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!!!!
What do you think?
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  1. That turned out just gorgeous! Love it more than the ones you can buy. Great job!

  2. Uh…this is just SO cool. I’m going to feature this in my Sunday Stalker…check it out.


  3. that looks awesome, courtney! i am impressed! :)

  4. OMG this is gorgeous! I love the idea from Tatertots and Jello and I absolutely love the way you executed it! Great job :)

  5. Wow, that’s beautiful. I would never guess a crib. Great job!

  6. Wow! This turned out awesome! Love it!

  7. I really like this! It looks great. The curves are beautiful! The black makes it look classic. Great job! visiting from MMS.

  8. hopped over from tickled pink.
    I love making benches! I’ve made a lot from headboards and cribs. Love repurposing.
    Ya’ll did a great job!


  10. You did an awesome job! Love it!

  11. OMG!! Thank you so much for sharing. My youngest son just learned how to crawl out of his crib so it is time to find him a big boy bed! This is such a great idea and I can’t wait to do it! Thank you for sharing :)

  12. It‘s so nice that I found your blog about your link on Miss Mustard Seed. So I’ve scrolled a little and like what I see. Now I’m your new follower! ;)

    Take care

  13. This is stunning. Just stunning. I have been looking for an entry way bench for months and never finding one I liked, but now I am going to be on the lookout for cribs!!!!!! Gorgeous

  14. Beautiful! It caught my eye at MMS’s furniture friday because I’ve always imagined re-purposing our cribs in some way, but I wasn’t quite sure how. Thanks for inspiring me! Great job!


  15. It is absolutely beautiful. You did an amazing job. I love it.

  16. It’s wonderful! Isn’t it lovely to have handy helpers too? You all should be very proud to have created something so beautiful.

  17. Your bench looks amazing. I love this idea. I think I am going to do the same with our kids’ old crib.

    I just came over from Tickled Pink at 504 Main.

  18. This is just amazing.

  19. I blog hopped over from Young and Crafty! I absolutely love your bench! And I just passed up a crib at the thrift store because I didn’t need it! I’ve collected a couple of twin headboards to make a bench like this, but I love the crib back too!
    Can’t wait to see what else you’ve got going on!
    You have a new follower!

  20. I think I need an uncle like yours! :)

  21. well i think i need to find an old crib and a handy uncle! ;-) love it!

  22. Great job. I love the headboard aspect of it – makes it more of a statement.

  23. I love it!!

  24. Oh my, I love it!

  25. What a great idea! Love it!

  26. Wowza that is beautiful.. you guys did a great job and what an awsome crib that was to work with.

  27. You are so talented! Thanks so much for sharing, I saw you at 504 main.

  28. What a great idea!!!!
    I’d love for you to share on the Glitter Blog link Party!

  29. Fantastic! This looks so classy and expensive :)

  30. Saw this over at A to Z…

    Love the scale! I have two cribs that I could upcycle soon…

    Great idea…

  31. I love this! What a perfect way to reuse your crib!!

  32. Gorgeous! Saw this at Tip Junkie & immediately clicked… and it’s you! You have the best projects =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  33. Super pretty! Great job! I so wanna do this with my son’s crib. He is 9, why else am I still holding on to the crib!?

    amber @ barbwired

  34. Loving this bench! What I also love was that you said yes without seeing it, true DIYer move. It turned out beautiful–I especially love the finish of it.

  35. Courtney, this is absolutely gorgeous! I’m so glad you linked it up to my party :)

  36. What a fantastic idea! I love it!

  37. I think …..wow. Awesome project. I know you must smile everytime you see this bench.

  38. Amazing! I have a headboard that I would like to try to make a bench. Thanks for the details.

  39. This is amazing…you did a beautiful job. Makes me want to track down an old crib!

  40. I’m absolutely loving this! I just got my husband’s childhood bed headboard from my in-laws to make a bench with. Yours is so pretty!
    Scissors & SPatulas

  41. That’s genius! I love how it looks and would’ve never thought it was a crib – just one of those high back antiques. Beautiful!

    Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

  42. Wow! That is pretty fabulous.

  43. absolutely gorgeous!! great job!

  44. So cute, I was just wondering what I was going to do with the piece of crib in the garage. I am so glad that I didn’t get rid of it.

  45. This is so beautiful! You did a fabulous job!

  46. What a neat idea to do with a crib. Who would have thought… :D

  47. That came out so great!

  48. wow – what a great ides, looks so nice

  49. That is so awesome – I love it!

  50. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! I’m putting it in the PoPP Spotlight. Thanks for sharing with us!

  51. I have been woring on one in my spare time (what is that–I don’t know–I don’t think I have any spare time) anyway for a couple of months between projects. I so wish i had kept my crib but we sold it when we moved–it would have been a great way to keep the memory.


  52. Absolutetly Super Duper Awesome! Fab job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie!

  53. Woo Hoo what a great idea!

  54. So beautiful in every detail!

  55. This is A-MA-ZING…I have seen a lot of benches made, but this is one of my all time favorites. And you gave such great directions, I must give this a try someday soon!

    I “pinned” this to Pinterest…hope you don’t mind! I just had to share your creativity!

  56. I was wondering do you think this type of bench would work with a twin size metal headboard?

  57. Wow! It’s so pretty! I love the flower detail on the top especially! :) Great job!! Found you via CSI Project link up :)

    -Bonnie @ Revolutionaries

  58. Courtney! This is a GREAT reuse idea! Your little bench turned out adorable! :) Stopping by from CSI!

  59. Very cute! My son’s old crib is sitting in my garage just waiting for me to do something like this. Thanks for lighting THAT fire! ;) I’m visiting from CSI, too.

  60. Genius! Found you on CSI ~Stephanie

  61. Beautiful. I love that glossy black. I’m also a bit jealous of your carpentry skills. Yours or those you were able to enlist to do this great project! :)

  62. This is such an awesome idea and looks great. I might recommend buying a Kreg jig for about $29. this will allow you to hide your screw holes under the frame where no one can see it. Beautiful piece!

  63. Excelente ideia.

  64. Anonymous says:

    This is absolutley beautiful, what a great Idea. Thank you for sharing.

  65. Thank you for sharing! I saw an idea for this YEARS ago (pre social networking) and now that my “baby” is 30 y/0 I’ve been wanting to do this, but couldn’t recall how it was done. :) I wish you would’ve included the measurements though.

  66. Thank you for sharing! I saw an idea for this YEARS ago (pre social networking) and now that my “baby” is 30 y/0 I’ve been wanting to do this, but couldn’t recall how it was done. :) I wish you would’ve included the measurements though.

  67. Thank you for sharing! I saw this idea YEARS ago (pre social media; plus my “baby” is now 30y/o) and have been wanting to make one, but couldn’t recall how it was made. I do wish you would have included measurements though. I cannot wait to start on mine! :)

  68. Thank you for sharing this wonderful DIY! I appreciate the step by step pics. I think you and your uncle did a GREAT job.

  69. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I spotted a crib that was sitting outside at a house so I had to stop and ask what they were wanting to do or what they wanted for it. Lucky me they just gave it to me. This is exactly what I wanted to do with mine. Your directions will be so helpful. I can’t wait to get started!

  70. Linda Anderson says:

    I have a headboard /footboard that I am going to turn into a bench. The headboard has floal carving on it. I plan on painting the bench black and I want to use the DecoArt glazing medium on the carvings. However, I can not find out to apply it. I have never used anything like it before. Can you help me?


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