Saturday, March 06, 2010

Turn dangerous baby beds into home decor

I bought this baby bed at an auction for $3 and everyone thought I was nuts.  What did I need with a baby bed anyway.  You can't use them for babies, or have them around babies, because they are not safe but this is what I did with mine. 

  • First I took it apart and since I didn't need the headboard or footboard I discarded them.  You may find uses for them though.
  • I took off the hardware and cleaned the rails that I kept. 
  • I then used one to hang dish towels and doilies in my kitchen.
  • I also used the other rail to hang a quilt in my bedroom. There are so ways you could use the rails.
I also love Mother's Plates -- here are a few I have collected.


Vera said...


What a great idea. Thanks! I also bought an antique baby bed and I stored it in the shop until I could come up with an idea. Now I have one.


Mary Patterson said...

What a really clever idea! And I love how it gives you more storage/hanging space for things in your new home. PERFECT! I hope you are adjusting well to all the changes & loving every minute of it.
Mary Patterson
Mary's Cottage Treasures

the sassy beach said...

You are so talented what a great idea! Love it just love it and it is a safe use of baby beds.
hugs sassy gail of

Kath' said...

I love finding things like this and get told I am crazy too sometimes. I can't wait to share with my family and friends what you did with the rails. I can tell I would have fun shopping with you. I love your plate collection too. ttys

Carolee Crafts said...

Brilliant idea and recycling to boot, love the plates, so pretty and spring like. Have a great week x

Patricia said...

What a great idea for all of those unsafe baby cribs! It looks adorable, great idea for your kitchen.
Patricia Rose-A Potpourri of Fabric, Fragrance and Findings

lisa said...


What an awesome idea! I'm all about re-purposing. Love the collector plates too.

Tedi said...

It is always great when one can repurpose anything. However, yours looks fabulous, Tedi

carolineAlexander said...

Very clever, I love finding new uses for discarded items.

Shabby Shan said...

What a good idea you had! Your vintage linens look very pretty hanging on the baby bed rails! Thanks for sharing!

Shabby Shan's Cottage

Marie said...

Hi Janet,
That was a very clever idea for the baby bed. The plates are so pretty, very bright and cheerful.

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Foam-By-Mail said...

Wow, I never thought of using cribs and baby beds once the child has outgrown them, besides using the mattress as a bed for pets. Nothing better than giving something a new purpose!