I’m always so impressed to see the things my readers come up with! Take, for instance, this old baby crib that Gwen spotted on the curb while she was jogging. She details the rescue at You Can Call Me Gwen.
Gwen is actually in the process of turning the crib parts into several different things, but her first project was to make a drying rack for her laundry room. She used heavy-duty hinges to attache one of the spindled crib sides to a big, blank wall in her mudroom. It stays flat against the wall when it’s not in use, but when she needs a spot for drying clothes, Gwen can pull the new rack out from the wall. What an easy and inexpensive solution!
Visit You Can Call Me Gwen to get all the details on this simple crib repurposing project.
I’ve featured quite a few projects here at Roadkill Rescue that involve cribs being turned into benches. This one by Sara of Thrifty Treasures, however, takes this concept to a whole new level. She transformed crib parts into a settee with some serious style credentials.
Inspired by the curved edges of a spare footboard that she had on hand, Sara decided that instead of building a traditional bench from her stranded crib and bed pieces, she would make an upholstered settee. Paint, some pretty wood embellishments, and upholstery went into the makeover. The results are lovely, don’t you think?
Head over to Thrifty Treasures to view the full tutorial for this project.
“On one of our pickin’ trips we garbage picked two sides of a crib,” tells Karen at The Salvaged Boutique. She thinks that at one time, the crib must have looked a lot like the crib pictured below, but at the time she found it, everything but those two sides were too broken to be salvaged.
Karen and her husband decided that the crib sides could be used to make a corner bench. They cut apart the pieces so that they would fit together in a 90 degree angle. They constructed a simple frame for the bench and built a seat from plywood. Karen painted the new bench white and added an upholstered seat. It’s adorable!
Visit the The Salvaged Boutique to learn more about the construction of this corner bench.
There’s no need for seasonal decor to be costly. Cristina proves this with the stunning Halloween mantel she created using several repurposed objects at Remodelando la Casa. The thing that really got her creative juices flowing was this stash of crib parts that she had in her garage.
Looking at those crib parts, Cristina decided they could become a gate that would serve as the backdrop for her mantel decor. She pieced the crib parts together and used vintage-style hardware to really give the effect of an old gate. The crows perched on and around the gate are leftovers from other Halloweens. The “vases” holding dead branches are actually cardboard spools that her husband brought home from work–Cristina covered them in spooky black and white paper. How awesome is that?
Find out more about this mantel made from repurposed objects at Remodelando la Casa.
When Rachel of Maison de Pax learned that after two boys, baby #3 would be a girl, she decided to go with all-out frills in baby girl’s nursery. Opting for a Jenny Lind style of crib, she passed the crib along to her sister, who is welcoming another baby girl into the world.
Before she passed it along, however, Rachel wanted to update the look of this crib a bit for her baby niece. Inspired by a pretty, gray Pottery Barn crib, she painted it with Country Chic Paint in Pebble Beach. “I wanted something soft and gentle, but not too feminine,” she explains, reasoning that this color will work for future baby girls and boys. Some light distressing and antiquing wax finish off the lovely, rustic look of this crib.
Visit Maison de Pax to learn more about how Rachel achieved this weathered gray finish for a crib makeover.
Gail from My Repurposed Life was working on another project when she happily came up with this one along the way. She had some old crib spindles, and discovered that when she used the existing lines in the spindles as cutting guides, one of the things she could make were these perfect little wooden circles.
What do you do with wood circles like these? Well, if you are Gail, you turn them into number tags! She painted some and stained others. She used vinyl to make the numbered labels. Gail says, “There really are a LOT of things I could do with these. I guess they could be ornaments, chalkboards, or table numbers at a wedding…. lots of possibilities.” Cool!
Check out the tutorial for this project at My Repurposed Life.
The little shelf sitting next to Sherry’s back door just wasn’t any fun to look at, she tells us over at Upcycle Addict. After living with it for a while, she decided it was time to build something that would function as both storage and a place to sit down in the mudroom. Instead of purchasing new materials, Sherry decided to use what she had on hand, and this old crib was a good starting point.
The crib headboard became the back of Sherry’s new mudroom bench. She used pieces of wood already sitting in her garage to build a storage bench in front of the headboard. An old bedpost was cut into four pieced to form feet for the bench, and leftover trim from another project added dimension to the back of the bench. Sherry painted the bench with homemade chalk paint and stained it. The finishing touches were the addition of some thrifted hooks and vintage rulers that Sherry had been collecting. Wow! It’s hard to believe that Sherry only spent $3 to make this beautiful mudroom bench.
If you’d like to find out more about this bench, visit Upcycle Addict.
Over at Picked & Painted, Helen welcomed her second baby on July 3rd. Congratulations, Helen and family! Part of the preparations for the new baby involved getting the nursery ready, which included a crib makeover.
Helen explains why she decided to paint the crib. “If you’ve bought nursery furniture you know it all looks the same. It’s either a dark espresso, white, or light brown. I wanted a nursery that wasn’t like every other nursery but I wanted to use the same stuff we bought for our first baby.” The solution was to paint it with Teal Zeal by Behr. Paired with a no-sew crib skirt made by Helen, the “new” crib is now a perfectly pretty spot to keep a sweet sleeping baby.
Find out more about this crib makeover at Picked & Painted.