A Crib, Pallets and a Kitchen Cabinet



Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

A crib, pallet and kitchen cabinets, didn’t think they went together did you?

The crib was found in a dumpster.  I don’t usually crawl into dumpsters looking for treasures…I do have some pride… but this crib was sticking out of the dumpster and I couldn’t help but see him calling my name as I drove by.

The kitchen cabinet was originally purchased  from the Salvage Yard for $5.  I  had purchased the cabinet to make a tv stand but I really wanted two cabinets side by side and I couldn’t find his twin.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

 

So now I have $5 invested in this project and I really needed to find a project so my husband doesn’t think I’m totally crazy. I’m pretty sure he thinks I am crazy, but not totally (yet).

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

To figure out how wide the ends should be, lay the crib ends next to the cabinet.  Keep in mind, that the other leg will also have thickness. I wanted the cabinet to sit between the two legs.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Mark and cut.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Cut just the leg portions off of the other half of your crib ends.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Mark all the legs side by side so that you can cut them all the same length.Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Screw your newly  cut legs onto the crib ends.  Countersink the screws.

Notice the legs extend about 1/2 inch past the cabinet.  I wanted the cabinet to be slightly elevated but I didn’t have much room to work with since the cabinet was already 15 inches high.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

I’m elevating my kitchen cabinet with scrap wood pieces so that I can center my cabinet on the crib sides.

Screw thru the crossbar of the sides into the thickest part of the cabinet putting 2 screws in each corner and again, countersinking the screws.Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

I had some leftover quarter round molding from demoing my son’s house. I nailed on a piece of quarter round to both the front and back top edges.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

 

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

I considered making a padded top for my bench like I did a few weeks ago, but that would have meant one more trip to the store.

Hey, I know, I have pallet wood!  Didn’t see that coming did ya?

This time I’m using the side pieces of the pallets to create a bench seat…not attached yet, I want to paint the bench first.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

A couple gaps where the cabinet is not quite as large as the crib were filled in with scrap wood rounded at the top.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Caulk any gaps and fill in holes with wood putty.

I also nailed on scrap pieces of wood to the top of the cabinet so that the pallet wood had something to sit on.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

I had never cut apart a kitchen cabinet door but I wanted to see how difficult it would be.  If I messed the doors up, then this cabinet would have open shelving.

With a jigsaw I cut out the middle part.  It turns out that that center piece was just sitting inside a groove along the frame.  Once I cut it close, it just pulled out.

Knocking off one end of the frame, I was able to insert a new  piece of wood for the door front.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

End of the door was reattached and glued back together.Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Since I knocked out my door panel, now I had to fill it with something.

I picked up this textured wallpaper from the salvage yard and it makes a great faux tin.

The wallpaper is cut to the size of my missing panels.  It started out white, but I’m painting it with a faux metal finish.Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

On this project I’m doing a layered chalk paint finish.  These colors are going to be under my final coat of white.

I have a teal, green and gray going on.  Get rid of any drips before moving on.

Skip this step if you want a solid color on your bench.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Paint the entire bench in the color of your choice. This coat should be a bit neater than the last.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

If you’re doing the layered chalk paint finish, now is the time to sand off wherever you want those other colors to peek through.

I used clear wax to seal the chalk paint.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

I used modpodge to glue my faux tin inserts into my door panels.  

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

The top bench seating got a good sanding and was finished with a coat of vintage wax before being nailed onto the bench.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Finally got a chance to use a couple pieces of my 50 cent drawer hardware.

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

Be warned, middle son is getting married this weekend so starting next week be prepared for a couple of weeks of wedding projects and a few wedding photos thrown in.

Have a great weekend. Stay inspired.

 

Upcycled Baby Crib and Kitchen Cabinet Bench

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