Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vintage Doll Cradle to Awesome Photography Prop

Last summer I found an awesome vintage doll cradle at a yard sale for only $5, so I, of course, had to have it.  It was falling apart when I bought it.  The bottom piece was no longer attached to the cradle and the whole thing was extremely unsafe.  I brought it home with every intention of fixing it up straight away.  Can you guess where I'm going with this?  Yep, I figured you could.  I'm kind of predictable like that.  Anyway, it sat.  For an entire year, until this weekend when I decided to get it done.  I don't have a before picture because I forgot.  I do, however, have a picture of it after I started sanding it and got it all put back together.



While I was sanding, I made a decision.  I was going to paint this cradle with chalk paint.  To make the chalk paint I used 1 cup of paint, 3.5 Tablespoons of Plaster of Paris, and 1.5 Tablespoons of water.  Here's my paint when I was finished.



Painting took FOREVER.  There are so many surfaces on the cradle, that I painted for hours to get it to look the way I wanted it to.  Then I sanded it.  I know, kind of annoying that you have to do all that painting just to take paint off, but I love the way it looks distressed.  




After I finished THAT step, I spent a couple of hours waxing it.  Yeah, that part was the most tedious part of the whole project, but I'm glad that I did it.  It was very rewarding because when it was all done, I got to take some pictures of the finished product.



When Miss R saw it, she immediately wanted to climb in, so I let her.  She just happened to be wearing a tutu dress that I made, so it made for some AWESOME pictures.





I'm definitely not a photographer, so I can't WAIT to see what someone with skills can do with this piece.  You can see that the blue shows up differently in every picture depending on the lighting.  I'd say that in reality it's closest to the indoor picture.  What do you think?  Is it an improvement?


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