How To Hack a Walmart Crib

Erin's February Jumpstart Project 2009

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Title: Our Crib W-Hack
Name: Erin Time: 2-4 hrs. assembly (24 for drying)
Cost: $125 + Crib

A DIY solution for getting a custom boutique look from a big box crib.

Click above for pics, below for the how-to and be sure to give Erin a THUMBS UP if you find this project helpful....

Tools:
  • Drill (with phillips head & drill bit)
  • Sander Hammer Circular saw (you can also have Hardware or Lumber Mill cut all your pieces.)
Materials:
  • 1 standard crib with stationary sides (We used the Walmart Baby Mod Crib, style Olivia)
  • Approx. 16'- Decorative wood (We used Red Oak)
  • 1"x 4" 4 -Bun feet 6" high or industrial casters (200lbs min)
  • plywood or MDF sheet (3/4" or 5/8" depth) for base
  • 8 -brass phillips head wood screws 4 -2.5" phillips head screws
  • wood glue
  • 4 sheets sandpaper 150 grit
  • 4 sheets sandpaper 220 grit gloves
  • rag for staining
  • Wood stain
  • Polyurethane satin finish
  • 1 brush 1
  • 0-12 finish nails 1 1/2 Approx
  • 12'-rounded pine molding 3/4"

Steps:
I love the look and versatility of the boutique cribs. But these days we have a pretty strict budget for our apartment. As a result, the most affordable and versatile option for us was a big box store crib (from Walmart) which we new we could modify. We created a new base for the crib that would match a dresser we already owned instead of using the rest of the set. For the next baby, we also plan to create a changing bed that will mount on the top to save space.

Here's how we did it:
1. Remove the screws from the base of the crib and remove any pieces of the base. You want to have all 4 stationary sides attached to each other, the top should be self supporting and solid. The mattress base should also be attached to the sides.
2. Measure and then cut 4 lengths of decorative wood 1"x 4" to wrap around the crib. You do not need to cornice the ends. We kept the ends exposed on the long lengths, they are perpendicular to the short lengths.
3. Sand all the trim pieces (and the bun feet if wood) with 150 and then 220 sandpaper until smooth.
4. Stain all the pieces (again including the feet if wood) with your choice of wood stain and then coat twice with polyurethane.
5. Cut a piece of MDF or plywood (no less than 3/4" in depth) to fit the bottom of your crib, there should be no overhang. This piece should not bend at all and be able to support approx. 200 lbs. This is the new base of your crib.
6. Attach the feet securely to the new base of the crib in each corner, make sure if you are using casters you leave room for the wheels to turn freely. We used wood bun feet and attached them with wood glue first (let dry) and then drilled wood screws through the top of the crib base to the feet beneath to secure them.
7. Turn the crib over and using wood screws now attach the molding pieces to the sides of the crib from the inside, making sure the molding pieces hide the crib base board and the hardware of the feet. If you measured correctly this should be a snug fit that does not require glue. You may need to pre-drill holes if you use a hard wood like oak. 8. Place the base (with feet attached) on the crib (feet up). Use pieces of the 3/4 rounded molding with finishing nails to secure the base to the molding (you may need to pre-drill holes). This should keep the base from moving or from allowing you to lift the top from the base.

Sources:
We used the Walmart Baby Mod Crib, Olivia
Sources for crib feet or casters:
Osborne Wood
VanDykes

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.