cribs en-US 8 Creative Ways to Upcycle Used Baby Furniture <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-creative-ways-to-upcycle-used-baby-furniture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="" alt="Learning creative ways to upcycle used baby furniture" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Every parent knows just how costly it can be to set up a nursery. From cribs and changing tables, to dressers and chairs, you can spend many thousands creating the perfect room. And then, after a few years, it's time to get rid of most of it. With safety regulations constantly changing, it may not be possible to <em>sell </em>used baby furniture on the secondhand market. But with a little creative thinking, you can <a href="" target="_blank">repurpose these items</a>. Here are eight ideas to get you started.</p> <h2>1. Turn a Crib Into a Kids' Workstation</h2> <p>Cribs can be an expensive purchase, and yet they don't serve much of a purpose beyond a few years. However, with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can turn that crib into a wonderful desk/workstation that is the perfect height for you children. This <a href="">instruction guide</a> gives you all the tips you need to create a workstation that's both attractive and functional, and reuses almost all of the crib. All you really need to purchase for the conversion is a piece of MDF or particleboard, and some blackboard paint.</p> <h2>2. Use the Crib Spring as a Drying Rack/Pot Rack</h2> <p>If you dismantle the crib and are wondering what to do with the crib spring, don't throw it out. With some chain, a few hooks, and a little paint, you can turn that boring crib spring into a drying rack for the laundry room, or a <a href="">pot rack for the kitchen</a>. Just make sure the ceiling hooks you use go into something substantial, you don't want the whole thing coming down on you.</p> <h2>3. That Old Changing Table Makes a Great Potting Station</h2> <p>The basic changing table &mdash; three shelves, the top one being used to hold a changing pad &mdash; is a functional piece of furniture for any baby room. Of course, once the toddler is out of wearing diapers, there's not much call for it. Well, the way it is set up makes it an ideal potting table. You really don't need to do much to it, other than painting it a color that matches your new set up. If you have a little more time and materials, you can add a handy hutch to the top, making the changing table into a <a href="">fully functional potting station</a>.</p> <h2>4. An Old Dresser Can Become a Kitchen Island</h2> <p>This doesn't just apply to the baby dresser, but any old dresser you have that has outlived its usefulness in the bedroom. <a href="">Take an old dresser</a>, apply a new coat of paint, and add some hooks, a paper towel holder, a stone top, and some new hardware. The result is a kitchen island that completely transforms the look and feel of the room. If you don't like stone, you could make the top of the island a butcher block. Add wheels, and it could move from kitchen to dining room, making a handy serving station.</p> <h2>5. Crib Sides Make Great Magazine Racks</h2> <p>Turn a crib on its side 90 degrees, and you suddenly have a whole lot of real estate that will hold dozens of magazines comfortably. The best part is, this is as simple as remove the side and propping it at a slight angle against the wall. VoilĂ , <a href="">instant magazine rack</a>. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can mount it to the wall, either at an angle, or flush (leaving enough room to let the magazines easily slide over the rails). A touch of paint can really make this one stand out as a feature on a wall.</p> <h2>6. Turn That Crib Mattress Into Outdoor Seating</h2> <p>While you're busy turning the crib into something cool, don't ignore the mattress. With a little ingenuity, you can quickly turn it into a fun and <a href="">functional outdoor seating station</a>. It can be as simple as a crib mattress cover, some old palettes, and some throw pillows. Many crib mattresses are designed to be waterproof, for obvious reasons, so they hold up well outdoors. You can also <a href="">turn it into a daybed</a> for use indoors.</p> <h2>7. A Changing Table Can Be Transformed Into a Bar Cart</h2> <p>Or a dessert trolley, if you feel the need to wheel out your impressive confections on a regular basis. However, <a href="">the bar cart</a> is a fantastic use for that old changing table, and with some wheels and a new paint job, few people will recognize it as a piece of old baby furniture. Adding a cheap accordion-style wine rack is a great finishing touch, especially if you paint it the same color as the cart.</p> <h2>8. Use Crib Ends to Create a Cool Chalkboard Easel</h2> <p>If you happen to have a crib with a solid headboard and footboard, you can quickly and easily turn them into a <a href="">very cool easel for signage</a>. Use chalkboard paint (or whiteboard material), and you can make it customizable on a daily basis, which is great for small businesses. But it's also a very handy thing to have to announce birthday parties, anniversaries, play dates, and so on.</p> <p><em>What have you done with furniture the kids have outgrown?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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</span>Sadly, they seem to pop up every day &ndash; either an indication of our products getting junkier, or a sign that the government is becoming better aware of safety concerns, in general.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>These alerts top my list of &ldquo;recalls you really should know about.&rdquo; If Grandma wears a robe, you must read this!<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I always like when a company takes the initiative and puts out a voluntary recall before any accidents occur.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To me, it is a sign that they are being proactive, hoping to avoid lawsuit, and taking responsibility for their own product lines (instead of waiting for the government to tell them what to do.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Many of these product recalls occurred BEFORE any accidents occurred.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Sadly, however, many of the affected consumer groups aren&rsquo;t the type to read emails or check the <a href="">CPSC website</a> for updates.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Do you know anyone who would be affected by these recalls?<b style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="">Blair Chenille Robes</a></b> &ndash; There have been six reported deaths of consumers by catching on fire while wearing these $20-40 robes.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The reports indicate that five of them were women, all of them were cooking at the time, and a few were in their 80&rsquo;s.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>This just makes me sad, as many of the customers who order from Blair do so over the phone or through catalog orders.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(They are not likely to be reading emails or checking <a href="">Snopes</a> to see if reports are real.)<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Internet-savvy customers can to to <a href=""></a><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;"> </span>for the full details of the recall, or they can call (877) 392-7095 to file a claim and get their $50 Blair gift card.<b style=""><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href="">LaJobi Drop Side Cribs</a></b> &ndash; Two separate recalls have been issued for models of this crib, sold at retailers like USA Baby, Buy Buy Baby, and Beautiful Beginnings.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Retailing at between $299 and $450, you would expect (and hope) that the slats on the side of the crib would NOT break or fall out.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, there have been over 40 reports of slat or side failure, and one case of a baby falling out of the crib and getting bruised.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Read the details of the recalls at <a href="">LaJobi&rsquo;s website</a>, and share this info with people you know.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Check out past crib and bassinet recalls at <a href="">CPSC&rsquo;s website</a> &ndash; just do a search for &ldquo;crib&rdquo; or &ldquo;bassinet.&rdquo;)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href=";charset=iso-8859-1&amp;col=pubweb">Children&rsquo;s Hooded Sweatshirts</a></b> &ndash; I can&rsquo;t even count the number of hooded sweatshirt recalls I&rsquo;ve seen in the last year.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The brands include Red Envelope, Ocean Pacific, Karl Kani, and Gildan Activewear and include everything in between.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Unfortunately, recalls date back to before 2007 and warn of strangulation hazards from the drawstrings in the hoods of the sweatshirts.<span style="">&nbsp;&nbsp; </span>Despite industry standards, there are new recalls every month, and even more companies settling lawsuits as a result of injury or death. Even if you were aware of every recall and avoided purchasing new garments under these brands, many parents buy gently used clothing from garage sales and consignment outlets &ndash; making it difficult to stay on top of the news.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I would suggest reading up on many of the recalls, but to be absolutely certain you are not affected &ndash; avoid buying kids&rsquo; clothing with drawstrings.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Period.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style=""><a href=";charset=iso-8859-1&amp;col=pubweb">Baby/Toddler Play yards (playpens)</a></b> &ndash; I can&rsquo;t imagine living without my Graco Pack N&rsquo; Play.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I also cannot imagine living without any of my four children.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>When <a href="">this press release went out in 2001</a>, parents cringed at the thought that a play yard could be responsible for 4 infant deaths and several injuries.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Recalls dating back to 1993 revealed weaknesses in various brands&rsquo; models, including Kolcraft, Century, and EvenFlo.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Just when we thought play pens were getting safer, a new round of recalls got parents worrying again.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Brands involved in this recent rash of recalls include <a href="">Eddie Bauer</a> and <a href="">Fisher-Price/Simplicity</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Parents are encouraged to follow recall alerts from CPSC&rsquo;s website and subscribe to <a href="">updates via email</a>.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(This <a href="">recent article</a> involving the safety of motel/hotel cribs and playpens is also very informative reading!)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">I recently reported a defect in a new toy my son was playing with.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even when used properly, his little finger kept getting pinched in a moving part and it caused him to lose part of his fingernail.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We took the toy away, and I contacted the company &ndash; with no results.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(I couldn&rsquo;t believe that this wasn&rsquo;t also happening to other kids.)&nbsp; Unfortunately, if there are only one or two reports of failure or injury, it may not be enough to prompt a recall.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>I encourage everyone to be vigilant in reporting product defects to both the manufacturer and the CPSC &ndash; especially if it is something you feel other consumers could benefit from knowing about.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="">What recalls are most alarming to you?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Do you follow them carefully, or do you think recalls are mostly hype?<span style="">&nbsp; </span>We&rsquo;d love to hear your feedback!</i><o:p></o:p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="">credit card comparison</a> website. 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