A new life for an old crib...

June 21st, 2010 in member junk     
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This beautiful old wrought iron crib was my youngest sons over 31 years ago. Today, it would be considered unsafe, so it would never be used for its original purpose. It was stored under our house, but when I dragged it out the other day, it brought back so many memories! I bought it back then from an antique store and was told that it was salvaged from an old french hospital that had been torn down.
Here is my then newborn, now 31 year old, actually in the crib! Funny how our kids managed to SURVIVE unsafe cribs, no seat belts or bike helmets...
Its now become a comfy bench for my front porch. All I had to do was shorten the legs by about 3 inches and make a cushion. I used an old cutter quilt as the cushion cover. The crib side folds down so it acts as extra support for the seat area, which worked out perfectly.
This beautiful old wrought iron crib was my youngest sons over 31 years ago. Today, it would be considered unsafe, so it would never be used for its original purpose. It was stored under our house, but when I dragged it out the other day, it brought back so many memories! I bought it back then from an antique store and was told that it was salvaged from an old french hospital that had been torn down.

This beautiful old wrought iron crib was my youngest sons over 31 years ago. Today, it would be considered unsafe, so it would never be used for it's original purpose. It was stored under our house, but when I dragged it out the other day, it brought back so many memories! I bought it back then from an antique store and was told that it was salvaged from an old french hospital that had been torn down.


Our old antique crib morphs into seating for the front porch.


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Marie Wirth
posted in: member junk, vintage, metal, furniture, garden, family room, porch, living room, sunroom, cast iron-metallic

Comments (10)

RedheadedWahine writes: Your crib ~ turned ~ bench is lovely. How nice you get to keep and make use of an old (well 31 isn't really old..)heirloom. Posted: 2:17 am on June 23rd
Prior writes: Aww, my, josh, that is always crafting with me is 31. I love the crib, what history. You did a great job! I love it! Lezlee Posted: 12:56 am on June 23rd
artteachergirl writes: This is so precious, Marie! What a special keepsake! Warms the heart!! It's beautiful then and now. Vicki Posted: 11:20 pm on June 22nd
chippingcharm writes: Love that scroll detail too!
My 6-year old and I were just having a conversation about the "olden days" when I was young (I'm 37) and I told him "No we didn't ride horses to the store but we did lay in the back of the station wagon with the back window rolled down" He was shocked and "appalled" ;) Laurel Posted: 8:28 pm on June 22nd
vanj writes: FABULOSO!!!! NO NEED TO SAY ANYMORE! THANKS FOR ALL OF YOUR
GREAT IDEAS

VANESSA Posted: 1:17 pm on June 22nd
suewhitney writes: Very cool! Love the comment about survival!

Take care
Sue Posted: 12:41 pm on June 22nd
RustyDiva writes: Oh my gosh I love this!!! What beautiful scroll work. I don't think I've ever seen a metal scrolly baby crib before! Very cool and I love the transformation. Great job Marie and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

Kenda Posted: 11:12 am on June 22nd
LadyCatherine writes: Your bench is so very cool!!!!! Adorable and the memories are so sweet! Posted: 5:20 am on June 22nd
junkermidge writes: Wow Marie! That's the coolest crib I've ever seen! And what a gorgeous bench it makes. AND, you'll have great memories every time you see it. Love it!
Midge Posted: 8:06 pm on June 21st
MakinItHappen writes: Yeah, I wonder how our kids survived, since we were doing everything wrong ;^P
This is beautiful; I love it! Posted: 1:13 pm on June 21st
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