Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Rock-a-bye Baby

Would you have been able to resist this? I couldn’t. It’s a beautiful hand-made, solid wood baby cradle. I can just imagine the love carved into every inch!

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I am not generally a fan of hearts in furniture or jewelry…but I made an exception for this piece.

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I see beautiful vintage-style nurseries on the Internet all the time now, so I thought I’d make over this cradle to go along with the theme!

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I painted the body in a barely off-white, and then dry-brushed some cream over it. I distressed the edges and details, and then glazed the whole thing with dark brown stain.

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The baby quilt is ‘vintage,’ too! It was made for me when I was a baby. My mother never used it because she couldn’t bear to see it worn out. I take it out of my linen closet to admire every once in a while!

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I used a bassinet to keep my babies close to me in their first few months…

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…but now I’m wishing I had had a cradle!

Note: Even better, this cradle went to a mom expecting her first baby girl

....after SIX boys!

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Linking up here.

30 comments:

Myszka said...

I want to be a baby again! It's sooo beautiful!

Gypsy Heart said...

Korrie, it is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job on it. I too used a bassinet early on with my babies. Wouldn't an antique cradle just rocked? :-)

Love the baby quilt too. Sounds like my mother..."saving" special things. I finally got her to begin using things for herself prior to her illness. It was very uncomfortable for her but she did adjust somewhat. I believe in using all the good stuff every day!

xo
Pat

Carol said...

It is beautiful and you gave it an amazing transformation! A beautiful accent piece even when there isn't a baby in the house :)

gail said...

amazing transformation Korrie! The cradle looks fabulous!
great job,
gail

bj said...

It is just adorable. I had a cradle with my baby girl..sold it in a garage sale and I am just kickin' myself right now. O, it wasn't nearly as pretty as THIS one, but it was cute. No place for it, now, anyway.
xo bj

imsteelefullofscrap said...

How adorable!!!!

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said...

That cradle is beautiful! I'm not a huge fan of hearts either, but they look just perfect here.

The Painted Parlor said...

Aw, that's so precious! I don't like hearts either, but on this piece it works!

:) julie

Ali Richardson said...

SO SO pretty!! I love the antique finish you did. Shhhhh, don't wake the baby :)

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

I'm not usually a fan of hearts either but I can make an exception for a beautiful cradle like this one! I love the finish. Very pretty.

Katie said...

I love the cradle! I don't really like hearts either...but I would keep them to have something like this :)

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for coming to visit my blogs. I love the Graphics Fairy! She is such a wonderful person and obviously generous for putting all of this fabulous stuff out there for free!

I love all of the tables and things you have done with the chocolate graphics!

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous redo! That little gem is an heirloom piece. (I can't believe someone got rid of it!)

Beth said...

I'm not a huge fan of the whole heart decor either, but like you, I would have made this the exception too! You gave it a beautiful new life makes it a true "keeper."

ImSoVintage said...

This turned out so sweet.

Meg said...

So cute! I'm not a heart fan either but for this I'd make an exception!

bj said...

Thanks for coming by, Korrie, to see my little green hutch. I don't know how to do all the distressing and special things you do..I just know how to paint. ;))
I am thinking how pretty is might be WHITE, like this cradle..I'll think about it. :))

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

beautiful cradle,, what an awesome find. Love how you redid it.

Full Circle Creations said...

Oh how sweet it is. I couldn't have resisted it either! Love the remake you did. Great job. And love the quilt! I wish I had a quilt from when I was a baby.

Holly

From Inspiration To Realization said...

How adorable!

Jordan McCollum said...

How sweet! There are some motifs or color that I personally don't care for, but when it comes to something for my little girls, I'm all about it, LOL.

Here via Funky Junk. Thanks for sharing!

T.@WhatWeKeep said...

Hi Korrie!
How sweet is this little cradle? I agree, I can't stand heart cut outs on things, but this is precious.
Hi there, Pooh Bear. ; )

Tina

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Such a charmer!! Love how it turned out~ thanks for linking up and sharing it at FNF :)

Kristal said...

It's amazing how one color of paint can make a world of difference!!

XoXo,
Kristal

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

I love redoing furniture! So cute!

I'd love for you to share it on my "Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings" Thursday blog hop. Hope to see you Thursday!


Melanie

bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The cradle is so adorable and how wonderful you still have the baby blanket. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party.
xo,
Sherry

Jacqueline said...

Very cute! Thanks for sharing at Simply Creations Link Party!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those details are awesome! what a beautiful cradle!

Lori said...

What a beautiful post! I love what you did with it, really brought out all the delightful details. The fact that a woman who is finally having a girl was the recipient just makes it all too perfect!!

peace

abeachcottage said...

Lovely transformation! Beautiful crib. Bet the new mum was very happy to get it :)