It was a cot, now it’s not ….. an upcycle project!

Upcycled project, how I turned my old cot into a hanging rail

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.Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

and here’s the end result.

Upcycle project, how i turned one old cot bed into a hanging rack. Tutorial and pictures.

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
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencil
  • Embossing Paste & some acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  1. 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.
  2. I used the wood filler to fill in any old screw marks
  3. I then painted the piece with the Valspar paint, I gave it three coats in total and left it to dry between coats.
  4. 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. Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial
  5. 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. Upcycled Cot6
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  6. These were then screwed into the piece.
  7. 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.
  8. I slightly sanded down the piece in places to give it a distressed look, not much though.Upcycled Cot3Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

There you go, all done! What do you think? Have you tried any upcycling lately?

Upcycle project, how I turned and old cot into a hanging rack, Pictures/ Tutorial

Header pic from Barn Images

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