I’m so excited to show you this creation! I worked my magic on this upcycled crib into a unique toy box bench. The crib was not the most sturdy piece, and I had wondered what I was going to do with it. I’ve made benches from cribs before, but they were sturdier.
I am so loving the way this turned out. Get ready, this is going to be a picture heavy long tutorial.
My cousin Sandy gave me these crib parts. She had intended to repurpose them, but got too busy being a Nana.
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This one leg was in pretty bad shape. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them until I saw this pin.
Make repairs and adjustments to crib
Because the crib ends were so tall, I cut off the end pieces, which included the part that had been repaired.
Prepare slatted crib to be cut apart
I knew that when I started cutting this baby up, that it would get pretty wobbly due to the slats being cut off. To remedy this, I used some scrap lumber to “brace” it. I shot some nails into these boards to support the side pieces as I designed this piece. You can see on the left, I’ve drawn lines where I want to cut it off.
Use a jigsaw to cut crib
I used my jigsaw to cut through the slats.
A miter saw makes a straight cut
I used the jigsaw to cut the piece in half, then I moved it to the miter saw to get a closer/straight cut.
Make sure measurements fit your child
Doing a dry fit, test run. I then decided I needed a child to measure. My neighbors across the street have their kids and grandkids visiting, so I walked over with my tape measure in hand. Thank you Layla Grace for letting me take some measurements. The arms were a little tall, so back to the jigsaw I go.
I laid the piece down for more design decisions.
Create a box for the upcycled crib toy box
Yep, it’s coming together!
Secure wooden box to back and sides
More dry fitting. Gotta love clamps! Thanks sis!
I added a board across the back, for the lid to be attached.
Design a lid for crib toy box
Testing the “lid”.
I have had this board forever!! I bought it on a trip to The Home Depot in Nashville while visiting Jamie.
Attach the bottom of the toy box
Secure the box to the back of the upcycled crib
I used these 1 5.8 inch screws to attach the back of the crib to the box.
Add the sides
I used a Kreg Jig to make pocket holes on each of the armrests where they meet the back.
It's so satisfying when a design comes together, especially when you fly by the seat of your pants.
Go with the flow when it comes to design changes
I used the jigsaw to cut off the three slats hanging in the middle of nowhere.
Are ya still with me? Need a break? go ahead, we’ll wait for you to get back.
Here is the piece I cut off to make the armrests. This is where dumb luck happens when you don't draw out any plans.
A scrap piece was perfect to embellish the front
voila! Look how nice that looks on the front, tying it all together!
I’m just a wee short on each side. I filled it in with some small pieces of MDF. You can see it in a couple of pictures below.
A filler piece was needed
Because the slats are in the middle of the board, they don’t rest on the box.
Another scrap piece to the rescue.
Use scrap pieces for filling gaps
Here you can see the MDF pieces on each side of the bottom front.
More design adjustments
This is where I had to take a break and rethink some things. Because of the overhang on the top of the armrests, the lid would not open. I had to shorten the seat/lid in the width. But I didn’t like the big gap, so more scraps are used to make “fill-in” pieces on each side. I notched them to fit really snug.
Are you loving it?
In order for the lid to be secure and have something to “rest” on, I had to add a couple of 1x4’s…one on each side. If you look closely, you can see the MDF sticks out some. I sanded it with my orbital sander and it now blends right in with the front piece.
Time to use the paint sprayer
Off we go to the paint booth. I always start by painting the underneath side of my pieces. Of course I used my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer on this piece.
I chose a color from my massive inventory of oops paint.
Of course I had to put the hinges on and off several times. I hate hinges!
This is my first bench with storage. It is really sturdy, it holds me just fine.
You could personalize this project for your child's preferences.
This really was a fun project to build! Are you inspired? Got an old crib laying around? What are you waiting for? Get busy!
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.