We had an old cot ready to be dumped, we couldn’t sell it on or gift it, as himself sat on it one night, whilst reading a story & forgot he wasn’t a lightweight & broke the lats so that was the end of the cot bed! It was a swift move into the big bed for the small fella.
So it was left sitting in our garage for a while along with various other
crap projects. The front and end pieces were perfect so I decided to use one piece as a hanging rack. Here’s a before picture.
and here’s the end result.
Gather your supplies and for this project I used the following:
- Bin Zinsser, which is primer, sealer and stain killer
- Wood filler, to fill in the old screw marks
- Some nice wrapping paper.
- Mod Podge or PVA Glue
- Paint, I used a tester pot of Valspar paint called Shy Girl, it’s a nice dusky pink
- Hooks or knobs, I had these lying around (as you do!)
- Gold leaf and glue
- Embossing Paste & some acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- I started firstly giving it a quick rub down and a light sand. Next, I used the Bin to prime the piece, this stuff is great, as it provides a surface to hold the paint. Leave your windows open as it’s quite strong and smells terrible. I left this to dry.
- I used the wood filler to fill in any old screw marks
- I then painted the piece with the Valspar paint, I gave it three coats in total and left it to dry between coats.
- I cut my paper to match the indent on the top part of the cot. I only had enough paper for this part otherwise I would have used it on the second indent. I used some mod podge and glued this on and again I applied the mod podge on top of the paper to seal it. Here’s a close up of the paper.
- I had only 2 of the ribbon hanging hooks but I decided it needed another hook. I had this old door knob, so this would go in the middle. The other long one in the picture was used for purely decoration purposes. I used some gold leaf on the knob and distressed it a bit to match in with the other hooks.
- These were then screwed into the piece.
- I felt the end indent was a bit bare and I wanted to try out some embossing paste I had, so I mixed in a bit of green acrylic paint to the paste and applied it to the stencil. I left this to dry overnight. This give the stencil a raised 3D look. I used a tiny bit of bitumen I had to give the stencil an old look to blend in with the hooks and the paper.
- I slightly sanded down the piece in places to give it a distressed look, not much though.
There you go, all done! What do you think? Have you tried any upcycling lately?
Header pic from Barn Images