Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Repurpose The Girls Old Crib

Easy Kids Bookcase

Made from an old drop down side crib.

Carys has transitioned to a  toddler bed, so I was left with her old now not recommend to use drop down side crib!

In total I made three different pieces. Will post the other two soon.


So first I cut off every other rung, using a cheap jigsaw from, Walmart, leaving it just the right  sized gaps I wanted.

 Next I used the tried and tested and love Krylon Primer & Paint in white, let it dry. I Also did the same for a shelf I had lying around. Then once dried I painted it with Bubblegum pink :) Both crib sides & shelf took TWO coats.

 On the left is the final color. Next I sewed the fabric (Walmart deal, $2 a yard), right side together. Next I started to work out the lengths I needed so the books would sit neatly and not fall out.
( I did this by using the girls' books)

 Next I pinned where I wanted to sew the Velcro. The middle picture, you can see I had plenty of fabric left. I used soft easy sew on Velcro. The picture below shows where I had marked with pins, were the Velcro was to go. This took the longest to do. Between stopping to play with the girls or stopping Carys pull out the plug, stopping me in mid sewing !! Lol

 Then I fitted the finished fabric with Velcro to the crib frame, used scraps of leftover material and tied them on, like a rag garland.

Here you can see how the book sits on the fabric, with the added cuddly toys, thanks to Seren :) The picture below I added the painted shelf, just so you can see the finished project. When we move I will post a picture of it in the girls new bedroom all fixed to the wall.



  1. Great project! I'm thinking of re-purposing my childhood crib (30
    + years) into a bookshelf like this! Thanks for the great idea :)
    Did you attach it to the wall? Or is it free floating? TIA

  2. For the purpose of the picture I didn't fix it to the wall, as we were moving not long after I made this. When we moved I did use a fix it to the wall - kind of like the ones you get with bookcase's to secure it to the wall. Have fun re-purposing your childhood crib. :)

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