My photog friend Suzy of TriCoast Photography (who shot my boudoir pics) sent me a link to an Etsy shop selling stunning photography props. Gorgeous, antiqued baby beds perfect for taking newborn shots or even a little girl’s doll bed.
Does it look familiar to anybody else? It’s modeled after the fabulous Lydia Bed from Ana-White!
Amazing, yes? I sure think so! The little doll-size version is also really cute. Since it’s not an exact copy of an Ana plan, the Etsy seller is all-clear to be selling doll beds inspired by this beautiful creation. And since Suzy asked me for one, I was super excited to try my hand at miniaturizing it too!
Isn’t it cute?? I love it! I only had to buy one 8 foot 2×2, four finials for about 60 cents each and some $5 trim for the detailing. I used some spare MDF for the side rails, headboard and footboard, and the decorative end pieces. I’m not really thrilled with this MDF, it seems like every time I use it I’m underwhelmed. It works for the piece since I gave it a really weathered, rustic finish. I think it’ll be great for photographs! Including my own little one this August.
The finishing was definitely an experiment. I painted a base coat of a light tan, then tried a crackle medium. Sadly it was way too humid for it to dry, so it didn’t work. At all. I topped it with a coat of white paint, and should have thinned it with water. After it dried (sans-crackle) I tried another coat of white, this time thinned with water. Then I sanded the edges so the brown would show through. The finials look the best, I think.
See the weathered, antique look? It helps the bumpiness of the MDF blend in with the rest of the piece. If I ever build another one (as a gift, because I’m still not quite confident enough to sell my work yet) I’ll use plywood. Dimensions-wise, I decided on a “mattress” size of 20 inches long and 16 inches wide. I picked up some two inch foam at Hobby Lobby that was 22×22, and with my 40% off coupon about five bucks. I made a slipcover with cast-off t-shirts, with a pocket on the bottom so you can pull it out and wash it if you need to. With all the newborns TriCoast photographs, I’m sure there are going to be accidents here and there!
So there you have it. A teeny Lydia bed for a mere $20. I can’t wait to do more experimenting with my building!