One-of-a-Kind Photo Display: Repurposed Vintage Cradle Rail

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Looking for a unique way to showcase your cherished memories or favorite photos? Look no further than this one-of-a-kind photo display! See how I transformed a vintage cradle rail into a stunning piece of wall art that adds a touch of sentimental charm to your home.

This super easy project will bring you enjoyment. Display your favorite photos in a unique way that will have your family and friends searching for salvage pieces.

A creative project does not have to be complicated. Search yard sales, flea and vintage markets for unique items. If you are drawn to it, buy the item. The chances are you will invision a use for it later.

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  • Old wood cradle, crib or playpen side
  • 4-6 (depending on the size of the frame) vintage clothes pins.
  • Quick Drying Tacky Glue or hot glue gun with gun slick
  • 4 x 6 photos
  • 4 x 6 photo mats & acrylic (I popped them out of cheap dollar store frames)
  • Paint of choice (I am using a green chalk mineral paint)
  • Paint brush
  • Sanding block (optional)
Salvage vintage crib or playpen side.

This vintage cradle side was purchased at a vintage market. It was interesting looking and knew something could be created using this salvage piece. It was painted in a chippy white finish. I loved the chippy worn look of the salvage piece.

Add a couple of drops of Dawn Dish soap to 1/2 a bucket of warm water. With a sponge or cloth, wipe down the salvage item to remove any dirt or dust. It will allow the paint to adhere better. 

To maintain the character and charm of this piece, I am using a dry brush technique. You will load a little bit of paint to the paint brush. Now pull the paint across the length of the sides or spindle. It will let some of the white chippy paint peak through the green paint.

Dry brush the paint repeatedly until you achieve the coverage you want. You use a sanding block to distress it more (optional).

Saw tooth hanger to the back of vintage salvage for hanging.

You can purchase a Picture Hangers Assorted Kit with heavy heavy duty wall hooks, sawtooth, picture wire, D rings, etc. at a reasonable price. Here two sawtooths are placed on each side of the top. The kit came with with matching small nails for easy mounting.

Vintage salvage crib used as a photo display

To hold the photos, vintage clothes pin are glued with Quick Dry Tacky Glue. You can also use a hot glue gun to secure the cloth pins to the frame.

First layout your photos to see where you want them to be placed. Turn the clothes pin at a diagonal and add glue to the parts touching the spindles.

Vintage salvage crib used as a photo display

Picture frames from the dollar store with mats and acrylic fronts were perfect for this project. I ditched the frame and placed the photo behind the mat. To protect the photo, the acrylic front was placed of the mat and photo. The clothe pins held the three items together seamlessly. Repeat for each photo.

One-of-a-Kind Photo Display Repurposed From An Old Wooden Cradle.

How stinking cute is this display for photos? It adorns the stairwell wall leading to our basement. I smile everytime passing it.

One-of-a-Kind Photo Display from an old cradle rail.

Just look at these precious faces! These are my favorite photos of the grandchildren. What joy they bring to my life!

Such a fun project and unique way to display photos with this vintage cradle with the beautiful chippy spindles.

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Handcrafted Society June Projects

What a joy to be a part of the Handcrafted Society. Follow along each month as we share the inspirational projects you can create for your home. June’s projects will focus on spindles, fence posts, or wood molding materials.

What I love about the Handcrafted Society is seeing the passion and creativity. We are all creating using the same medium or the same theme. It is so inspirational to see the interpretations of the projects.

You can see all of the projects at the end of this post. The images and links lead you to each blogger’s project. You will find inspiration to create something to reflect your personality and style for the home.

With June’s focus on readily available materials like spindles, fence posts, and wood molding, there’s a project waiting for everyone. Head over to the links above to see the incredible creations from our talented Handcrafted Society members, and don’t be shy – share your own project using #HandcraftedSociety! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

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  1. Hi Tammy! You are so creative! This is such a fabulous idea to display special photos! It’s such an interesting piece, it even looks pretty by itself! I like how you added the mat and clear cover over the photos too! So lovely!

  2. What a creative way to repurpose the railing. It’s a lovely way to display photos of friends, family, or even cards. Thank you for the inspiration, Tammy. I love the color too! 🙂

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