Repurposed Crib into Book Storage

If you have been following my blog for a while you may have seen this photo posted back in December. 





Well, I finally finished it!!
The project itself was actually very simple. Not sure why it took me so long to complete. Lack of motivation... too many other projects to finish... But the fact is that it is finally done and I couldn't be happier with the results.


Using the front and back panels of the crib, I started cutting out the slats leaving every third one attached.

I then took two of the slats and cut them into 3 inch pieces. These were used as spacers between the front and back.


After nailing the spacers to the front and then nailing the back piece on, I sanded and painted the whole thing 'ocean breeze'.

I used two pillow cases for the slings (one side of each pillow case per sling) I wanted to be able to remove the slings so that I could wash them so I attached them using snaps. The quote is from one of mine and the girls' favorite books, 'I can read with my eyes shut' by Dr. Suess.

The more that you read 
the more things you will know.
The more that you learn,
the more places you'll go.

I found a font on the computer that I liked, printed it, and traced it onto the fabric. I then colored in the letters with fabric paint.


It actually holds a lot more books than I had expected. I also love that Jocelyn can reach the top sling but Serenity can not. This allows me to put a few of Jocelyn's work books and writing journals up were Serenity can not rip them apart but Jocelyn can get them on her own when she want to do some work.

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25 comments:

  1. This is so friggin' inventive I don't even know what to say. Fabulous!

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  2. love, love, love dr. seuss! awesome diy dear!

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  3. Great idea! And I'm going to have an empty crib on my hands in the next little bit ...

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  4. so I"m really impressed, that you came up with the idea, that you actually found the time to do it, and it looks awesome.

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  5. I love this idea, I think it is the best reading nook I've seem thus far for sure. The quote makes this space. Great job!

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  6. Ok-I am back again! This is so stinkin amazing! Seriously, I am pinning and sharing on my FB page! You are genius!

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  7. This is really cute! Great job! Love that you incorporated Dr. Seuss!

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  8. wow! What a FABULOUS idea! I am visiting from Tip Junkie and am SO happy I did! I have been trying to think of a new bookshelf for my kids and this is just so sweet! I am going to pin and let you know when I finally get around to making one (after my daughter outgrows her crib.. lol)

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    1. Yes!! Definitely let me know when you finish it. I always love to see my readers versions of my tutorials!!

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  9. What a great idea!! I'd love it if you'd share it at Sweet & Simple Sunday!

    http://cupsbykim.blogspot.com/2012/04/sweet-simple-sunday-4.html
    Hope to see you there!

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  10. What a great idea! Adorable! I would love for you to share this (and any other creations) at my new linky party "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  11. I LOVE this idea, visiting from tip junkie link party. We just recently moved our son to his own bed which means we have a crib that by now could not be sold because they are the type that has been banned. But with your post I now have a project to do with it. The kids need a good book shelve and this is perfect. Going to pin it so that I can remember where I found the project.

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    1. Ours was banned also. I was told we could call the company and return it but the company closed down so I was stuck with it. Hubby wanted to take it to the dumb but I convinced him to keep it because I knew I could find something to do with it. I'm glad I kept it.

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  12. Great project! I'd love it if you'd add your post to my link party too. Here's the URL: http://www.ahappyplacecalledhome.com/home/2012/4/13/blogiversary-week-best-worst-of-year-1.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    xo, Kelli

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  13. Ahhh! I love this! Great idea and the Dr. Suess quote is perfect!

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  14. What a great idea! Love how your repurposed the crib and the Dr. Suess quote IS perfect! Found you through TT&J!

    You should link up to my linky party: http://lovingthiscrazylife-melissa.blogspot.com/2012/04/its-piece-o-cake-linky-party-2.html

    Thanks for sharing...I'm your newest follower!

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  15. Excellent idea to re-purpose a crib! I just pinned it on pinterest. I found this on Tip Junkie. Great idea to use pillow cases I love the color and how low it is to the ground to keep it easily accessible for the kids. I really like how you added the Dr. Seuss quote and would love if you linked this up to the ObSEUSSed link collection. http://www.obseussed.com/p/books.html

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  16. I love this. We just gave our crib to our friends who are expecting or I would try this. Thanks for hosting the linky too!

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  17. This is such a great idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

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  18. I love it. We have two old cribs in the garage that would work great for this. Thank you for sharing this.

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  19. I have been looking for a diy bookcase and a way to use our crib. I am so HAPPY to have found this!!! Great idea!

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  20. This is a great idea. I will be mentioning your post in my blog.

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  21. Yes I did totally enjoy your post. I think you have done a wonderful job. Even though the idea is just a very simple one, it has manage to transform an object into something so useful and fully functional. This is a very good alternative strorage solution for magazines, books and other reading materials that are made easily retrievable in the future especially for guests.

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  22. Hi, I know this is an old post, but can you share the name of the font you used?

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