Everyone has hobbies, right? Some women like to shop, my hubby likes to hunt, etc. etc. I guess I’ve finally realized what my hobby is; recreating old pieces! So when I stumbled upon a post from Pinterest about converting a Jenny Lind crib to a bench, I knew my next project.
YESSSSSSSSS!!! I had an old Jenny Lind crib that has been sitting in my moms attic for the past 5 years. It was time to repurpose this pretty antique piece and convert my JENNY LIND CRIB TO A BENCH. This picture and post is from a blog I really love called Finding Silver Pennies. She turned this old crib into a neat antique bench, exactly what I was looking for.
So I read her blog post, took notes and scrolled through quite a few other posts trying to decide how I would cut down, fasten, saw, refinish and recreate my old crib. After about a month of trying to wrap my mind around a real simple way to do this, I started getting discouraged because this project looked like it would be a little more labor intensive and time consuming than I had realized. With two active toddlers, my time is VERY valuable, and there isn’t much of it, so I decided that this project might have to move to the back burner.
And then a light when off in my head (yes, sometimes this happens)- I had an idea; I had two sets of oversized outdoor cushions that I really wanted to get rid of, but I thought they might just be the perfect size for my crib. YEP!!!!!!
This was perfect because now I didn’t have to cut the crib down, it would serve as an oversized OUTDOOR CRIB BENCH (of course I had to do a little reinforcing to make it stable for an adult, or two). But I was so thrilled, not only did I not have to do much labor for this project, but I had two great cushions and it hasn’t cost me one penny! Since the cushions were not my style, I decided to paint them, and you can see that post on painting outdoor cushions HERE.
After much thought and deliberation, I decided to NOT make the sides of this bench lower than the back. I might change my mind soon, but for now I decided to leave the sides alone. So if your wondering if I really had to do anything to create this bench other than remove the front piece, well the answer is no. The one thing I did do to create this BENCH FROM A CRIB is to reinforce it. After all, I don’t know that a crib was made for a 300 LB man to sit on.
Here are a few quick things I did to reinforce it:
Now that it was safe for a large human to sit on, I was ready to create my new bench!
Because I have a furniture rearranging problem (at least I can admit it), my CRIB TURNED BENCH did not sit outside for long. I decided to keep it one of our side rooms for extra seating. Here are a few pics of my new “seating arrangement.”
CRIB TURNED BENCH or DAYBED!
What do y’all think? Daybed or outdoor bench? Isn’t it funny how we can recreate and repurpose something like a Jenny Lind Crib into adult seating. Now if I can just figure out what type of seating…:)