Since we found out we are pregnant, Sam and I have been searching for the perfect crib. We have been to no less than 15 stores (no joke) and exhausted the internet. Basically, I’ve come to the realization that we are very very picky. Unfortunately, Cribs have progressed in style but have diminished in quality. Nothing is even made out of real wood anymore!
We loved a few from The Land of Nod and Restoration Hardware but their price tags were a little hard to swallow.
Sam sent me an email one day at work posing a question…”what if we make it?” with a link to DIYstinctly Made. This couple has a pretty cool blog detailing DIY projects they do around their home. Its a very cool blog and you should definitely check it out if you are looking for some DIY projects to fill your time.
We originally wanted to use Oak but soon realized that all that wood in Oak would be over 600 dollars putting us into the “holy moly we can’t spend that much on a crib” level. We decided on pine because it was the most cost effective without sacrificing strength. It also made our basement smell like Christmas for a few weeks!
We followed their blog post on DIYstinctly Made pretty closely except for a few variations that helped us finish the project:
1. The decorative pieces on the side of the crib are kind of skipped over in the original post. She just says to “cut to fit”. This turned out to be our most challenging part of the whole crib! I would highly recommend using a saw that cuts at a 45 degree angle. Sam and I only owned a a straight cut table saw and a hand saw. We ended up having to cut 45 angles with a hand saw. Needless to say, we had a few mistakes and some hand sanding before the pieces fit together nicely. If we did it over again, I would rent a saw from a local hardware store. This would also help when we had to rip 2 pieces of wood. She kind of skips quickly over that part in the blog post but if you don’t have the right equipment to rip a piece of wood (cut the wood longways to make it thinner) you could end up with the crooked pieces that are useless ( I know this from experience).
2. Do not make the mattress support before you have assembled the 4 sides of the crib. Wood warps and not all pieces are the same length even when you cut them to the exact same length. First we had a problem with the 4 sides fitting together. Sam had to sand down one of the edges to make them fit together. It turns out that one of the sides had warped slightly leaving about half and inch of space that pushed the crib off balance when trying to fit the 4 sides together. The second problem was the mattress support then didn’t fit correctly so we had to re-make it. It would have been easier to put the 4 sides together and then create the support from the actual measurements of the crib we physically made.
3. If you like the color of the crib in the DIYstinctly made photos you must buy the exact stain and brand name that they bought. We went to the store and bought Varathane Gel Stain in Early American thinking it would be the same thing as Varathane Stain and Polish in early American.
The Gel polish gave the crib a red tint that we hated. After we did one coat of the gel stain, we were looking at their photos and thinking “what did we do wrong?!?” Who knew that a Stain + Poly would change the color so much. We wen back to the store and bought the exact stain they used and put 2 new coats on the crib. Luckily, the red was covered and we ended up with a color very similar to theirs with a warm tint.
Here are the pictures as we progressed: