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Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled

Admittedly, I have such a soft heart for (1) not filling up our landfill and encouraging others to stop being a wasteful society (2) making use of what others call trash. Each spring our city does a spring clean-up where folks do unload legit trash, but also things that shouldn’t be landfill material. During our quadrant cleanup, my neighbor set this vintage baby crib in their loot…er…trash. I couldn’t just leave it there, right? I actually drove around grabbing things to save and posted them in a local ministry. All were taken and picked up by those who needed them. Win-win!Vintage Baby Crib Before Makeover by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

It’s so sweet and has most everything there, just not the springs and a few bits. However, I still see the rest as perfect for an upcycle. Don’t you? You can see how I yanked five crib sets off the curb one year over HERE.

After cleaning it up with some soap and a good scrubbing, I decided to create two projects from the ends.

DRESSING UP

First, I sand off the floral decal and paint the foot-board and soft blue milk paint. I’m loving this color already. tee hee!

Painting Vintage Baby Crib Footboard with Milk Paint | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Then, as for the headboard, I mark and paint off a section in the center with a flat black paint.

Painting Crib Headboard Chalkboard | prodigalpieces.com

Next, after letting that cure I paint the rest a basic white. This may seem super basic, but…hey…it’s always fun to create with #trashure.

Vintage Baby Crib Painted White Frame | prodigalpieces.com

Before I move onto the next part, I grab some scrap trim and frame the chalkboard-like center. After that, I use two transfers from The Graphics Fairy, my friend, Karen, to make two different signs using my transfer method.

DIY Sign Transfer on Vintage Baby Crib by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

In addition, I want to fill the open part at the bottom of the headboard frame. I cut corner trim on my miter saw to frame it up. Then, I cut a scrap piece of beadboard to fill it in and attach it in with my point driver.

Point Driver Tool for Sign | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

TWO REVEALS

First, here’s the foot-board all ready to go as a French floral shop sign. Notice I add a bit of chain from my chandelier in my family room.

DIY French Flower Shop Sign from a Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #french #diy

Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled into French Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #homedecor

According to the source, this was an address for a floral shop that primarily sold artificial flowers, so Karen removed the artificial shop to make it more romantic. I think it fits perfectly, don’t you?

Hand-Painted French Sign | Flower Shop by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #handmade #home

French Blue Fleur Sign by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse

Next, here’s the headboard that is now a sign made from the letterhead of a jewelry factory in France.

French Farmhouse Jewelry Factory Sign from Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse

White French Jewelry Sign with Hanging Basket from Vintage Baby Crib by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #french #farmhouse #diy

Plus, the added panel in the bottom adds function to tuck in your bits and baubles in the hanging basket. Because it’s beadboard against my paneling, it’s kinda hard to see, but it makes a nice statement.

Repurposed French Farmhouse Sign from Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #upcycled #diy #home

White Hand-Painted French Jewelry Sign from Vintage Baby Crib by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #homedecor #diy #vintage

I’m not sure which one is my favorite. Both are fun, however, I am curious which one floats your French boat? And, before I forget, I did donate the crib rails to a local ministry. Not only are they great to use as garden trellis, they can also serve as a drying rack.

DIY French Jewelry Sign from Vintage Baby Crib Upcycled by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #frenchfarmhouse

In addition, if you’d like to make either one part of your home story, you can find them and more in my online shop.

  • Vintage Farmhouse Bench in Rustic Green available at Prodigal Pieces | shop.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #farmhouse #shopping #furniture
    Vintage Farmhouse Bench ~ $275

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Likewise, I’d love to hear back from you and please pin and share to inspire others too. DIY is fun!

A vintage baby crib upcycled into two different French signs makes for fun home decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #vintage #upcycle #home

Additionally, in order for you to see what I do with this next #trashure find, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. See the new look of this bread box below HERE.
blog signatureMetal Bread Box Before Makeover | prodigalpieces.com

 Also, more DIY projects like this vintage baby crib from city cleanup:

From a curbside find to perfect architectural salvage decor, this arched window is made new. Perfect of farmhouse style decor by Larissa of Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comFrom curbside and the thrift store comes these fun pieces that create upcycled farmhouse decor. Head to Prodigal Pieces for the DIY inspiration. | prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces #diy #homedecor #shopping #farmhouse

 

Comments

  1. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Larissa!! Two great upcycles. I love a good chalkboard..

    • Larissa says

      Hey there, Cheryl! Thanks so much. Signs are always fun for me to make and add a handmade charm to a home.

  2. Marie B. says

    My heart goes pitter patter when I see rescued landfill trash given a brand new life to be enjoyed for many years to come. Nice save my friend! xo

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