Thursday, February 7, 2019

Vintage Dolly Bed Restored

Favorite thrift store had their 'occasional 50% off' on their 'special and more expensive' vintage colllectibles.  Couldn't resist the large Dolly Bed.

This is the 'finished' bed put back together with the Dolly Bed banner.

The frame had been sanded down in a few places so first up was restoring the colour and finish.

I will admit it was tempting to use the bed rail sides for hanging linens, the spring bed bottom for hanging pots and collectibles and even the ends for displaying more vintage.


The dolly bed frame pieces were sponge brush painted with Minwax Polyurethane Transparent semi-lustre.

DH's put the pieces together.

I added a  banner "DOLLY BED" to make sure that no one thought that a real darling baby could use that for naps - not at all safe.

Project: Making A Banner

I was going to use a felt pen to write the letters on each star ... but it didn't look right so I ...

... used Beckly Coal Chalk-like paint and a stencil brush to add the letters to the stars.

The stenciled look worked better for the banner.


• stars left over from a primary school project many

  years ago
• baker's twine, scissors
• small hole punch, newspaper, ABC stencil letters
Sharpie Permanent Marker Chisel Tip
• Beckly Coal Chalk-like paint and stencil brush

I always surprise myself when I am looking for a particular item (such as the Bakers Twine) and look into one of my many 'craft storage baskets' and find MORE stars (enough to make the banner) as well as the twine. I was actually looking for a shape cutter and the stars were a good replacement for making a the banner.

The revived Dolly Bed will be a place to display quilts, vintage linens.

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  1. Good idea on the sign to indicate it was a doll's bed. Parents are weird - I sold a puppy gate once and parents were bidding on it for a child's gate. Lovely piece!

  2. It’s beautiful and will be perfect for displaying and holding quilts!

  3. Great idea to add the pretty sign. Happy Crafting, Kippi #kippiathome

  4. Such a great idea to use it to display your quilts! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

  5. Oops!Forgot to login before commenting.
    Great find! I bet the sight of the dolly bed will increase traffic to your booth.

  6. You did a beautiful job, Joy. I love the star garland, too! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!


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