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!
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.
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!
Then, as for the headboard, I mark and paint off a section in the center with a flat black paint.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Next, here’s the headboard that is now a sign made from the letterhead of a jewelry factory in France.
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.
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.
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.
Likewise, I’d love to hear back from you and please pin and share to inspire others too. DIY is fun!
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Cheryl Atkinson says
Hi Larissa!! Two great upcycles. I love a good chalkboard..
Hey there, Cheryl! Thanks so much. Signs are always fun for me to make and add a handmade charm to a home.
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
You and me both. Thanks for the smile, Marie. 😀