Upcycled Storage & Wall Art from Bedrails

Tackling a spot in your home that needs a thorough cleaning can feel so good, doesn’t it? Kinda like therapy in and of its own. We have the opportunity to get rid of naturally occurring filth like dirt and dust, but then also really evaluate what exists in that space. Once such area I consistently tackle is my workshop. It’s full of dirt and sawdust for sure, but also oodles of potential – of things yet to be. Here is what I chose to work on today from my constant cleaning spot. Do you know what they are? Well, they’re going to become upcycled storage and some DIY wall art. Woot!

Bed Rails Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Okay, so I told you what they’re going to become. Any guesses as to what they are? A friend gave them to me and told me they were off her beds used as bed rails for kids. I will admit I had a totally different plan for them initially, but I like what I came up with secondhand better.


First, I took those pieces with spindles in it and decided to create the upcycled storage. I grabbed some wood from my stash and cut it to length using my miter saw.

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Miter Saw to Cut Wood | prodigalpieces.com

Yes, I jerry-rigged a sheet around my saw to catch the sawdust that I am perpetually cleaning up. It saves me oodles of time! A dust collector is high on my list of wants for my workshop. One day it will happen…trust me!

Then, I gave those few slats of wood a couple coats of paint with my Palm Pro brush. While those were curing I sprayed the spindled rails with a Pure Gold.

Painting Wood Shelves with Zibra Palm Pro | prodigalpieces.com

To assemble my vision, I really wanted to use only items from my stash, so instead of running to the hardware store for conduit straps, I made my own. I’ve had these metal straps I yanked off a curbside chair ages ago and they have come in handy for things like my funky junk coat rack seen HERE.

Scrap Metal for Hardware | prodigalpieces.com

I simply cut the metal to length with my tin snips, drilled holes, and bent to the shape desired to go around those spindles.

Scrap Metal Braces for Upcycled Storage | prodigalpieces.com


Before I show you the finished upcycled storage, let me show you what I did with the rest. What remains to create with are these wood slats that were part of the bed rails.

Bed Rail Slats Before Upcycle | prodigalpieces.com

They instantly spoke to me to become wall art with that slot notched out of them. So, again I used my miter saw to cut them to length and miter the corners.

Mitered Corners of Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Then I cut some hardboard that I use often to make chalkboards and such as seen in these posts. That stuff is one of my must haves in my stash. Viola! I have a blank slate.

Wall Art in the Raw | prodigalpieces.com

This was my dry fit, so to get done what I envisioned, I took it apart and sprayed the frames with Antique Brass and painted the hardboard with the same white as the wood slats above.


Then, it was time for the art. I wanted to do a fun metallic effect to go with all the metal colors I was using. I’m all about patina, so I used my Patina Paint in Copper to create my design.

Painting Copper Tub Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The key to using this awesome stuff is to add the patina spray while the second coat is still wet. What happens is that actual metal in the paint interacts with the corrosive spray to give you instant patina. You can see it in action in the video below I created to add patina to our garden arbor.

Once all is dried, everything is set in place to show you.

Modern Chic Bathroom with Upcycled Storage and DIY Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Towel Rack for Modern Chic Boho Bathroom Decor from Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of my visions for these cast-offs. The upcycled storage can be used as towel rack as I’m showing, or for most any thing really…plants, toys, collectibles…you name it!

Repurposed Bathroom Storage for Towels, TP and more in a Modern Chic Bath by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Bed Rails Turned Modern Chic Towel Rack by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Plenty of storage for bath essentials and the design has the modern boho vibe that I have come to love. My DIY conduit straps worked out awesome to hold it all into place. All this was created from scrap in my stash…how awesome is that?!

Boho Style Storage for Bathroom and More by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

And who doesn’t love a cute place to stick a plant?

Terra Cotta Plants Stand from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My DIY wall art up above was fun to create and make. Those rails were perfect for making frames for both of my art pieces.

Boho Chic Bathroom with DIY Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

The copper paint and brass metallic paints keep with the same theme I’m after with the upcycled storage. Hard to tell in the pics of the patina, but I think you get the idea.

DIY Copper Wall Art made from Upcycled Bed Rails by Prodigal Pieces | prodiglapieces.com

Upcycled Modern Chic Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

What is even better is that the naturally occurring patina will continue to age over time. Isn’t that so cool?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these couple creations of mine. If you’d love to make them your own, they are available in my online shop. (SOLD)

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Boho Chic Bathroom Decor with Copper Wall Art by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share to inspire others to create some upcycled storage or DIY wall art for their home. You may not know what cool stuff you have lurking in the corner!

This is so cool! upcycled storage and DIY wall art all created from some cast-off bed rails. Perfect modern boho chic decor! See the details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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Also, more upcycled storage ideas:

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  • Debrashoppeno5

    Now that is a fantastic upcycle. I love the whole ensemble.

    October 17, 2017 at 6:16 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Certainly fun to try. Thank you, Debra. 🙂

      October 17, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    Oh nice! Great use for all the pieces. Gives me another idea for the crib rails a friend gave me. Still deciding the best use for them. I can see them as shelf ends!

    October 17, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply
    • Larissa

      There are so many uses for them.

      October 17, 2017 at 8:58 am Reply
  • Robyn Wright

    OH. MY. GOSH! That reveal at the end was such a wonderful, completely unexpected, pleasant surprise!! My heart actually jumped a little! LOVE IT! I am now on the lookout…. WOW!

    October 17, 2017 at 10:18 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made my day, Robyn!! Thank you for the giggle. 😉

      October 18, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Janette Deans

    You have a magic wand somewhere I am convinced…..such a fab make-over once again Larissa, you are such a talent….love it…xx

    October 17, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I sure do…not. ahahaha… would be nice though! 😀 Thank you, Janette.

      October 18, 2017 at 9:12 pm Reply
  • Bonnie

    Always look forward to see what you come up with. You make me say WOW every time!

    October 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fun is that to hear. I mean it, really! Thank you for the awesome encouragement, Bonnie.

      October 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Marie

    I ditto what Bonnie said!!!

    October 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Hugs to you too, Marie!

      October 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Larissa what I wouldn’t do to get my hands on something like this. I need to make storage for scarves and that rail would be perfect!

    October 17, 2017 at 4:58 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That would be sweet!

      October 18, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Brilliant upcycling! Looks so good!

    October 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Denise!

      October 18, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

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