Crib > Unique Book Rack

Why is it that it will rain whenever it’s least convenient? But not rain when you are actually hoping for it?

Oh, it’s rush hour in flood-prone Charleston? Rain. You want to go to the beach? Rain. Oh, you’re getting married today and would like to keep your dress dry? Monsoon.

But right now I’m sitting on my back porch, awaiting a thunderstorm since it’s super cloudy, and there is not a drop of rain in sight. I actually love thunderstorms when I’m at home and can relax. But, watch, as soon as I pick up a paint brush and open the garage door it will start pouring! 😛

Anyway, while I’m out here waiting for the storm to roll through, I’ll tell you a little bit more about one of my latest projects. This one was a quick and easy little upcycle.

A friend of mine was getting rid of a crib that she had purchased because it turns out that there was a screw hole that had busted through. Since it compromised the stability of the crib, she obviously didn’t want to put her baby in it, and figured no one else would want to either.

So, I bought it from a rummage sale that we were having, figuring I could use the parts for something cool- instead of it just going to the dump.

So far, I’ve made a book rack out of one of the side panels. It started out plain brown, and I have been practicing doing a layered look lately, so that’s what I went with.

I started with painting rough spots of General Finishes Patina Green.


Then, I layered on some General Finishes Driftwood.


Then, I came in with some General Finishes Antique White.


Then, I sanded it with various levels of fairly fine grit sandpaper to smooth it out, blend some of the harsher lines and bring more of the wood back through. I topped it off with Polycrylic.

book rack closer book rack far book rack super close

I love how it turned out! I think I’ll use the other side of the crib to do one for Christmas cards!

If you have any ideas for how to use the ends of the crib or the metal mattress holder thing, let me know!

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