Playroom Revamp Part 2 : Upcycled Cot into a Hanging Rack

If you want to read Part 1 on my painted bookcase, just click here.

Ok, still with me on this project ?  Good here we go …

Next up, I wanted something to hang stuff from, you know all the kid crap that likes to lie on the floor and has no place.  Because our back door is beside the playroom, they tend to traipse in through the house and look for hats, scarves, wellies, hurleys, helmets etc etc  Of course these things are never where they should be! So I remembered, I still had our old baby cot in the garage.  Now I did use the headboard for a project back ages ago, you can read about it here.

So I decided to use the other part of the cot for this project. Here’s a picture of the cot before I did anything.  I was just cleaning and prepping it here, funnily enough on another cot – don’t ask!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks


When I started, I was going to try a geometric pattern on it, see here …..

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooksPlayroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks

but I didn’t like the colours against the blue so I scrapped that.  I really wanted to use up the paint and materials I had, the last thing I wanted to do was buy more stuff!

Then I decided to use some paper. I was undecided on what paper to use.  I used Instagram stories, where I showed a few different papers and people there seemed to prefer this paper.  Its called Brighton Pier.  It was a roll I had for ages, yes just one roll!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks


Lastly,  I just screwed in some hooks, that I had from Ikea.  Then I  got himself to actually screw the cot itself, into the wall and now all the crap is hanging on this and not on the floor. Result!

Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks


Here it is all finished …Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks


Please note: I did wash and clean down the cot before I started. I used Bin to prime it for the paint.  The paint I used was a test pot of Valspar.   This apparently has a primer built in.  I used some Mod Podge to glue and seal the paper.

No children were harmed during this project 😉


Till next time !


Playroom revamp - part 2: up-cycling an old cot into a hanging rack, using some paint, paper and some hooks



How I Upcycled an old (Pirate) Chest Box

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest boxWell its not really a pirates chest, the kids think it is, so I just go with the flow!   This box actually belonged to my late Uncle.  He used it for his tools and later on he used it to store coal and wood blocks for the fire. Yah he  wasn’t really into keeping things in good nick!  So you can image what kind of state it was in when I got it.  I had always admired it and thought it would look great brought back to life so here it is  ………………. What do you think ?

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

Here’s some before pictures of the chest.  It was pretty battered and dirty.  There was some kind of green paint on the top of the chest and the bottom part was ready to fall out.  The metal pieces on it were all discoloured and to be honest I didn’t know what kind of state they were really in and wondered if I should pull them off.  There also was a lock screwed to the front, so this needed to come off.

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorialFirst up, I cleaned it  and let it air dry, then I got to sanding and low and behold it came up nice, very nice indeed.  I love the battered look of it and all the markings just added character.  I left on the metal pieces as I was sanding and to be honest the sanding took away a lot of the dirt and grime on these pieces.

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorialI had wanted to try out General Finishes Gel Stain and I had bought the Java stain but it was too dark for this chest so I ended up using Ronseal varnish in Medium Oak, it’s a water based varnish and I applied with it with a brush leaving 24 hours between each coat.  I used a total of 3 coats and it just soaked right in.  You can see how it was looking here with the stain going on …..

Upcycled Chest project - pictures & tutorial

VarnishI placed the handles, on either side, in a jar of Coke, yes Cola Cola for a couple of days to see if it would help bring up the brass.  I also used brasso on the metal pieces and scrubbed hard.  I kinda like how they came up in the end.

The inside wasn’t too bad, I gave it a sand and a varnish too.  The bottom part had to come out, it was too bad to save so my Dad made me the bottom part, yay for Dads! and he also put on some wheels.  It’s such a heavy box the wheels were needed.

It’s now taking pride of place in my son’s room much to his delight as he loves his pirates! It’s kinda tribute to my Uncle and a nice memory to keep.  So what do you think ?

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

Till next time ..!

Maura x

Upcycle Furniture - How I upcycled my old Chest box

Upcycled Cable Reel Table

I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of these old cable reels for free – yah go me! they have become so popular now for upcycling.  People are now charging extortive money for them!

I wanted one for my garden, as the table we had, had seen better days and was literally falling apart. So here is my before picture, I had just started sanding it.

Upcycle cable reel table

and here it is all finished and sitting nice and pretty in the garden, with some flowers that I wish I could say I grew in my garden but ahem no ….


I decided against painting it, I know! major shock for me too! I just gave it a good sand down with my trusty hand sander.  I left the wording on it and left it a bit rustic and rough looking.  I then gave it two good coats of wood decking oil, left it to soak in and thats it!

Here’s a few shots of the work in hand.

Upcycle cable reel table

A nice effective upcycle and there’s even a little hole to put your umbrella in, result !

Upcycle cable reel table

So have you used a cable reel in any project? I’d love to try a smaller one for a coffee table.

Till next time ….

M x


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A Kyle Lane Workshop …. on all things upcycled

A review on Kyle Lane Upcycling WorkShops

I recently attended a workshop given by Joanne of Kyle Lane in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.  Joanne specialises in upcycling furniture “with character and personality”.  She has been operating out of her Clonmel premises since 2010 and is an expert in all things upcycled.  You can find more about Joanne by clicking here.

I originally went along to her Candy Chair Upcycling Workshop back in September and was very impressed.  Joanne supplied the chair and instructed us on how to make the chair into a fabulous one off piece.  Here’s my chair.

Upcycled chairUpcycled Chair

It was a great day and for anyone who is a fan of painting & upcycling projects, it’s a perfect way to spend the day.  She supplied plenty of candy so between the paint and the sugar rush, I was in heaven. You can read more on this workshop here

So getting back to my original post, I attended another one of her workshops, this one was all about the tricks, tips and techniques you can use to enhance your upcycle project.  Joanne supplied the piece again, and in my case, it was a small side table. Here’s the before picture.

Upcycled Table - Before Pic

Throughout the day, she guided us on our piece of furniture, from prepping, priming, sanding – the basics and then onto the good stuff! She then demonstrated how to use different techniques to give your pieces the wow factor.

Gold Leaf Gilding
Using frog tape to create geometric designs

It was all there!  We were treated throughout the day to a supply of goodies from cup cakes, yummy sandwiches, more candy and a constant supply of tea and coffee!  She also supplied each person with a take home goodie box containing little bits to help you get started on your next project and a printed “how to” sheet.


I would recommend anyone with an interest in painting/upcycling to take one of her workshops. Joanne is so helpful and makes the day fun!KyleLane3Along with the Candy Chair Upcycling workshop & her Lampshade workshops, she is currently taking bookings for a Christmas Upcycling Decor Workshop.  For a great day out go and book now!

Here’s my finished result, I went for a geometric design.  Ta Dah!

Upcycled Table - After Pic
Upcycled Workshop - details in the post!


I did a reader review on Kyle Lane’s WorkShop for The HomeMaker Magazine and it was published in their January Edition. Yah!

Reader Review for The Homemaker Magazine

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
    Upcycled Cot10Upcycled Cot8
  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

How I upcycled my Writing Bureau

Hey there, as promised here’s my take on upcycling an old writing desk or if you prefer bureau!

We had this old writing bureau in the back back room as we call it, well…. because it’s a room in the back of the back room! Dont ask! That’s a whole other post!  Let’s get back to it, it  was left abandoned there along with a load of other old crap. Doesn’t everyone have a room like that in their house, that you just dump stuff into?? Please say you do?!

It was a nice piece, but had not been used in many many years.  Eventually when I got around to clearing out, said room, I kinda liked the look of this cabinet.  Big and spacious and loads of space to hide store my craft stash.

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : The Start

So my vision for this cabinet was to paint her a bright colour on the outside but to leave the inside in the wood.  There is a pull down shutter to the front of the cabinet and there is also a pull out leaf so it’s a great craft cabinet! I decided to try out some stencilling on the shutter and on the pull out leaf.  I saw some pretty cool wood stained stencils over at the ambitious procrastinator, she has some great tutorials.  So I thought, this was the perfect project to try it out.

Ok, lets talk supplies, I used the following:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Antibes Green
  • Annie Sloan Clear & Dark Wax
  • Sugar Soap
  • Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Stencils
  • White Acrylic Paint
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain, I used Indian Rosewood
  • Soft cloth or brush


  • First off, I cleaned cabinet down with some sugar soap and let it dry
  • I gave it a sand down with my sander, there was a lot of marks and dirt on it.
  • Next up, I used the wood glue to fix back any loose bits, there was a small strip hanging off at the bottom of the drawer.
  • I usually give any pieces I do an undercoat or some kind of primer but this time I decided not to do this step, as first of all its chalk paint and you don’t need to prep.  I don’t necessarily believe this, as I think if you prep your pieces first they will last a lot longer, but anyway I had no primer & no patience so I just brushed on the paint.  I find AS paint to be quiet thick, so I did water it down somewhat and it goes on a lot easier.  So after 3 coats, yes 3 it look in total, it was ready. I decided to leave the lips on the drawers in the wood, I just painted the drawer fronts.
  • After each coat, I gave it a light sand.  I like the look of the paint after you do this.  I distressed the piece in places, harder in some areas and lightly in others.  I like the shabby look.
  • I then used the clear wax all over, I love how the paint looks after you wax it. I decided to age it a bit so I used the dark wax after the clear in places.  Just by dabbing the wax on and rubbing it off again it gives it a nice old look.
  • I decided to try out the wood stain stencil on the pull out drawer.  I positioned the stencil and used a stencil foam thingy (you know what I mean!) with the glue. I let this dry.  It was a nice effect but it wasn’t very obvious to see.  Maybe my stain was too dark ?Wood Stain Stencil Effect Tutorial
  • After that I decided to use white acrylic paint on the stencil for the pull down shutter and try to show off the stencil.  Again, I positioned the stencil and instead of the glue, I used the paint. Left it to dry and yes, this time I was happy with this result.
  • Next up, I needed to stain the pull down shutter over the stencil.  I used Indian Rosewood stain.  Just a small piece on your cloth or brush and rub it into your piece.  Do this in small bits at a time until you are finished.  Let it dry and lightly wipe off any excess.  I lightly sanded where the stencil was to give it a slightly distressed look.
  • I also stained the lips of the drawers and in the end I stained the inside part of the desk too as there was a slight difference between the wood colours.

So here’s the final result!

Upcycled Writing Bureau Tutorial : Final Result !

Sorry about the state of my floor but I did fix it up after this project, to see what I did have a read over here