Tuesday, August 28, 2012

DIY: Vintage Army Cot

DIY: Vintage Army Cot
DIY: Vintage Army Cot Whew, sorry for no post last week. My parents were in town visiting and I didn't want to lose a minute with them. Living in different states means it's pretty rare that we get to see each other. Le sigh. Here's a diy that I've been dying to share ever since I bought the cot back in June! After trolling craigslist and having no luck, I eventually found this amazing vintage army cot on ebay for a reasonable price. The cot arrived in fairly good condition with some discoloration and stains on the canvas but otherwise was in good working order. The cot was immediately placed under the windows in my living room- I knew before I bought it that I wanted something narrow and comfy but rustic to use as a window seat/daybed- and put to use. It lasted for about two weeks before the canvas gave way and ripped. Worry ensued...would I be able to find a replacement, if not, what will I put under the windows!?! After a few heated moments of google searching I found Hoggan's that sells canvas cot replacements! The custom canvas took a few weeks to arrive but then came the fun (read: not so fun for Cole) task of removing and replacing.
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
Before-old stained and ripped canvas; After-fresh and new
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
The hardest part was removing the old cover. Cole has strong hands!
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
Cole tried removing the old staples but it was too tricky, so we just stapled the new cover over it along with the original cot instructions.
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
The finished underside. I then trimmed up the excess fabric.
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
DIY: Vintage Army Cot
Our living room is now 3/4 of the way done!!

Things of note:
-Vintage cots are pretty creaky and unstable. Not recommended for those who don't enjoy the thrill of feeling as though it might collapse every time you sit down (this hasn't happened yet).
-You want your new canvas to be very taught when stapled on since it will stretch a bit with time.

xxMaria

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