Before and After: Upcycled Vintage Doll Cradles

A Pair of Vintage Doll Cradles Get A Shabby to Chic Makeover

Hi All,

Today was the first day of school for my kiddies. I can’t believe summer is on its way out so soon. I have noticed Fall Decor popping up in all the stores already! It is still pretty hot and sticky here in NC so I can’t even begin to think about pumpkins, witches and apple cider yet.

Today I wanted to share with you an adorable “upcycling” project I recently completed. A favorite client of mine gave me this pair of vintage doll cradles she had no use for. She figured I could do something with them.

As soon as I saw them I was picturing new paint, new bedding…. OH BOY!

Vintage Doll Cradles

I started their transformation with a fresh coat of paint.

vintage doll cradle

The first vintage cradle received a couple of coats of Cottage Green paint with a little distressing for a Shabby Cottage look. To give it some personality,  I added a couple of vintage baby  images and created a “mattress” and doll blanket out of new and vintage fabrics.

upcycled vintage doll cradle

This “shabby to chic” Upcycled Doll Cradle is just too cute now!

upcycled vintage doll cradle

I didn’t want both of them to be identical so I painted the second vintage doll cradle a soft, buttery yellow and added more vintage baby images.

yellow upcycled doll cradle

The handmade bedding was created from a vintage pink chenille bedspread and a vintage bed sheet. It is so darling!

vintage doll bedding

Here is the second upcycled vintage doll cradle all finished and ready for a new home.

yellow vintage doll cradle

I think this pair of vintage doll cradles are so sweet. They would fit perfectly in a vintage inspired little girl’s room. I would have loved these when I was a child. I would spend hours in my room playing “house” when I was a little girl. I guess I have always been domestic. There’s no place like home.

upcycled vintage doll cradles

Well that’s all for today blogland friends. The next time you are wandering around a second hand shop or flea market, don’t pass on that lonely old doll cradle. Bring it home. With a little TLC they can become beautiful again. Just think of all the memories that will be created when a special little girl in your life plays with them!

Thanks so much  for visiting today!



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8 Responses

  1. Oh my goodness, how sweet and precious are these. Fantastic redo, they look wonderful. Definitely captured that vintage feel. I would love for you to link up to my ongoing party – Inspire Me – Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  2. Jennifer T

    Love what you’ve done. I just got my cradle passed on to me and the cats love it so much I want to paint it and keep it where they can enjoy it. Who makes the Cottage Green paint that you used?

    • Hi Jennifer,
      I bought the paint in the mistint pile at Lowes. Valspar at Lowes has a great selection of colors and now they come with primer mixed in which makes our lives so much easier! I always use interior latex in a satin finish. Semigloss does not distress as well and flat paint does not hold the wax as well. I always finish my painted pieces with a coat or two of paste wax. Good Luck! Send me some pics when you are done with your cradle 🙂

  3. Jennifer T

    That was sooo very nice of you to give me such a detailed and informative response. A lot of bloggers aren’t will to share “trade secrets.” I just want to paint the cats’ cradle (pun intended.). It will be about a month before I tackle it but when I’m through I’ll send you a pic or two. Keep up the great posts! I’m a fan.

  4. These are so cute! I love this idea. I have seen the unfinished cradles at craft store, and now I know what to do with them! 🙂
    I found your post on the 5 Minutes for Mom “Tackle It Tuesday” linky for today. I’m glad I stopped by. 🙂

  5. These are so cute! I know my girls would love little beds like these to play with!

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