Monday, August 22, 2011

A Bed For Lilly's Baby Doll


A neighbor of mine was throwing away this doll bed.
It's chippy, dusty, and has a boo-boo that has been fixed with a mending plate.

My grand-daughter, Lilly, is 2 years old and has a favorite baby doll.  I thought they might enjoy the bed if it were cleaned up and painted.

I had gotten cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in "Old White" and "Old Ochre" several months ago.

 The "Old White" had been used on a dresser but the "Old Ochre"   had never  been opened.  A small project like the baby bed
was a good subject to use "Old Ochre" for me to see
what it actually looked like before putting it on
something larger.
This is the bed after a coat of "Old Ochre".

The "Old Ochre" is a light tan compared to the "Old White".

After the "Old Ochre" dried, a coat of "Old White" was added.

When the "Old White" coat dried, the bed was lightly sanded
to reveal the different layers of colors.

A coat of clear wax was rubbed onto the bed also.
Unless you see the two colors right next to each other, it might be hard to tell the difference between them.

All the little bed needed now was a mattress, a blanket, and a pillow for the baby doll.

 Originally, I went in the attic to find some material from a project that fabric was purchased for but never done.  Instead, I came across this long pillow sham that I had made about 15 years ago for my, then, teen-aged daughter's bedroom.

I was hoping the pillow sham would only have to be cut shorter and stuffed in order to become a mattress.  Ooops...too wide.
I ended up cutting the back away from the front and basically made a simple pillow to be the mattress.

The excess material from the front of the long sham became a blanket for the baby doll.

The little pink pillow is the smallest one I have ever made.
I hope Lilly and "Baby" enjoy the little bed re-habbed with love. 

I am linking this post up with

"No Minimalist Here" Open House Party
will be at "On Sutton Place" for the next few weeks while Sherry is on vacation


"Primp" Primp Your Stuff Wednesday

"DIY By Design" Sizzle Into Summer

"Bear Rabbit Bear" Crafts for Under-Twenty-Somethings

"From My Front Porch to Yours" Treasure Hunt Thursday

"Tales From Blogerittaville" Thrifty Thursday

"Thrifty and Fabuless" Thrifty Thursday

"Crafty Scrappy Happy" Me Thursday blog party

"The Thrifty Groove" Thrifty Things Friday

"Christina's Adventures" 20 Below Thursday

20 comments:

Megan @ Apple House Revival said...

Well, your granddaughter IS a doll! I'm sure she and baby will love such a thoughtful present from grandma!

Gail said...

Your granddaughter and the little bed is just adorable!

Have a wonderful day,
Gail

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

She will love her new doll bed!! Your granddaughter is such a cutie pie.
xo,
Sherry

Shirley said...

A little doll bed for your beautiful Granddaughter. So sweet and the work was nicely done. I'm sure her baby doll will be spending lots of time under the blanket.

Barb and Dell said...

Hi Gayle, How cute is that.
I am mentioning you on my blog today. it is called the Liebster Blog and meant to connect new bloggers.
Have a great day.
Barb

Kim from Maiden D'Shade said...

This is so darling! And so is your granddaughter! I love her eyes!

Kathie said...

She is just gorgeous! Love this doll bed- how could anyone ever part with it? Lucky for you (& your little doll) they did. Great job!

Kerry Rossow said...

Miss Kitty! Miss Lilly is so adorable!
She will treasure that bed forever!
Thanks for popping by my place! (Let me know what you think of The Help, movie!)
Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Oh my gosh grandma! Just sweet and lovely.

g.suzie said...

It looks like every little girl's dream. . .and your
granddaughter is a dream!
I'm curious I've never heard of 'chalk paint' before
what does it do!
Sue

allenaim photography and design said...

I absolutely adore the two tones of the white...so pretty and layered...

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Super cute! You are so talented!

I'd love for you to link up to our Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings party going on now. It's a blog hop specifically for kids and teens related "stuff", so your post would be perfect!

Melanie
http://bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com/2011/08/crafts-for-under-twenty-somethings_24.html

Betsy said...

Fabulous makeover! I love the paint job and the colorful new bedding. I'm sure your granddaughter will love it always.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Miss Kitty...

Ahhh...just precious! The doll bed turned out sooo cute, my friend! And...I love the cushion, pillow and blanket that you made for it as well! Your little granddaughter is adorable! I bet she is having a grand ol' time with her new doll bed! What a sweet Grandma you are! Thanks for sharing your latest project with us!

Warmest summery wishes,
Chari

Pamela said...

Turned out super sweet and Lilly is beyond adorable! Thanx for linking up!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

How darling! It turned out so cute! I'm sure your grandbaby will love putting her doll in it. Found you via From My Front Porch to Yours. Pop on over for a visit when you get a moment. Tootles, Kathryn
http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2011/08/what-do-you-see.html

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

You are the best grandmother ever! What a treasure. Thank you for linking up to Open House Party. I really appreciate it...try to come back next week!

Tammy said...

What a great rescue! Lovely bed for her dolly. You did a great job! She'll love it! I am your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

How sweet! I am IN LOVE! I kind of wish it was human sized because I would love a bed frame just like that one! I know your granddaughter is going to have a wonderful time playing with her new treasure! Ohhh and I wanted to say you take GREAT photos! :o) I am excited to have found your blog and will most definitely be back to check out new projects! Thank you for linking to my party!!! ps I didn't see a follow button on your blog or I would for sure be a new follower!
Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

Diann said...

This is just so sweet! You did a lovely and thrifty transformation on this little doll bed! thank you for joining TTF and have a wonderful week!

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