January 2, 2014

Transformed Doll Cradle/Plant Holder

A friend asked if I wanted this cradle, I can't turn anything down that's free, even when I know it will take a lot of elbow grease. 

 So, in between the hubbub of the holidays with my Moms move into her new digs and my 17 and 21 year old niece visiting for  9 days (We had soooo much fun...I love them) I worked on this cradle off and on.


This is what it looked like when I got it....Someone got sticker crazy!


Oh my gosh, have you ever been half way into a project and thought...Shoot me?  There were layers of stickers.  I used a ton of paint striper and scraped and scraped.  


Then sanded and sanded.  Finally I was able to add some of my homemade plaster appliques..Tutorial HERE


This cradle was lovingly hand crafted and my vision was to make it look like it was a 100 years old.


 I used one coat of chalk paint, then sanded the edges and used a coat of clear Minwax followed by a coat of Annie Sloan dark wax.


I achieved the overly aged, antique look I wanted.


I can see someone buying this and thinking... A good coat of paint and this cradle will look perfect lol!



I'm sorry, I know so many of you are in a snowy deep freeze, but here in Orlando it was 83 today and I was out buying some new flowers.  I couldn't resist putting them in the cradle.


How cute is this for a patio plant holder?

Stay safe and warm my northern friends!

Happy Creating!
Carol

48 comments:

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

It was so worth the effort, it is a lovely transformation.
enJOY a sweet evening,
Kimberly

Barbara said...

Wonderful make over!

sandy said...

Such a pretty make-over! I'm not sure I would have attempted getting all those stickers off! So cute with the flowers in it. And yes, I'm jealous of your weather. We have a record blasting temp of minus 50 degree windchill coming up! Yikes! They have already cancelled school for the day of the Big Chill coming up!

By Neymes said...

I LOVE, EU QUERER SER UMA BONECA AGORA :-).FELIZ ANO NOVO CAROL.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

Donna said...

What a beautiful transformation! that poor cradle was just begging to be made over, and you worked wonders! Makes you wonder what they were thinking with all of those stickers? It's below zero here with the windchill and lots of snow, enjoy your warm temps!!

Trisha said...

This turned out so wonderful! I love the idea of using it to hold plants and it has me dreaming of spring! Happy New Year!

~Trisha

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Shoot me? Yes, I've been there, too! But I'm guessing you're happy with THIS project! You have the patience of Job, I'd have quit way before it was finished! Now it looks just right. I'm so jealous of the 83 degrees. Right now it's -.5 with a foot of snow in my part of Illinois. Going down to -25 tonight. Kind of puts the kabosh on those painting projects lol. Guess I'll just have to be happy following yours for now!

Karen said...

Carol you are a miracle worker, that is beautiful.

Kathy said...

Oh my gosh, someone went MORE than crazy on the stickers. High 5 on a great rescue and amen about the folks up north!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Yes, it is cold and we have lots of snow here but it is pretty sitting inside looking out!! Love your new finished cradle. I had one that was unfinished I think that hubby varnished? for me. My daughter now has it. Turned out very nice even if it was a lot of work for you! Nancy

Kelley said...

Oooh, Carol! Adorbs! And she would also look cute holding guest towels, hm? Love x 18!

I know what you mean about the bazillion layers. It's the vision that we just keep hammering at until it's reality. This was definitely worth it!

Happy highways,
Kelley~

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow--that is quite the transformation! What a good idea to put plants in it--love that idea!

Martinel said...

As always just perfect!!!Happy new year:)Marinela

20 North Ora said...

What a lovely transformation! It doesn't even look like the same piece. Great job!

We have been having horribly cold weather with lots of ice and cold, cold temps. Yuck!,

Judy

sissie said...

Whew Carol! It took some real creative effort to tackle that monster. However, it's absolutely beautiful now!!! Of course I'd have to ask $1000 for it!!!!

hugs
Sissie

Celestina Marie Design said...

Carol you created a treasure. What a wonderful transformation. Love the appliqués. You are amazing. Glad you had a great time with the girls.
Hugs

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

WOW, I don't know if I would have taken all that time to make the cradle look so AWESOME!!
Okay, so you have GREAT weather. We might be on the national news, again with our FREEZING weather! LOL!
Warmly,
deb

A Paris Flea said...

Carol you've done it again...a GREAT transformation, just adorable! I would of took one look and said "no way am I tackling that". Mickie

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

I'm so happy you didn't give up on it. What a labor of love and so worth the effort. Love it!

Createology said...

Lovely old cradle. I certainly hope someone doesn't paint it fresh and spoil your charming style. Happy New Year Dear...

Heart Vintage Design said...

Another wonderful transformation, Carol!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL, oh I can hear that too. Funny how different people are in their likes and dislikes. It looks beautiful to me !
Have a blessed New Year (())

Savannah Granny said...

Looks fabulous! I am betting you never want to see another sticker. I had to laugh, thinking about someone maybe thinking about adding a coat of paint. That would be funny.
Happy New Year, xoGinger

Stampindamour said...

Carol - I LOVE it!!! ♥

The crazy "BEFORE" sticker version is kinda funny, because it was the "old" way of making things look Victorian style via decoupage from the 80's and 90's... ;) LOL!

-pamela

Victoria said...

Oh wow, I think your friend may start regretting giving this away!

Marlynne said...

Turned out beautiful! I want to try some Chalk Paint!

Little Miss Maggie said...

It's adorable, Carol, and I hope whoever buys it does use it for a planter. What a great idea.

pipigirl said...

well sunday minus 50 below wind chill. high is going to be 11 below. so appreciate you thinking of us. wish i was back in fl. woman, you AMAZE me with what you accomplish. never cease to amaze me with your creations. love that you share all of your endeavors. stickers look like they are off of doll calendars... its a keeper id say.

Ros Crawford said...

Fabulous make over ... What a lot of stickers!!

Desiree Siegel said...

You just blow me away!!! Love everything you do. :)
P.S. The Governor is shutting down all schools on Monday, here in good ol' Mn. It suppose to get as cold as 60 below wind chills! I may be moving back to your neighborhood soon! ;)

Donna said...

That is a beautiful transformation! Gosh, you got to be tired after removing all those stickers, LOL.

Amy Jo said...

The cradle turned out sooo cute! You did a great job. It really is nice to live in Orlando.

xoxo,
Amy Jo

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Your cradle turned out so cute!! It's just perfect. I love how the appliques look. I would have wanted to give up with all those stickers. Just crazy! I painted a rocker cradle/chair for my daughters nursery. I wish I had distressed it now. Anyway, have a wonderful weekend! ~ Jamie

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What a great transformation! Love the new color, love the appliques and the plants in it.

Happy 2014!
Pam

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

What a great transformation! Love the new color, love the appliques and the plants in it.

Happy 2014!
Pam

Jane said...

Wow - that was a lot of stickers!!! I think you have more patience than me :)
It is just beautiful now, you did a great job, as always!
Jane

Janet Bernasconi said...

Dear Carol,
Happy New Year!
You are one of the most creative ladies on this planet. You always amaze me with your ideas and creations. Just lovely! Thank you so much for sharing it with us.
Have a wonderful week,
xo
Janet
Janet's Creative Cottage

Debbie said...

I would never have thought of it for a flower holder, but it really does work for that. Wouldn't it be cute on the front porch of a new set of parents for a "season"? Beyond that, it would just flat out be wonderful in a nursery.

And I would have walked right by Stickerville and not given it a second glance. Sigh.

That's why you rock like a cradle!

Bente said...

Oh my, you transformed this cradle soo gorgeous. LOVE it.

Hugs from here

Shelly said...

You do such a great job, you always see so well what a tired object can become.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, That looks like a lot of work but the cradle turned out wonderful.
Hugs,
Sherry

Curtains in My Tree said...

your correct to say if someone else bought it they would remove the paint and put their touch on it LOL
Girl It has been minus 35 below zero here
My cousin and I are shopping for a house in Florida LOL

Teresa said...

Your friend just called to say she wants it back ahahahahah
So lovely. I kind of like the sticket madness of before but the Downton Abbey touch you added made it a winner. For whatever use someone might want to give it.
Lovely, Wonderful Job, Carol!
Thank you for sharing,
T

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh Carol that was a ton of stickers! Lots of elbow grease went into that baby. Well worth it I must say. Your added embellishments made it gorgeous!
hugs,
Jann

Dee @ A Lapin Life said...

Fantastic makeover! I sure wish it was 83 degrees here.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Carol,
What a great transformation!! Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind words about my Word for 2014!!

I will be back to visit more later....

Hugs,
Deb

Nancy's Notes said...

That is just adorable! What a precious makeover. You did good!!

Laurel Stephens said...

This is the most adorable cradle. What a save!