Vintage doll bed makeover

I found this vintage doll bed at the attic the other day. It must pretty pretty old, maybe 30 years or so.

It was in a shabby condition with the white paint peeling everywhere, but it actually looked shabby in that nowadays fashionable manner. The way it looked it could  fit in one of those small interior and toy boutiques usually placed in the old town of every large city.

At first I wanted to leave this bed as it was, but then I decided that it would be more play-friendly if I refreshed the paint. After all, I wanted it for Johannes. So he could learn that even his toys need sleep sometimes, and maybe become more enthusiastic about going to bed at night himself.

So I gave the doll bed two coats of paint (which wasn’t too easy, since it’s pretty detailed). I sewed the bedding (hand quilting right there!). I gave felt pads to each foot of the bed so it wouldn’t scratch our wood floors when Johannes moves it around.

And then there was one morning when Johannes saw his new doll bed standing in our living room with the stuffed animals sleeping in it.

I’m not going to lie and say that he loved it. He didn’t. It’s turns out that he actually hates the idea of the the toys sleeping and whenever he sees a toy lying in there (I didn’t give up easily) he gets really mad and throws it out.

He only accepts the bed as a pushing wagon for him to sit in and for me to push around the apartment. Well, in that case at least I’m happy we’re not scratching the floor while “driving” the bed.

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11 Responses to Vintage doll bed makeover

  1. Sarah says:

    Haha vilken oväntad vändning den historien hade!

    Kul att du börjat blogga igen!

  2. Liss says:

    That is the cutest story! The bed looks great too!

  3. LeahSephira says:

    That is adorable! and i laughed of the fact that he doesn’t want them to sleep there xD So cute!

  4. Nina says:

    Hahaha he’s so cute! And your hand work looks amazing Antonia!

  5. Laura says:

    Haha, so funny that Johannes had different plans for the crib! The fabric you used is lovely.

  6. Nicole says:

    Like the bed story and really like that blue and brown rug in front of your couch. Sometime you will have to show pictures of the apartment and let us see what Swedish homes are like!

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