Last summer my sister-in-law texted from a garage sale to ask if I wanted this doll cradle.
I thought it was crying out for a paint job, so naturally I said yes. Look at all of those flat surfaces, they would be perfect for some stenciling.
Not only did my s-i-l purchase it for me, she also delivered it which was pretty darn awesome of her considering they live way over on the other side (and then some) of the Twin Cities. Thanks again for doing that Tracy!
I’m still not quite sure about the direction I chose to go with this one because I decided to paint it black, Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky to be precise.
Maybe I should have gone with a color that was more traditionally baby-dollish like pink or yellow. Or even just kept it light with my favorite Drop Cloth.
But no, I went black. Maybe it’s a metaphor for this holiday season.
No, no, of course it isn’t. I just thought it would pack a graphic punch painted black and then stenciled. And I added an uplifting message to ‘lighten’ it up a bit.
I painted the entire cradle in Dixie Belle’s Midnight Sky. Once dry I sanded to distress the edges, and then I added a mish mash of my favorite holiday stencils from Maison de Stencils using Dixie Belle’s French Linen paint.
I finished all of that off with some clear wax.
I also upgraded the bedding itself. The stuff it came with was looking a little tired.
So I added a ‘sheet’ made from an old curtain with some tatted trim and my friend Sue sewed up a sweet little chenille blanket to add a little coziness.
The pillow case is actually a vintage hankie holder. Back in the day one would have kept all of their pretty handkerchiefs inside this little cloth envelope (here’s one on Etsy to give you an idea of what I’m talking about). I just stuffed it with fill to make it a pillow.
I have to tell you guys, I’ve had this thing lying around for years. It was one of those things that I picked up at a garage sale because it was so sweet, but then had absolutely no idea what to do with it. I’m sure I tried to sell it at my occasional sales and never had a taker.
Isn’t it funny how it ended up being just the perfect thing for this cradle?
You just never know when you might find a new use for something.
Speaking of alternate uses, the obvious use for this cradle is as a doll bed, but there are a few other ways you could use it. Take the bedding out and replace it with evergreens for a unique table display. Or fill it with wrapped presents under the tree.
I’ll be heading in to Reclaiming Beautiful with this on Wednesday, but if any of my local readers want to snatch it up before then be sure to send me an email. The details can be found on my ‘available for local sale’ page.
So I’m curious, what do you think of the black? Or would you have gone with a more traditionally girly color?
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle for providing the paint used on today’s project.