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.
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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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Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
I love EVERY thing you do. One serious question. How does one price something like this for sale? I have a set of these... 🙂
Thank you Maria!
I sell my projects very reasonably. These are usually priced about $35 - $45. hope that helps!
Thank you Gail. Your answer did help. Now for me to get busy 🙂
OOh! I have one of those in my garage! I need a mantel like thing over my couch, now you've got me thinking. Wish I had your mad building skills... can you come help me? LOL Thanks for the inspiration my friend!
Hahah I would love to come help you, but my calendar seems to be all filled up at the moment. 🙂 You can make this look awesome. I have complete faith in you.
I love it as a shelf!!
Love the color Gail! I think you may have cornered the headboard market down there! Are there any left for the beds? LOL
This is pretty darn amazing. I would have never guessed it came from a bed!!!
It is a beauty. I bet it will be the first sale at your show. love the color.
Me? I love it!
I don't think it should have become a bench-- but I'd like to see you do one with a wider shelf. You know, a 'faux mantle'! Though this one would be nice for a narrow space, entrance, hallway, or beautifying the laundry room or something. So many ways to use this cutie!
A great repurpose Gail!
It makes a very cute chunky shelf, I love it!!! The color is awesome too, I like the dry brush technique you used, another winner Gail!
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
I LOVE it, too! I looked at my headboards the other day and realized that mine didn't have the long legs like your great chalkboard headboard you just made last week. Now I know why... mine are bunk bed ends! Do you know what you will charge for your new shelf? I find it so hard to know what to price things at.
Absolutely adore this piece. I like this new direction for these types of headboard/footboards. Good idea with extending the bottom shelf board - more consistent. But it's good to see your lessons learned in the process. Thank you for sharing. Bottom line: Love it! Thank you for sharing, Gail.
I love how you repurposed it to a shelf. If you had made a bench, that would have been alright with me too. LOL 😉 Whatever makes a sell and you happy. Have a Good Day!!! 🙂
Love it, Gail! The color is AWESOME! Can't believe it's already time for the fall shows...where did the summer go?