I Made it for The Boy: The Green Crib

It all began with a pin. Not the annoying little kind that falls out of your sewing box and embeds itself in your carpet. No, the far-more-common kind these days: the first syllable in the word Pin-terest. You know, that dazzling, wonderful, labyrinth of photos from the world wide web? I can get lost for hours in there.

I started pinning like a mad woman when I was looking for ideas for my little boy’s “nursery.” I write the word nursery in quotations because Stryder doesn’t actually have his own room. He has his own wall in our room.

I knew that in a two-bedroom apartment where four people already lived, this little guy wasn’t going to get his own space. So I determined to give him some of mine. In fact, I gave up most of my sewing space for him, that’s how important he is. 🙂

Anyway. I gave him his own wall in our room, and I wanted it to be special. Since we can’t paint the walls (renting an apartment, remember) and I wanted the crib to stand out, we had to go bright.

This crib was my ultimate inspiration.

Yellow crib from Grey Likes Baby
I looked for the original blog post but couldn’t find it.
(Source: Pinterest)

I loved the style and the color, but for my boy I wanted something green. Something a little like this, but in a different shade of green:

Green crib from Crapivemade.com
I looked for the original blog post but couldn’t find it.
(Source: Pinterest)

Now I just needed the right crib. I found this Jenny Lind crib on Amazon.com…

DaVinci Jenny Lind crib, available at Amazon.com

 …but the price tag was a little steep for me ($199.99). I like to find old or used pieces of furniture and refinish them for a fresh look at low cost. So I paid a visit to Craigslist. It turns out these cribs are REALLY popular right now so it took me a few weeks to find the right crib at the right price and get to it before anyone else did.

The crib I found cost $35 but came without any of the hardware. I figured it was worth it. My only regret is that after spending $40 on the hardware from the only online retailer that carried the missing pieces, we found something similar at Ace hardware for a fraction of the price. Oh well, now we know. I’ll be hitting Ace whenever I need special hardware from now on.

I wish I had before and after pictures, but unfortunately I didn’t take any before. I was huge, and pregnant and the weather was over 100 degrees outside and Brian worked something like seven 12-hour shifts that week. My mom and her friend went to pick up the crib for me and the kicker is that my mom was dealing with a neck injury and was on intense painkillers at the time. She barely remembers picking up the crib! She’s such a wonderful mother; I owe her so much.

Once I had a the crib, I needed paint. So Brian and I headed to Lowes to look at colors. I took with me my inspired fabric of choice:

On the Road in Ivory by Ronnie Walters for Robert Kaufman fabrics.
Sadly, it is out of print.

I found one fat quarter of this at a local fabric store and just about went crazy over it. By that time it was already out of print, but I was able to find another yard on Ebay. I just checked and it’s no longer available. Good thing I got more when I was able!

I also brought this bundle along to help coordinate the green:

Monaco by Birch Fabrics. I believe it’s out of print.
I used everything but the flowers and scooters for Stryder’s quilt,
along with the campers above.

I ended up leaving the store with a paint color that coordinated with the greens in Monaco (directly above) and the camper fabric. It’s a semi-gloss by Olympic called Antique Moss and I AM IN LOVE WITH IT:

Antique Moss by Olymic from Lowes 

I would love to tell you that I refinished the crib myself, but alas, that is not true. It was refinished by the parents of a friend of mine. They live here in town and refinish furniture to sell in antique stores. My friend and I coordinated a swap: I made a quilt for her new baby, and she paid her parents to refinish my crib. It was a great deal!

The cost of the paint was around $25 (sorry I don’t have exact numbers). So if we total it all up, the crib cost us:

$35 for the crib
$40 for the hardware
$25 for the paint
Total: $80

Not a bad deal for a one-of-a-kind crib!

(Just in case you are wondering, I checked the recalls on the brand and the crib has not been recalled. It is a drop-side crib, which I was not comfortable with, so my husband secured the drop-side so it can’t move up and down. We then turned the drop-side to face the wall just in case.  When Stryder gets a bit bigger, we will lower the mattress and check the drop-side again to make sure it’s safe.)

So there you have it! Those are the details on the center piece of my nursery creations, and let me tell you, I have NEVER loved a piece of furniture more. Unless you count Stryder’s yellow dresser which I equally love, but is a topic for another blog post.

The yellow dresser. LOVE.

Thanks for reading friends! I hope this gives someone else the courage to go ahead and make that dream piece of furniture happen. Have a great weekend. I’ll be back with more on Monday!


  1. says

    It is great to read about how the details all came together for Stryder’s very own wall. Janice and I were glad to get to participate (although I still do not remember the actual event very much – good thing Janice was driving!).