How to upcycle a hutch
Use the tape measure to work out the width of the base. Transfer this length onto the 950mm piece of timber. Remember that your measurements are for the inside edge of your frame.
Change the mitre saw so that the 45-degree angle is opposite to the one you cut. Cut the timber to size. Repeat Steps 2, 3 and 4 to cut the frame for the other end of the trundle bed.
Measure the length of the base of your bed. Transfer this length onto the 1950mm piece of timber. Remember that your measurements are for the inside edge of your frame.
Change the mitre saw so that the 45-degree angle is opposite to the one you cut. Cut the timber to size. Repeat the previous steps to cut the frame for the other side of the trundle bed.
Place the base on a flat working surface. Put the 10mm window packers under the base. These will elevate the base, making it easier to attach the frame.
Place a bead of glue along the edge and mitre cut on one of the pieces of timber. Place it against the base, so that the edges are flush. Use the nail gun to secure it to the base. Repeat this process to join the three other pieces of timber. Always check that the edges are flush before nailing the timber into place. Wipe away any excess glue.
Use a suitable wood putty to putty up any holes or imperfections in the timber frame. If any of your nails are sticking out, use the hammer and nail punch to hide them.
Apply PVA glue to the top of the sliders. Stick the slider to the base of the bed. Repeat this for the seven other sliders. Four of the sliders should go in the corners of the base and the other four, evenly spaced along the sides of the base.
Once the putty and the glue for the sliders has dried it's time to sand the bed. Use the 180 grit sandpaper to make the frame and the base smooth. You might need to turn the bed over to properly sand all of it. Wipe away any dust.
You can stain or paint your trundle bed to suit your décor. We're using Cabothane clear because it brings out the grain of the timber. Apply the varnish with a good quality paint brush and let it dry. You might need to apply three coats of varnish. Remember to lightly sand in between coats.
Once the varnish is dry, you can attach the rope handles. Wrap tape around the end of the rope, which will make it easier to thread through the holes. Thread the rope through the holes in the side, then through the bottom. Tie off the rope with a simple knot to make sure the handles are secure. Cut off any excess rope with a sharp knife or scissors.
Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.
When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.