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!