Monday, August 8, 2011

Goodwill Finds and a Shabby Cradle

Last week was a crazy week.
Really, the last two have been.

I'm ready to get back on schedule,
do some creating,
list some new items in my shop,
and buckle down to work.

My mother and I made a trip out of town to visit her doctor last week.

Any trip out of town includes a couple of necessary things.

A trip to the craft store,
a trip to the thrift store,
and lunch.

Mom was great and not only bought us lunch,
but also bought shakes at Steak n Shake during happy hour.

A nice suprise,
especially as she was letting me drive,
which always frightens her a bit.

I was hoping to find a couple of breadboxes to paint.
I'd had fun with the aqua breadbox I recently painted
and wanted to do another one.

Eagle Eye Grandma (Mom's new nickname) found two for me!

I was lucky to find a little rocker
which is almost painted and ready for it's debut,

and this doll cradle,

which now looks like this.

The color is a little lighter and greener than in the photo.
I love how it turned out.

The basecoat is Ceramcoat in Caribbean Blue.
The topcoat is clear wax mixed with burnt umber and black acrylic paint.
I'm having fun learning to use different paints and techniques.

The smaller projects give me the opportunity to experiment,
before tackling the larger ones.

Did you know that you can add acrylic paint to clear wax to get the effect you'd like?
I haven't been able to find a colored wax in my area,
so decided to make my own.

It works!

The Old Block House



  1. Wow, some wonderful finds. Love your cradle. It has such character. I found one this weekend, but not with quite so much character. I like how you altered it.

  2. I used Caribbean Blue. It's a beautiful color. Nice job.

  3. Great finds and great finishes...beautiful! I love the cradle:)

  4. Great finds! I love that little rocking chair - I can't wait to see how it turns out!

  5. Great score, love the new color on the cradle. Are you going to use it for collection of ?, display pine cones? put Christmas vintage toys in it? or what? Please advise.

  6. That cradle reminds me of one my father made for my sister's dolls when she was little. Great finds!

  7. Love these - and that cradle is adorable! Hope you are having a super Tuesday.

  8. The doll cradle looks amazing!! Good job!

  9. You found some great stuff! The cradle looks so cute!!

  10. I love that first piece. Great finds:)

  11. Great finds and wonderful finish to the cradle. If you have a moment, I would be thrilled if you shared this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}.
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

  12. wow. those turned out great!

    thanks for riding the train today, now following so i won't miss any of the good stuff!
    Jen Greyson | Author

  13. Smart to do smaller projects first. I tried to do a candle holder and metal serving tray to make a dessert stand. It didn't work. After the primer, It tried to spray paint the tray and it just started cracking all over. Turned out terrible! Not sure what I am doing wrong?

    Your cradle turned out great. Thanks for sharing!

  14. "Eagle Eye" Too cute! Great finds! Thank you so much for linking up and partying at Home Savvy A to Z this week!

  15. What a nice way to repurpose old finds at Goodwill! I'm stopping by from the Stumble Tumble linky and stumbled this post :)

  16. I need to get to goodwill!
    I saw your website on the Alexa Blog Hop, would love for you to come over and visit!

  17. Very inspiring :) I've stumbled this post. Mine is at

  18. I've got that same little cradle! Thank you for the inspiration! I would love for you to join us today at "It's a Party"!

  19. Love the color! Very nice! And those are great finds!

  20. The doll cradle is adorable. It caught my eye because I linked up a full-size cradle this week!

  21. The cradle came out beautiful! I was wondering if you had a tutorial on using the wax or where you learned how to apply it. I have been hearing more and more about it, but have not found a detailed tutorial or at least a list of supplies (w/ name brands, etc.) used. TFS!
    misingyu2 at gmail dot com

  22. I wish I found more kid-free time to consignment/GoodWill shop. I'm amazed at some of the awesomeness I see!

    I stumbled your post. If you want to stumble back, you can find mine at

    Jamie @

  23. Hidden treasure. Older furniture was often made of better quality timber, so a quick redo gives it a new lease on life. Love your finds.

  24. Great finds :)

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  25. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!


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