I’m so excited to show you how I repurposed this bunk bed into a unique and useful wall shelf! It’s so fun to be getting some projects done and out junk storage and into the Glendale storage area—yep, Glendale is right around the corner! If you remember, I didn’t get to go last year because of my little “heart” incident.
So, on with this great repurposed bunk bed!!
So many people told me they were anxious to see what I do with these bunk bed pieces because they have some very similar. They are sturdy, and chunky, perfect for a great wall shelf!
The very first step was to trim up the top and legs of the bunk bed on the compound miter saw. (VERY carefully, using clamps to secure it while sawing) This always makes me nervous, but I figure it’s always good to be nervous while sawing because it makes you be more careful.
Next up, I measured and cut a spare board for the top shelf for this repurposed bunk bed.
Then I used a NEW 1x4 to make the bottom shelf. Why oh why didn’t I make it longer?
This is how I attached the bottom board (shelf) to the bunk bed frame. I used my Kreg Jig® K4 to make pocket holes for a strong and secure hold.
I filled the pocket screw holes with spackling to give the underneath side of the shelf a more finished look.
Voila! I really do NOT like taking things apart and redoing them, but sometimes you just gotta do it. I removed the too short shelf, cut a longer board and notched it with my jigsaw so it mimics the top shelf better.
Everybody jump in the paint booth! I sprayed the piece on the right, then added the one in the middle to spray, then lastly the one on the left. Everything got a coat of DIY Chalk Paint Primer with my HomeRight Finish Max . You can see the piece on the left in my post Headboard Coatrack, one of my favorite recent projects.
This is after the black diy chalk paint primer (that’s why you can see the fingerprint smudges)
Then it got H.O.T. too hot to use my Finish Max and paint booth.
The very nice folks at Country Chic Paint sent me some paint to try. I LOVE this Rustic Charm green because it’s so near to the colors of MRL. It didn’t come with that pretty green dot on it, I did that to all the cans they sent me so I could see the color of the paint at a glimpse.
Repurposed Bunk Bed Wall Shelf
Apparently I had so much fun painting, I forgot to take any pictures. Basically I used a chip brush to do a “dry brush” technique of the green onto the black primer. The paint went on really easy, and with no voc’s it didn’t stink up my kitchen.
*affiliate link ahead* I use d rings to hang all of my projects.
I love the chunkiness of this piece. I’m so glad I redid that bottom shelf too.
I styled it a bit….but you know that’s not my strong point. I’d much rather be sawing and building!!!
So, another project ready to go to Glendale! wooohooo!
Curious about what I did with the other part of the bunk bed?
I painted this bunk bed coat rack white.
Do you love them? Or do you think they should have become a bench?
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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.