Friday, January 08, 2010

Passing it Down

When Wes and I were in the market for a crib for our little impending one in the early 1980's, we looked no further than a neighborhood alley in Chicago! Yep... that's right. We found the abandoned orange crib in an alley. It was smaller than a regular one, but the price was right for our overstretched bank account at the time. Wes lovingly restored the crib with several coats of
blue paint, we had a special mattress custom-made to fit (thanks to Jerry J.) and I stitched up the bedding. Here's what the crib looked like with occupant #1...our little Annie.
Four years later, with new bedding to reflect the manly new occupant #2, we welcomed John into our home.
And now we're anticipating crib occupant #3! She'll need this for napping and overnight visits with her Grandparents. The crib had been stored away for a good 20+ years and was in need of an overhaul. Wes, again, lovingly painted the bed. It was my job to update the bedding. As the baby's nook was to go in the corner of our current guest room (and the former room for Anne before she left for college, and John the minute she left for college) my inspiration was taken from this repurposed, recovered chair. The room divider was recently found abandoned in a dusty garage. Once cleaned up and finished it took on a fresh look with new fabric panels inserted...thank goodness I purchased extra yardage when I recovered the chair.

The green and cream desk will be used for the changing table

with a comfy pad on it. It used to be my girlhood desk!

The dust ruffle was made from a soft green vintage chenille bedspread I found in a thrift store. The trims were found at a garage sale in our City Nest neighborhood. The rest of the bedding was made from chair fabric scraps.

We are now in the home stretch of waiting for occupant #3 to arrive. We're ready!


Timi + Andrew said...

Just simply gorgeous, Deb! My favorite is the room divider how you made it match with the rest of the room! So creative! What a lucky little girl your grandchild is!

The Lindahl News said...

Timi, what are you thinking your colors/theme will be for your next "bundle of joy" baby?

Sharon, Marie and Ellen, thanks for your FB comments! It all is getting so exciting!

And P.S. Anne has just posted THEIR baby nursery photos on her blog. Cute!

simplicity said...

WOW! Looks beautiful! You're going to be the greatest grandmother Deb!

Timi + Andrew said...

Deb - I was thinking of purple walls (very pale, very pastel) or very light green... and the bedding I am looking at these days is a very subtle pastel color scheme (light purple, light green, some pink, some yellow) and we don`t really have a theme this time like we had the jungle animals for Will, it is just mellow colors. I would like something paisley pattern or very romantic, probably purple, mauve and greenish. I know it is a lot to ask but we would greatly appreciate your help but we understand if you have no time at all.

Anne said...

I don't know if I ever realized the story of that crib - how cool! Can't wait for our little girl to get to take naps/sleeps there!

oatley said...

Sigh - wonderful, just wonderful ...

I'm getting inspired!