August 22, 2011

Doll Bed Rescued With AS Chalk Paint

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. 


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

  2. Your granddaughter and the little bed is just adorable!

    Have a wonderful day,

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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

  9. Oh my gosh grandma! Just sweet and lovely.

  10. 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!

  11. I absolutely adore the two tones of the pretty and layered...

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

  13. 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,

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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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

  19. 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!

  20. Your granddaughter is beautiful! Has she graduated to 18" dolls now? My favorite is thrifting (usually Goodwill) bed pillow shams that have an allover pattern or solid color, adding batting if necessary and making sleeping bags by folding them in half. I add a doubled ribbon to the end so it can be rolled and tied up, then make a coordinated pillow!

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