Upcycled Vintage Crib Mattress

14 May
A couple of weeks ago a friend and I took a drive after work to my hometown where there is an old farm dump that I know about... waaay out in a field... in the middle of nowhere. I like to go there a few times a year to see what's new.

Today I found something that I think is really cool!

vintage baby crib mattress

A vintage crib mattress! YES!

When I first saw this old crib mattress lying on the ground at the dump I was excited because it looked to be in good shape! But upon flipping it over I saw this...

Darn :o( But upon further inspection I got excited once again...

Yep! Vintage springs were hiding in there! So in the back of the pickup it went!

When I got it home I ripped off all the cover and padding material. The cover is plastic and pretty cute so I kept the side that didn't have the hole... maybe I'll find something cute to do with it.

So here's what we are left with! Cool! Here's a closeup of the springs and how they are attached together.

Of course my first thought was that I'd take it down to my booth at the antique mall to sell because if you look online you'll find all kinds of fun ways to use these!

But the more I looked at it the more I liked it...

So I did some rearranging in my own house...

I tried it in a few different spots but I really liked it here on my gallery wall above the couch.

I took some things from here and there around my house to decorate it... the Home Sweet Home sign is hung from the springs with clothes pins.

I added my Pottery Barn knock-off book page wreath that I made about 7 years ago, also with a clothes pin.

And a framed postcard and little tea light in a vintage jelly jar glass.


Here is what my gallery wall looked like before...

Then I tweaked this area after taking the Home Sweet Home sign from the shelf...

I propped up this cool, old black frame and added the butterfly specimen.

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  1. Super cute! What a great find!!

  2. I love the springs on the wall! And the owl macrame hanger! I probably made a few of those back "in the day"! LOL! I'm sorry now that i got rid of all my macrame books! Anyway----i like all the new arrangements. Great job!

  3. Love the springs! I've been looking for one myself. I think it looks amazing on your wall.

  4. I love it and think it looks fantastic! I have seen this online and thought it was such a cool idea. I love how old items find new lives as something totally different. Saves the landfills from filling up too quickly. I like what you did with the other shelf too. Pretty! Have a great Friday and weekend!

  5. I never pass up crib springs. I use them for booth displays. I also take them apart to use the individual springs. I know of at least five macramé owls I knotted.

  6. What a great find !!!
    I love how it looks over your sofa - great job !

  7. What a great save and it looks awesome on your gallery wall. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  8. What a cool find. I think it makes a great backdrop for displaying items and will be fun to decorate for the seasons and holidays. I remember making macrame plant hangers when I was a kid and used to see macrame items in the thrift stores but not so much now. I guess people are snatching it up since it's back.
    I love the old wood wall shelf and the butterfly specimen displayed. Did you make the shelf?


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