Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sentimental Crib...

When we were in Texas a few weeks ago for my high school reunion, we spent Saturday morning with my grandmother (I call her Mother). She shared with me that she wasn't sure if I would be interested, but my great-grandfather built a crib for her when she was a baby, and thought I might want it for our baby. The crib was not only used for my grandmother, but also for my dad and his two brothers. It is definitely an antique, at least 80 years old...but more importantly, it was built by my great-grandfather (who passed away last year at the age of 102).

I am SO excited about this...how sentimental and special would it be to have our baby sleep in the crib that my great-grandfather built with his own two hands?!?!?

My grandmother took the crib last week to a company that specializes in refurbishing antique furniture. She was concerned that it wouldn't be able to be fixed, but they felt confident that they could change out some of the bolts, screws, etc. and paint it. I thought that I might want it stained to match our bedroom furniture...we are thinking this crib will be the one we keep in our room when the baby is small and we can get a bigger one for the actual nursery. But, the company was concerned that due to the fact that the wood is so old, it wouldn't hold stain very well. So we've decided to just have them paint it white instead.

Here are a few pics of the crib BEFORE...



It was one of those cribs that you could adjust the railing up or down, but since that is no longer safe, they are going to bolt it into one position.

My grandmother thinks that it will be ready by the time my parents come again for a visit at the end of July and they can bring it to us.

I am SO very excited about this sentimental crib and look forward to the day when I can tell our sweet baby who made it :)

8 comments:

Jennifer said...

how wonderful! I love it. great story! :)

Lauren said...

Lianna!!!! This is just so so sweet. Oh, friend, I’m praying for the day you can put a sweet baby in that crib. Love you!!

Alyson said...

What a precious gift! Your baby will be so lucky to be loved by so many generations of your family! Praying for you!

Sonya said...

Neat! Can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!

Sandra (Sarah Creamer's Mom) said...

You have no idea what that crib will mean to you. Sarah has a glider that belonged to my parents...no antique, it was just "theirs". When my mom passed away in 08, I told Sarah to take the glider and hang on to refinish and use in her nursery when she had a baby. So now it is painted black and sits in Ayla's room. Everytime I babysit and rock Ayla in that chair, it stirs up so many emotions. I usually rock her with tears streaming down my face...knowing my mom and dad would be so thrilled to see their chair holds such an esteemed position in the Creamer household.

(ok, so maybe it means more to me than to Sarah, but trust me...that crib will truly be a special gift when you place your little one in it for the first time) :)

Kendra said...

I love this story!!!! Can't wait to see a baby in that crib =)

Anonymous said...

good start

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you to start getting your nursery together and this crib has great meaning ;-) I'm glad that you are getting the slider locked in, have you also checked the width between the bars? I think as long as a pop can can't fit through them they are fine ;-) I don't want to be a party pooper, just thought you may want to double check ;-)