanging quilt rack.
Do You Need to Wax this Project?
Because I use the latex paint (without Plaster) as a top coat, there's no need to wax this project. Before applying the topcoat, I use brown craft paper to smooth the finish.
Add D Rings for Hanging Quilt Rack
Can you believe it? I was able to use the original hole and screw to add D rings for hanging the quilt rack.
Hanging Quilt Rack
Hanging Blanket Rack
Wouldn't this be so sweet in a nursery to hang baby blankets? What else do you think it would be good for?
Laurie in Edmonton, Canada
Can see it being used in a craft room to hang supplies with S hook or cup hooks. The fact that it is offset from the wall makes it a perfect quilt rack.
Ohhh, that's a great idea about the S hooks! Yes, being offset makes the difference. That has me thinking about how I can decoratively replicate it using the crib rails.... hmmm you have me thinking!