A friend of mine was thinking the same thing. She gave me the two longest ends of her crib. And it was a beauty.
She wanted me to make a bench out of the pieces, knowing I had tackled the project before with numerous beds. She was looking to use greys and browns and keep it rustic. I hope I delivered.
Sorry about the sun spots, but this baby was a beast and I couldn't drag it out too far from the garage without calling 911.
I decided to keep the sides extra long as the look of the piece lent itself to a more "majestic" design and I wanted to keep the integrity of her crib, so she sees it every time she looks at the bench.
After attaching the sides with pocket holes and building in the seat base, I coated the whole thing with a dark brown paint/primer. I then haphazardly brushed on dark grey paint then rubbed in lighter grey paint.
After some light distressed, I coated with a furniture wax that I added a bit of stain to, creating a darker wax.
The "established" was hand-painted to give it a more personal touch. And just in case her husband forgot their anniversary year.
So, think twice before you throw away those memories. You can always upcycle into something new.
I promise the next time I make a bench from a bed or crib, I will make a tutorial. It's a promise. :)
Have a splendid day,