How to Repurpose Baby Crib to Entryway Bench



About: Hi Everyone, I'm Jeremy Hoffpauir. I write instructables about unique DIY woodworking and home improvement projects. I use unique design elements with a rustic coastal style in my creations such as epoxy...

Hey Everyone, I'm Jeremy Hoffpauir.

My family and I recently moved to a new house across town. Stacey and I quickly realized we had some furniture we either didn't use any longer &/or did not plan to use in the new house. During the move, this furniture found a temporary home in my new workshop (not a good thing). I was extremely motivated to do something with this furniture in order to get my workshop decluttered and organized. A repurposed baby bed to entryway bench was a great project to start with. Plus, an American Girl Doll Bed was made from leftover scraps.

The baby bed was used by our children and we placed a considerable amount of sentimental value on it; therefore, we planned to upcycle this baby bed to something we needed in our new house. The bed was one of those overpriced 3-in-1 type beds (crib, toddler, twin) from one of the big box baby stores. It is noteworthy to mention the bed was purchased before I started building things, which is ashame b/c I could have built this bed for 1/10th of the price we paid for it. Anyhoo, this repurposed baby bed to entryway bench would be a perfect project for our new house.

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Step 1: Gather Baby Crib Parts

The baby crib broke down into 6 main parts: Headboard, right side rail, left side rail, front rail (only used for crib), and 2 runner boards (only used for twin bed). The headboard (in the front of this pic) was the perfect size for the back of the bench. I did not have any structured plan going into this project - I just stared at the bed for an unordinary amount of time and the bed sort of transformed into a bench in my mind.

Step 2: Make Bench Seat

I started by forming the seat with 2x4s & attaching the legs from the front rail. Next, I cut off the legs from the front rail using my table saw & attached them to the 2x4s using pocket holes with my Kreg K5 and glue. I removed the hardware on the bed and filled the threaded holes with wood putty.

Step 3: Attach Seat

I missed a few pictures leading to the picture in this step (thank you icloud photo migration). I'll explain the steps I took in the following paragraphs.

I attached the bench frame to the bed headboard using pocket holes. The top of the bench is 19 1/4" from the ground in order to make sure the top of the bench seat is 20". I secured 4-1x6 pine boards to the top of the seat, but ripped each board down with my table saw from 5 1/2" to 4 3/4". This made the bench 19" from back to front. I used brad nails and wood glue to attach the boards to the brace. The dimensions of the bench seat ended up being 56"x19"x20" (LxWxH).

Step 4: Attach Skirt and Arm Rest

I took the front rail/panel piece of the bed (this is the piece that would be used for the front of the crip) and ran it through my table saw about 8 inches from the top. This left me with an 10" piece and a 15" piece with both being 50" wide. I used the 15" piece for the bottom skirt of the bench. The 10" pieces were cut down to 20" for each arm rest. I attached the arm rests using brad nails and wood glue. Next, I attached the bottom skirt with pocket holes to the front legs and brad nails at the top on the spindles. I used the original bed rail boards as a bottom brace from the head board to the back of the front legs at the bottom.

Step 5: Add Local Flare

The bed already had nice trim work, but I added a few trim pieces around the front/side bench seat and I added the 2 fleur de lis blocks I bought from a big box store on each side of the bench skirt to add a bit of local charm.

Step 6: Prime and Paint

I was satisfied with the results once the bench was assembled. Next,, I primed the bench with this Zinsser primer. The baby bed had a very glossy finish and it was important that I applied a solid coat of primer to ensure the paint had something to stick to. I applied 2 coats of primer with my Graco Truecoat Plus II.

After applying the primer, I started painting the following day. I used Sherwin Williams Essential Gray (SW6002) in a satin finish. The paint station in my workshop was setup by hanging a white painter’s cloth on the garage door runners on the sides of the bench. I used another painter’s cloth behind the bench on the garage door itself. I used my paint sprayer to apply 2 coats of paint spaced about 6 hours apart.

Step 7: What to Do With Leftover Wood? American Girl Doll Bed!

My daughter is a frequent visitor (& helper) in my shop when I’m working on projects. As she was helping me pick up the scraps from this project, I thought of a way to put these scraps to good use. Santa brought my daughter an American Girl Doll about a month earlier for Christmas. Since Tiffany (the name my daughter gave to her American Girl Doll) needs more accessories than most humans, an American Girl Doll bed is an absolute necessity!

I cut a few pieces of scraps I needed to make the headboard/footboard of the bed. I had a few pieces of 2x4s laying around, so I used those to make the side rails. The bottom of the bed was made with scrap 1x4s. I attached everything with pocket holes and glue.

I took this opportunity to use my homemade chalkpaint, which was 1/3 white latex paint, 1/3 calcium carbonate, and 1/3 plasters of paris. The mixture turned out well and went on very easily – I only needed 1 coat. I sanded it down a tiny bit with 220 grit sandpaper for a distressed look. I applied clear finish wax after the paint dried.

Step 8: Final Product

Stacey bought bench and back pillows and it really turned out well. She bought the bottom pillows from one of the Lowes and the back pillows from Kirklands. The repurposed baby bed to entryway bench turned out really nice. We are very happy with the outcome.

View this post on my website by clicking here. I don't have a video for this project, but I do have a YouTube Channel with plenty of DIY and cool videos.

Feel free to contact me anytime if you have any questions. I'm happy to help!
Until next time – Imagine…Create…Share

Tools I used for the repurposed baby bed to entryway bench project are below. Check out My Tools page for a complete list of my tools.

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