Thursday, May 19, 2016

Quickie #1

I'm hoping to start doing more than 1 post a week going forward, now that I have finally graduated and have lots more free time!  So, I'm going to dedicate those extra posts to my quickie projects that I usually try to squeeze into the bottom of my already long-winded finds or booth posts.

So, without further ado, here's my first quickie for you!

Start with one (preferably vintage) baby mattress.
I picked it up on the Indiana 38 Yard Sale Route last weekend for $2.

I knew I was onto something when I read 104 coils.

Next, take your utility knife.  
I use a Kobalt snap off blade knife I got a Lowe's on sale recently.
I love that each blade you can easily snap off when It gets dull.  Each strip has 8 blades.
They also had a pack of 25 strips on super sale, so I'll be stocked up for awhile.

 Cut right down the center and across the top to expose the inside of the mattress.
Remove the vinyl outside.

 Remove the polyfill like stuff.

 Can you believe there was an almost straw-like layer?  And babies slept on that!
Take your knife to start cutting that away too.

 Each end had material that you might typically see covering a mattress.
It was connected with wire rings.
Use your wire cutters to remove the rings.

Now that everything is removed, admire your handiwork.

If your mattress coils are not already rusty like mine you can easily speed up the process.

Materials needed:
1. spray bottle
2. distilled white vinegar
3. hydrogen peroxide
4. table salt
In a clean spray bottle put in 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/8 cup vinegar, and 1 tsp of salt.  Put on the lid and shake well.  Spray onto the coils and watch the magic happen.  Rinse off with a hose after.


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  1. Love it Melissa! I've been looking for one of these at garage sales for the last few years. Hopefully this will be my lucky year. Thanks for showing how to take it apart.

  2. Great job! My sister had an old front car seat spring set that wasn't selling as a whole piece in our space, so the next thing she did was take wire cutters and individually cut each of those springs. Now she's selling them each separately, more yield than original to the single seat spring. She said it was hard work, though, getting all the wires cut. :)

  3. Just an FYI...perfect breeding ground for bed bugs, and who knows what has been on that mattress. I would disinfect my van asap!

  4. Just an FYI...perfect breeding ground for bed bugs, and who knows what has been on that mattress. I would disinfect my van asap!

  5. Love it... now what are you going to do with it? Are you selling it?


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  7. I have an baby bed mattress in my basement from one of my grandkids. It is about to come out of hiding. Thanks for the inspiration and recipe for rust.

  8. Great quickie Melissa and now you have the bed springs just as you wanted! Thanks for sharing with Vintage Charm!

  9. What a deal on that mattress Melissa! I looked for one for my craft room and never could find springs so I ended up buying something with chicken wire in it from T.J. Maxx. Glad to have this rust recipe! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. What's up with that Priscilla above? Yes, I do this several times a year when I need a new one to use to display items in the booth. They sell well. To support the comment above, the mattresses do hold a ton of germs and mites - possibly even bedbugs. Wear a mask and gloves. Never do this in the house. I am off to find a new one this week - all of mine have sold.

  11. Great job, appreciate the rust formula!

  12. Wow, I never thought about taking off all the mattress covering. I always find the springs when they're naked. Great tips. Thanks for sharing with Talk of the Town.


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