by Helen
2 Materials
4 Hours
Blessed with 2nd grandson due at Christmastime. I wanted a rocking cradle. Enter Facebook marketplace. The seller was asking $40. I offered $20. A great deal! I knew I would need a little elbow grease to achieve my goal.
Finished with baby nest insert.
Here it is!!! I also made the baby nest.
Actually 3 with one to go. (For mom, both grandmoms and GG great grandmom.)
Original too girly for grandson....
The piece was already unassembled before purchase.
Picture of completed piece with baby nest...❤️
First thing I did was remove the hearts. I lightly sanded old glue from wood. There were several chips that were filled in with caulk, dried and sanded. Cloth used to clean debris.
Supplies used: Rust-oleum aged gray chalk paint. Brush, sanding block, caulk, cloth.
2nd coat
This is a first coat pic. Sorry pics are out of order.
1st coat rail
I think the picture says it all. This is my second chalk painted piece. I’m not sure if I will clear wax. Been researching other finishes safe for baby....
Almost forgot ....After letting piece dry overnight, I lightly sanded to give vintage look. This is of course optional.
Finally, don’t be Intimidated with ”crafting-creating .....” I’ve been at it for 40 yrs and recently started sewing baby bibs, burp cloths, boppy cover, receiving blankets, and nests. Pinterest and UTube are great motivators/instructors. HAPPY CRAFTING!!!! 🙋‍♀️
Suggested materials:
  • Rust-oleum Aged Gray chalk paint, brush, caulk, sanding block, cloth.   (Home Depot (paint) brush (Ollie’s))
  • I had other items on hand.
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  • Wendy Wendy on Sep 16, 2018

    It looks phenomenal! Gorgeous!

  • Becky Becky on May 22, 2022

    That is beautiful. I wonder if a cradle would be study enough to turn into a bench rocker. Take one long side off and either add it above the other side to form the back or move the remaining side to a higher position for the bench back? Hmmmm