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!

Comments

  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!).