This is a fairly simple project turning an old headboard or foot board into a coat rack or coffee cup rack with a chalkboard.
Although this set of bunk beds was marked $9.99, I actually got it at Vendors’ Village for $5.00.
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I propped the foot board up on my miter saw with my Rockwell Jaw Stand and cut off the feet. Use caution and clamp your piece when using your miter saw. If you’re not comfortable, you can use a handsaw or a jigsaw .
Now I have these two little feet for another project down the road.
I mixed up some diy chalky paint primer and used my Homeright Finish Max to get the perfect finish on these headboard projects and a couple of cabinet door items as well. I like to paint a lot of projects at once.
Each of these bunk bed pieces only got 1 light coat of the flat chalky primer. I always paint the back side of my projects first, that way when I turn it over, if any scuffing happens, it won’t be on the “good side”.
Using Engine #9 from Vintiques by Heirloom Traditions, I did a light dry brush effect to allow the black base coat to show through. Use the code MYREPURPOSEDLIFE to get this month’s deal.
After the red paint dried, I applied a coat of clear wax from Heirloom Traditions.
The center panel seemed the perfect place to put a coat of chalkboard paint.
Recently I’ve had a little trouble getting the hook screws into the hard wood of these old beds. Even drilling pilot holes was not helping. For this project I went old school and pulled a trick out of my hat that my mom taught me SO many years ago. I soaped the screws, drilled pilot holes and used a screwdriver instead of a drill/driver. PERFECT! No mishaps at all. I let D. Lawless Hardware know that I was having difficulty, and they are looking into an alternative.
I used d-rings on the back for easy hanging.
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It’s funny that I’ve never seen beds like this before, but I got several of them this summer. At least 2 more projects to come!
Have I told you lately how much I love glazed red projects? How about you, do you love the color, or not so much. Go ahead, tell me—I can take it.
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.