We turned our baby crib into a porch swing!
Sentimental hack: Turn a crib into a porch swing to keep your memories growing for years to come! Learn how to easily paint your baby crib porch swing the right way!
I’ve seen up-cycled baby cribs turned porch swings all over the place and FINALLY made my own! Luckily, my babies weren’t biters and all four of them used the same crib. It was in excellent condition when they were done with it so we kept it in storage thinking we would pass it onto our grand babies.
As time passed and after drooling over my many pins of easy to make headboard benches and diy crib swings, I decided to cherish our sweet crib and re-purpose it into a functioning porch swing. Here’s to many more memories with my growing babes!
Tips to turn a crib into a porch swing
Nate actually surprised me by making a swing out of a crib so I don’t have a step by step for you. Sorry! However, all instructions will differ anyway as cribs have so many different styles. He shared with me a verbal how-to as best as he could:
- He used the crib head board and foot board only, he donated the slates and springs.
- He used a Dremel to cut the top trim on 2 sides so it would be flush with the sides of the top of the crib.
- He used two 1×4’s to create back supports (one in the middle, one on the bottom) then wood glued then screwed it into the back of the new joint head board.
- He used more 1×4’s to create a planked bench with 1×3 piece of trim all the way around.
- He fashioned arms with 2×4’s on the front of the arms and 1×3’s where your arms rest.
- He used a boat load of wood glue and screws 😀
- Check out tips to securely hang your porch swing here!!
After assembly, my work began!
How to Paint Outdoor Furniture
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SAND crib swing
I’m not huge on sanding but I do like the paint to grip to the wood so I quickly went over the piece with my well loved mouse sander using 120 grit.
BLOW OFF/WIPE DOWN swing
I hate prep work even more than sanding so I prefer to blow it off before painting versus wiping it down tediously with a lint free cloth. Feel free to do both, dust in your paint is super annoying.
PAINT to use for outdoor furniture
I used Americana Decor Outdoor Living in Picket Fence White.
A huge perk is the sealing power inside the paint, no need to seal afterward. Time saver!
I didn’t dilute it at all but poured a jar right into my favorite paint sprayer.
It covered my new baby crib porch swing like a champ!
I ended up applying 2 coats total, using 2.5 jars (approximately 2 1/2 cups of paint).
Not too shabby.
The planked seat is my favorite! It looks so good paired with crib curves.
At the last minute, I pulled off this brown piece of plastic that said PUSH, spray painted it black then screwed it on the bottom of the swing for an extra little memory of my baby days.
Isn’t it so sweet?
I love how the undertone of the wood came out in the distressing process. I never loved the natural wood color when I first bought the crib but now appreciate seeing a glimpse of it.
Here she is all dolled up.
See all of my porch decor swaps here!
Hi! What color is the front door? Thanks!!
It’s “Jackson Square” from Valspar 🙂
Excellent job! I love this project. Very nice anniversary gift
Thank you, Ivory!
This is a seriously great upcycle. What a great repurpose of a baby crib.
I love your Porch swing , what a lovely update of a crib 🙂
Thanks so much, it’s my favorite piece of furniture ever. Miss my babies being so itty bitty!
What a great way to upcycle a crib. I will have an empty crib soon, it’s almost time for my oldest to get a big kids bed. I’m going to remember this to create
Aww, that’s always sad for our babes to get older! Which is why I love that swing so much! xo
what is your exterior paint color?
The paint code is 417152525780 and I had it mixed at Home Depot via Glidden Paint 🙂
Hi! Love it!
Where did you get the plans to make the seat and all fit?
Hi Carla! My husband surprised me and built the swing, I only painted it. There are a few tutorials on our TO BUILD pin board 🙂
Good luck!! XO
I always appreciated when the maker shows the parts (from crib) used BESIDES the crib, or makes a list of wood need. This shows the end result, and promotes the purchased products to ensure benefit to the product, but I can’t tell how many 2×4’s or what other scrap or purchased wood was used. Often if I ask the ladies what was done they just refer to the hubby doing the actual work..can you share more on the “how”? thanks so much.
Hi there! We share a step-by-step 99% of the time but my husband actually did make this without my assistance so I didn’t take pictures. He did it as an anniversary gift. Darn! Check out our pin board with a few tutorials: https://www.pinterest.com/LollyJaneBlog/to-build Good luck!! 🙂
This is the coolest!!!! It looks amazing and I love the sentiment! Amazing job!
Thanks, friends! XOXOX
Great job! So cool!
Awww thanks, Shawnna!! It was a fun one!! Read on tomorrow for some behind the scenes, mishaps, yikes!
Best upcycle yet! What a transformation! Pure genius! Wish I wouldn’t have donated my kids cribs!
Thanks so much! I’m so happy they weren’t biters, lol!! 😀
Do you remember what color you used on your bricks? The colors are awesome!
Hi Carla! It was a custom mix: the paint code is 417152525780 and I had it mixed at Home Depot via Glidden Paint 🙂