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It wasn't until we were filming the video for this post that we realized how long this project has been in the making! Back in May, 2019, we were offered an old baby crib. We had no idea how we could reuse the parts, but we decided to take it.
Actually, the one thing I knew we wouldn't be using it for was to make a bench. Those crib-to-bench transformation are everywhere so we needed to think outside the box.
The first part we decided to reuse was the mattress support. We decided it would make a perfect place to store shoes under the bed or in the Lego room for Lego building! There was this awful sticker on the top side which resisted all efforts to remove. We decided to see if we could flip this over to hide the mess.
On to the next reuse project which ended up being another shoe storage solution! We cut the rails from one of the side pieces. We didn't need to measure or mark anything as we used the first decorative element on the spindles as our guide. We are using a Dremel Saw-Max which works like a mini circular saw! It was the perfect tool to get the precise cuts we needed.
This shoe storage unit will go in my closet. As we didn't want to attach the individual rails to the closet wall, we decided to attach them to a board and then attach the board to the wall. We used a 1"x12" board cut to 37" long. The rails are 23" long placed 10" apart. We glued and brad nailed them to the board.
What I like best about these two shoe storage solutions is that neither looks like they were made from a crib! They both are so functional and solve shoe storage problem in both our homes!
But wait! What about all those spindles we cut off? We have another crib upcycle project that happens to double as storage too. We'll link that here once posted.
How have you reused an old crib? Cribs are surprisingly easy to source if you don't have one of your own. Just recently, I found one in a neighbor's trash pile. It had just been put out so it was in great condition. Because many can not be donated, many people do put them out for trash collection. Let us know if you find one curbside and what you do with it! #trylearnshare
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