Well, this post was a long time coming. If you have been following along, you know that I found this piece and have been working on it for awhile.
This antique crib has all its components which is unusual. It easily comes apart into 5 flat pieces (if you include the mattress springs with frame on the bottom), which is ideal for traveling and using it at shows.
The first thing I did was clean it. I mean REALLY clean it. It was pretty gross. I don’t think it had been cleaned for at least fifty years. It had been sitting in a barn for an extended period of time. This meant there was a ton of grime that came off the frames.
After cleaning it, I lightly sanded each of the metal pieces that made the frame of the crib. I did not sand the mattress spring frame. It has this beautiful green patina that I did not want to alter.
Finally, I applied three coats of paint to each of the metal sides of the frame. Because the crib can be dis-assembled, I simply laid each of the 4 sides of crib down flat on drop cloths so I could paint them. I applied 3 coats of paint to each cast iron section and then flipped them over and applied 3 coats to the other sides.
All of this – took time. Whew. Ok, it also took energy. Thankfully, God invented coffee.
So, FINALLY – here are the after photos showing the crib completely re-assembled. I left one of the side rails down to make it easier to access the pillows and linens on the inside.
You might recognize some of the pillows from my Fresh Finds post for February. Most of the other pillows are made out of European grain sacks.
Here is a close up photo showing the repainted frame. What a difference – right? It looks so much cleaner.
One last photo showing the entire assembly.
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