Pieces of Time East
Pieces of Time East
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1940's Metal Army Cot Turned Light Fixture


Revamping my classroom and wanted a unique light fixture! I happened to have a 1940's Metal Army Cot so my honey and I decided to add 25 Edison Bulbs to repurpose this into a fabulous fixture!
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
The finished product
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
This was what we started with...a glorious ceiling fan....
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
Here is our victim. ....the cot and the strand for the bulbs!
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
Now time to attach the strand to the frame.
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
Zip ties...need I say more?
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
All zipped and ready to be hung!
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
We attached 4 eye bolts into the beam with large carabiner closing clamps. Hung up one side while we hard wired the strand....
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
Put in some bulbs and made sure they worked before we hung it all the way! Yay...it worked!
1940 s metal army cot turned light fixture, lighting, repurposing upcycling
Swung the other end up and clamped it into place! So pleased!!

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  • She352228
    on Jan 13, 2017

    I noticed the ceiling & wanted to know what type of ceiling & how was it done. I have a basement that I am thinking about tyoes of ceiling to install myself. Shelia McNeill

    • Eileen
      on Jan 14, 2017

      The ceiling looks like insulation with a plastic covering.

  • Patti
    on Jan 13, 2017

    You were allowed to do this in your classroom? If so,you are very fortunate

    • Eileen
      on Jan 14, 2017

      Possibly it's her own classroom where she teaches crafts or whatever?

  • Jod14307377
    on Jan 30, 2017

    Where did you get the Edison bulb lights? I've been trying g to create a new lightsource over my upcycled medicine cabinet for years but the w9oden arch at top of former knicknack shelf makes an awkward place for any lights. Maybe I should tie Christmas lights to ring or half round of baling wire or metal clotheshangers?

    • Pip
      on Nov 12, 2018

      They are so popular right now the price went sky high!

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  • Danielle Clapp
    on Jan 14, 2017

    Inspired? YES! I have my daughter's Crib frame and springs. Have held on to it for 20 yrs now, waiting for something like this. I will research lights ect. for now. I think painting the frame might add a little to hide the wiring. So thanks for the idea. It will make for a wonderful house warming gift to her.

  • Danielle Clapp
    on Jan 14, 2017

    IDEA! LOL

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