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Bassinet to Moses Basket

With little Phinehas taking his time to arrive I have been working on a few little projects for him. One of those was taking the wicker bassinet my mother had for me and converting it to a moses basket of sorts.

bassinet to moses basket

I’ve always loved this little basket but it didn’t exactly scream “me” if you know what I mean. The light wood with the green and pink stripe was definitely from the era of my birth.

bassinet to moses basket

At first I thought I would just spray paint the bassinet white and see if I could use it to contain blankets or something in Noah’s room.

bassinet to moses basket

At that point I decided 1) the white color wasn’t my favorite and 2) the hood had to come off. At this point I stalled out for a number of months in indecision. Painting a passed down bassinet is one thing…..chopping it in half and hoping I could get it back together was another thing all together.

bassinet to moses basket

But I finally mustered up the courage and chop away I did, carefully cutting the basket along the line I wanted.

bassinet to moses basket

Then I removed the horizontal weaving.

bassinet to moses basket

I wasn’t entirely sure how to get the thing back together so I left the vertical strips thinking maybe I could reweave it.

bassinet to moses basket

At the end of the day I ended up using a needle and thread to secure the edging back to the base as discreetly as possible and then I hot glued it to help give it a little more sticking power. I then cut off the long vertical strips close to the top and secured them in place with more glue so the border weave wouldn’t slide off.

It turned out pretty good in my opinion. Once the bumper is installed on the basket you won’t even see the edge so I am pleased with it.

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I decided a little darker finish was a better choice (and would cover better than the white spray paint) so I decided to go with my favorite finish, Oil Rubbed Bronze. They had a cheaper can version of this at our Walmart that was still by Rustoleum so I decided to give that a try.

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I love the way it turned out!

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It seems a little darker than the normal Oil Rubbed Bronze but I really think it is beautiful!

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A few weeks ago we went on a trip to Joann’s and picked out the fabric for the bumper.

I’m in the process of cutting down a standard bassinet mattress since this one is a weird size and making the bumper. Can’t wait to get it finished and share it with you!

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