During a long period of state ordered quarantine I was looking for a project that I could do which wouldn't require me to go out to stores to buy supplies. I thought and I thought and I thought and while I thought I decided to clean out my garage and then I saw it!
Crib to Patio Bench
The old crib/toddler bed that has been sitting in the rafters of my garage for years, needed to find some new purpose.
I had just the purpose in mind!
First I took what had been either end of the crib and I cut the legs off quite a bit.
Then I took those same end pieces and I cut the top rail and the bottom rail to make them narrower.
I removed any and all hardware that had been on there relating to the function of the crib.
And then after carefully pre-drilling my holes, I screwed the end pieces into the back piece.
At this point I got excited and I told The MR to come quick and see my masterpiece.
He didn’t get excited.
He said “what is it supposed to be?”
When I finally gave up on him ever guessing, I told him it was a bench. Couldn’t he see that?
He said no. He said it looked nothing like a bench. He doubted me.
Those were fighting words! I set back to work to show him a thing or three!
I used the rails that used to hold the mattress frame in place and I made a frame for the seat and I pre-drilled all my holes and I screwed this frame into every one of those vertical supports.
Then I took the piece of plywood that had been the final piece of the puzzle for the crib which actually held the mattress, and I ran it through my tablesaw to make it narrower from front to back.
And then I got some old cans of spray paint I had laying around and I set to work again.
And I showed him!
So in the end I did not buy a single thing to build this bench with. I even dug out screws I had on hand and used a few that I took out of the crib hardware when I took it all apart.
I did buy the cushions for the seat and I did buy the throw pillows but I was going to buy new cushions and new throw pillows anyways for the old swing bench that I used to have.
And besides, I had to show The MR that I could make a crib into a bench!
Who’s laughing now?