I have been wanting one of these iron cribs for a long time.
Oh no, I’m not pregnant!! That’s silly. My babies are grown now. I wanted an iron crib to convert it into a settee. (I thought that would be obvious. Doesn’t everyone do that?)
I’ll be covering how I made the cushion in an upcoming post, but I wanted to go ahead and show you how it turned out.
It’s actually comfortable too. It gives the room more of a vintage, quirky feel.
I’m not sure how old the crib is, but it’s old.
In case you missed it, here’s what I had in here. I didn’t think the leather chair went in this room, but it belonged to my mother-in-law and Mr. CH wasn’t ready to part with it yet. Then he said it was okay if I wanted to get rid of it. He thought he would be using this room, but he doesn’t.
I know it can be difficult to part with something that was once owned by someone you love. I think it is such a personal decision. Sometimes you need to keep it and sometimes you need to let it go. I was ready for the chair to go, but I waited until Mr. CH said it was okay. But when he did, the chair was gone within hours. Did I say that out loud??? It’s not even that I don’t like the chair, it just doesn’t go with the other things in the room. Details coming on the sewing project.
Your converted settee looks like a nice place to sit and read a book or curl up and take a nap. Lovely!
Brooke Berry Kroeger says
Very, very sweet. Love the fabrics too.
I still have my dad’s old crib which is from the same era, circa 1920’s-1930’s. I originally wanted to use it for my children but it was not-safe. You found a wonderful use for yours. Love the shabby and chic. Great job!
In a word… GORGEOUS! I love following your blog. So creative and fresh. I do everything in slow motion, but am decorating in French farmhouse. Love rustic and refined mixed together.
Thank you for all the inspiration you share. I’m looking forward to the sewing project details.
Great job Anita, I love this and the mix of fabrics are fabulous.
I have an old white iron crib for sale. Asking $35. No chicken wire on it !!! 260-490-3071 I’m in Indiana. Would like to see somebody use it. THANKS
Janelle@The Peaceful Haven says
Oh…you are so talented! I just love this idea and I am thinking of doing this in my girls attic bedroom of our farmhouse! Thank you for this amazingly beautiful post!
LOVE THE IDEA AS I HAVE HEARD IT BEFORE DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS COMING SOON PLEASE ??? MANY THANKS
Anita, I love this, what a great idea and it adds so much charm!!!
Rita C says
Perfect addition to your room, Anita, to complete the vintage flair. It looks great, and it looks like you used a vintage tablecloth as your skirt. And I know exactly what you mean by just waiting for the green light to change out the piece that was there. I’m sure my husband and I both have pieces each of us brought into our marriage that we each are just waiting for the other to say ok to, lol. I know i am!
Cassie Thompson - Lovely Weeds says
I LOVE this idea! What a great repurpose, it’s beautiful.
Dore @ BurlapLuxe says
I just love these little transformations on things we are familiar with there other uses.
Love the feel of the room and it still looks like there is room to fill it. Perhaps if the chair has not been donated you will find a hidden out of the lime light of you creative beauty to place it for still use and comfort…. Maybe you can whip up one of your slip covers for it when it’s in non use.
I do not like taking pieces from family members that force a sense of caring for it. I like to start fresh with someone else’s cast off pieces just so I can rid of them when I want and have no guilt doing so. Once a piece hits my home it’s all mine to do as pleased.
I can totally see why it was not a good fit with the crib sette, yet maybe across from it nestled in a corner with a neutral slip on it and a complimentary throw pillow and your hubby can still sit, that is if he was that hooked on the chair.
I am amazed at all the little projects you get done in a instant. From post to post it’s always something that inspires get up and go create something.
See you soon and your beauty.
It looks beautiful……I have been thinking of doing this with my wooden crib that my kids all used. I love yours. Can’t wait to see how you made the cushion. 🙂
Cheryl @ Artzzle says
Another one of your wonderful ideas. Very nice. I like this room.
Larain Shannon says
I laughed to myself and was still chuckling when hubby asked what was going in. I read your comment about the chair,how quickly it went when you got the all clear. His comment “No I am not ready for you to thro out my blue jumper with leather patches” must be a male thing, I enjoy your posts iI get on email, thank you for sharing.
Gloria @ glutenfreepoodlehome says
How cute is that. I love it. I saved the wooden Jenny Lind crib from my girls and want to make (want my hubby to make) some kind of bench for my porch.
Shirley@Housepitality Designs says
I have always admired the old “iron crib sofas”…. yours is gorgeous and looks wonderful in the room….beautiful linens and pillows!
I have my husband’s Jenny Lind crib that wanted to use as a settee for a long time. Since there are no more babies in the family to make use of it, converted it could become special piece to pass down. Please provide details on how to convert the crib to a settee when you publish the details on sewing the cushions.
Painting that beautiful dining room table would be painful to some. I just had a relative that hired a painter to paint her solid cherry kitchen cabinets white. He refused, saying….” I just can’t do it.”
Love your wonderful blog.
Marisa Franca @ All Our Way says
I saw this idea done years ago on one of those “extra” BHG magazines. In fact I still have the magazine because I thought it was such a fantastic idea — BUT I’d never be able to find one of those cribs. Lucky You!! It looks great.
I have one of these. Thought about planting it but will now wait until I see how you did it all. I love what you did with it
I’ve got a crib that I’d LOVE to convert… only problem: The springs that hold the cushion…. any ideas on how to put a sturdier foundation on it? Plywood seems so STIFF… but… It may be the best way… I’d LOVE to hear how YOU did it! thanks!
I have used a thin type of plywood. Yes it is not super cushy.