Theresa and I have been super busy this weekend organizing the nursery and building a crib for our baby girl. Although we are temporarily living in Puerto Rico, we have been thinking about building a crib since we found out that Theresa was pregnant. Since we are here with a very limited amount of tools, our design ideas have been slightly limited. In fact, we probably spent an hour each hand sanding each piece of wood we cut for the crib because our power sanders are all in St. Croix. Since Theresa's sister Sarah painted our nursery with a picket fence and a garden flower theme, we decided to build a bed that resembled a picket fence. I drew up a set of plans with measurements and a build list on Friday, and after a quick trip to the lumber yard we were ready to start on the crib. I really wanted to add a bit of character, so we decided to design and make decorative fence pickets. To do this, we cut 1x4 lumber into the appropriate lengths, then cut the corners off of one end and drilled holes to make the designs. See pictures below..
The saw and drill set that I have here in Puerto Rico is cordless and incredibly weak, so we had to take breaks to sand the pieces while we waited for the battery to charge. About halfway through the day I borrowed a drill from our landlord and we started to make some serious progress. After we had all the pickets, posts, and frame pieces cut and sanded, It was time to assemble the bed .We drilled pilot holes for every screw, and we assembled one panel at a time. It was imperative during this part of the construction to ensure that everything was measured precisely and that each piece was connected completely square.
Of course, like every project Theresa and I do, Buddy and Bonnie were supervising to make sure we were doing everything correctly.
The next step is installing an adjustable height frame for the mattress and painting the crib. We can't wait to see how this thing turns out.. Also, we hope she sleeps in it! Next projects: Changing table and hanging baby mobile (tin can, maybe)..
I am what you would call a homemaker. I love to cook, love to bake, and love crafty hobbies like sewing, quilting, and knitting. This blog is dedicated to these projects. Enjoy!