Turn a Crib into a Bench
Ready for my super duper totally awesome project that I’ve been working on for awhile……..
I have an on going craft to do list, I’m adding to it constantly and trying my best to check things off the list. One of my favorites is a crib bench from Tatertots and Jello. Well last week while my Mom and Uncle were visiting we decided to tackle it! Jen gives a pretty good tut on how she did it, but I’m going to give you a little run down on how we did things!
A wonderful friend asked if I wanted her kid’s old crib…..I immediately said “YES” without hesitation or seeing it! I was thrilled once I laid eyes on it! As you can see in this “before” picture that we jumped the gun and started sanding before I could snap a picture! I decided to use the back of the crib, it has a pretty carved floral detail at the top.
We (and when I say “we” when it comes to the building of this bench I mostly mean my Uncle! He is amazing with woodworking projects!) started out cutting the wood planks for the top of the seat. My Mom and I were mostly his assistants through the building process.
Next we built a frame for the seat of the bench. We needed to add a middle board to give it more stability because of the length the bench needed to be.
Here are the seat slats attached to the frame….
Once the seat box was put together it was time to work on the legs. We needed to build an extension for the legs so they would be the same length as the legs on the crib piece.
Once the extensions were glued and dry it was time to add the leg attachment plates. All you do is simply screw the legs into the plates.
Ta da! We have legs!
To level up the back of the seat box against the crib we needed a little spacer to level things up. We just used some wood glue to attach this thin board directly to the back of the seat box.
Then it was time to bolt the seat to the crib and add some decorative moulding! It’s amazing how a little moulding can really transform a piece and make it look so finished!
Once the bench was all put together, everything was dry, and sanded; it was time to PAINT! I didn’t think to include the paint until after I painted it, but I painted the bench with Onyx Black in semi gloss by Glidden.
I also used DecoArt’s Glazing Medium mixed with some of their white paint to make a white glaze. I used it on the carved design and on the decorative mouldings.
Once I scrubbed off the black spots that were all over me from the paint sprayer spatter, I sat back and enjoyed our beautiful creation!
As you can see, in addition to the glaze I also did a bit of distressing. I hit the edges and exposed points with my hand sander.
The glaze turned out great, it is suttle but highlights some of the details wonderfully!
Beautiful moulding and spindles! Could it get any better? I gave the whole thing a layer of Polycrylic to seal everything up and protect it.
There has been a place in my home that desperately needed a bench! This fits perfectly!
A huge huge huge thank you to my awesome Uncle and Mom for all the help! It’s so nice coming from a DIY family!!!!
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