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Old 09-21-2003, 01:12 AM
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worn out bassinet - what could I do with it??

I just bought a bassinet for the new baby (Due 1/11/04) we haven't even gotten a chance to use it and it's broken. We put too much into it (for storage), and it's bowed out on the sides.

It has a great base to it, and the rest of the bed part of it is in good shape (the bend is really only on one side of the bed). I thought about taking it apart and using the base for something, but I don't know what I'd use it for. I'm not really crafty when it comes to things like this.

Any ideas? My MIL is really into making stuff and refinishing stuff, I thought about giving it to her, but I don't want to give her a peice of junk (basically). Any ideas would be helpful.

Thanks ahead of time.

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Old 09-22-2003, 12:52 PM
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take the legs off and lay it on the bed or couch and baby could lay it it for time being until you got a baby bed

continue to use it for storage, putting things in it

if baby is a girl, dress it up and put things in it for baby such as toys, clothes,

I have one that the legs are broken, but it works fine to put on the floor and have it next to our bed when I took care of the gbabies at the beginning.

hope you get better ideas, but did want to throw those out

Cong on the upcoming baby is this your 1st?

IF not and you already have a little girl, she could always use it for her dolls and struff toys.
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Old 09-22-2003, 05:29 PM
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I have seen them used for holding potted plants--like spider plants that would hang out and over the edges.

Ive also seen them used as a holder for baby blankets, diapers, sleepers or also toys.

I like the idea of a little girl using it for her dolls.

I have my grandmothers doll crib. She played with it, my mother played with it, my sister and I played with it and I just painted it to keep for my daughter to play with it !!
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Old 09-23-2003, 12:26 AM
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This little one is a girl. I have two other kiddo's though. A girl and a boy. I buy my little girl "baby doll sets" that have stuff like strollers and carseats and beds and stuff like this. Although I know she'd really like to use this one for a dolls bed, I don't want to get her use to using "real" baby stuff for play. Thanks for the suggestions though.

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Old 09-23-2003, 05:41 AM
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again I am not sure how it is made, but could you make it into a changing table for baby?

I do hope you find something for the bassinet
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Old 09-24-2003, 08:29 AM
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When my oldest dd was pregnant with our first grandchild she and I went thrift and yard saling constantly for bargains. Her dh was horrified about "used" items until we showed how little we spent on everything compared to the cost of new. (We spent maybe $100--new would have been over $600). One thing we purchased was a sad looking bassinette for $2 at a yard sale. We took it home, cleaned it up thoroughly then set to work. We bought white and pastel colored paints. We painted the basket white and painted the diamond designs woven into and around the basket with the pastel colors. We bought some lace at a local outlet with the same pastel colors and hot glued this around the top and bottom of the bassinette then tied narrow ribbon into tiny bows (using the pastel color theme again) and hot glued them onto the diamond shapes, using different colors from the diamond. Some bassineets may not have the same pattern but could be done the same way. Just pick out the pattern and highlight it with the paint.
I then bought some bright fabric and made a slip cover (VERY easy!!) for the pad and used the left over cloth to make burp cloths.

It turned out SO cute! I wish I had a picture to share so you could get the idea. I have one somewhere but no clue where to look at the moment.

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Old 09-24-2003, 12:14 PM
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yes I can image how cute this was, for Ihave done a bed ruffle and fixed up a toddler bed before for gbaby. also another friend had a large basket once not a bassinet, but a woven hand carried basket that they were going to use for a bassinet and wanted me to fix it up with a cover for the mattess and I did somthing like u did around the basket in checker pattern fabric and lace around the top of the basket. turned out cute, but the way it sounded 2-Beady-Eyes didn't want to use this bassinet for a bassinet but for something else, that why I didn't mention about decorating this one up, but a good idea to do with bad looking ones, and yes you can find many at g sales and thrift stores,

2-Beady-Eyes let us know what you will do, for we can learn from you with whateve you do with it.
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Old 09-24-2003, 03:33 PM
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I hate to say this but I'm probably going to throw it away. I thought it would be neat if I took the bed part off and turned the frame upside down and made like a coffee table or something, but we just have no room. And I really don't have energy or time to do anything with it.

My dad also said that if we threw it out he'd get us a new one when the baby is here.

Thanks for all the suggestions though, they got my motors running for ideas. I'm sorry if I let anyone down, I was really going to do something with it... it's getting in worse and worse shape though.

Thanks again.
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Old 09-24-2003, 10:31 PM
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its your bassinet so you can do whatever, but before throwing away put it by the curb and see if someone else would like to have it first, put a sign that reads free, who knows some other crafty person might see it and wants to do something with it, or someone that doesn't make money needs it for their baby.

my feelings are not hurt, glad you are going to get a new one, you asked we help, but again it belongs to you, there fore no hard feelings here.

GOD BLESS on the baby, take care sweetie
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Well, it has been more than a year, but I will post this in case someone else needs an idea. I also had one that was beyond help. I took the real hard board that is in the mattress part and I use it for a lap desk like when sitting on the couch and am writing letters and such. I hope this helps someone.
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