This is the only picture I have of the bed frame before I completed this project. Unfortunately you can’t see the footboard and the headboard together, but the actual footboard piece used for this transformation is below.
Repurposed Footboard Coatrack
I always joke that my husband is a collector and I’m a hoarder. And while the latter is slightly true, I tend to put the “trash” I find to good use. For example, this month I took a broken antique bed frame I had been holding onto since I was 17 (that’s about a dozen years😳) and turned the footboard into a super functional coatrack!
Check out the super simple transformation below-
First, to give a little back story I bought this antique bed frame when I was about 17 years old. I fell in love with it when I saw it on the classifieds and spent $125 on it! That was so much money to 17 year old me that when it broke several years later I didn’t have the heart to trash it.
Here is what the footboard looked like. As you can see one of the legs was already off and it needed a new coat of paint.
The first thing I did was use a rubber mallet to knock the other leg off. I tried to cause minimal damage, but this leg was stubborn and the wood split a bit. I’m not using them for this particular project, so I didn’t worry too much about it at the moment.
Next, I used the miter saw to cut the wood tabs that were used to attach the legs to the footboard. My cut ended up reaching a little too far as you can see, but I patched it with wood filler when I patched up a few other flaws.
Once the wood filler was dry I sanded the whole thing, wiped it down, chalk painted it white and sealed it.
The last steps were adding hooks which I got from Amazon-
Rustic Entryway Hooks | 10 Pack of Black Wall Mounted Vintage Double Coat Hangers with Large Metal Screws Included | Hard Industrial Heavy Duty Hook Set | Best for Farmhouse Shabby Chic Hanging Look https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DNBM435/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2DXUDbYCADHMA
and attaching a French cleat to the back for hanging.
And that’s it! Now I have an ornate, one of a kind coatrack that holds all our coats and bags. It will be perfect for this Utah winter and I put some “trash” to good use!