New Nursery, Old Crib:
5 Ways To Make It Work

Cribs are often passed down from sibling to sibling, or within extended families, and it seems crazy to buy a new one if a secondhand one is perfectly solid and safe. But how do you make a crib that might be a little tired or outdated seem fresh and new? Here are five nurseries that made secondhand cribs work with style.

1. Tessa's family mixed up the wood grain. Without a set of furniture to work with, trying to match the furniture in your nursery may end up with slight variations between pieces that look awkward. Tessa's Hand-Me-Down Haven works because there is a mix of wood and furniture styles present.

2. Everett's Mom, Tiffany, matched everything else, and let the crib stand alone. Everett's Grey and White Room has a reduced palette (just a few colors present in the room) which ties the whole room together, regardless of the fact that the crib was not specifically chosen for this room.

3. Carolyn made a modern room for an older crib. Just because your crib is a few years old doesn't mean the nursery has to be a time warp to match. In fact, the crib in Alexander's DIY'd With Love Nursery seems modern, because it is paired with a chalkboard wall, modern shelving and a chevron rug. This approach would work best for a crib with simple lines.

4. Susan made it all about the bedding. Susan already had a crib from her first son's nursery and brightened it up in her son Noah's nursery with beautiful new bedding. Even though we're advised against bumpers now, don't underestimate the power of a great quilt and sheet set.

5. Ezra's Mom, Erin, painted it. Painting a crib is a big job, but look at the amazing results here in Ezra's Modern Nursery. Erin sanded this cherry wood crib, primed it, painted it, rubbed it with steel wool, and added another coat of paint. She plans to add a teething guard to prevent little teeth from getting into the paint. This approach would be a good option for a more ornate crib.

And, a reminder, that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission changed their guidelines for crib safety in 2011 which is important reading for older or secondhand cribs.

(Images: 1. Ryan Marshall 2. Postcard & Willow Photography 3. Life in Graz/Pittsburgh 4. Susan Weinroth 5. Erin Loves Earl)