An Upcycled American Girl Doll Bed for My Girls

My girls are totally in to American Girl dolls and their faux friends.  Santa brought La La an 18″ Madame Alexander Favorite Friends doll { seriously cheaper than AG and for my four year old who I fully anticipate giving her a haircut or amputating some of her limbs } and she loves it.  I really wanted to get a set of doll bunk beds for them, but the only bed that didn’t cost more than my entire wardrobe has been sold out since November. Argh!  
Imagine finding this little beauty…


Ok.. little beauty may be a stretch, but this was sitting in the back of my favorite thrift shop here in town. 
Guess how much they wanted for it?  
$2… Two Whole Dollars! I walked that little goodie right up to the counter and bought her!  { Ok… I called Bonnie and bragged first, and then bought it }

She got a really good cleaning and I sanded down the little bunnies { sorry all of you 1960 ugly bunny fans… they had to go }.  I tightened her screws and she was ready for paint!  I used  Valspar’s spray paint in exotic sea and it turned out so bright and cheery.  The girls and I were falling in love already! 

The bed didn’t come with any bedding, so we headed to the fabric store.  We picked up a 20 x 20 foam square from Hancock Fabrics and cut it to fit.  This was so much easier than I thought it was going to be! 

I used the girl’s favorite fabric out of my stash… a pink floral from Heather Bailey.  I simply wrapped the mattresses like a present and hot glued the edges down.  Again… super easy.

The last thing that the beds needed was a frilly pillow.  I sewed a couple of ruffled pillows and she was done! 

I have two very happy girls and their dolls have one beautiful place to sleep!

Have you scored any good thrift store finds lately?

* Trish

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Trish Flake

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  1. That’s an awesome find Trish! I love the colors you chose and the fabric is just beautiful! I bet your girls are thrilled! I love thrifting too! I was able to pick up pretty white hobnail vase for $2.00, and a 1950′s irridecent flower vase for .25 :) Love to put flowers in them for my tablescape….

  2. What a GREAT find!! Totally jealous right now. And it looks great!!

  3. The colors are amazing! That was a super great find, I’ve had my eye out for a bed for my girls dolls too.

  4. That is an amazing transformation! My girls would go crazy over this! Love the colors & fabric!

  5. totally adorable! I think I need to do more thrifting!

  6. I really like the idea of covering foam for the bedding! What a find for $2!

  7. Such a great transformation. I used that shade on my kitchen chairs – love it! Great job!!

  8. What a great transformation! I love it! You saved a ton of money by doing this and probably had some very happy girls on your hands.

  9. So cute!!

  10. That is so stinkin’ cute!!

  11. OOOh! So darn cute!

  12. That is adorable! Love thrift store shopping and garage sales, it’s like a treasure hunt never know what you’ll find. (New follower via ‘Thee Networking Blog Hop’.) Off to check out your Burlap & Bunnies Banner.

  13. SO charming and cheerful!

  14. Such an adorable find and redo… New Follower via the Networking Blog Hop…

    Cute blog…


  15. what a great find, you made it look really nice.

    Tamika@ No Time for Tea Parties

  16. What a great find! Your girls will love this. I have many fond memories of the doll bed that I had as a little girl.

    Found you at the blog hop and I’m your newest follower.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. This is so cute! I wish I had a daughter to make one for. The mattress cover is simply delightful!

    Amy {aprons & ambition}

  18. Oh my! That is PRECIOUS! I’m a new fan from the Blog Hop :) So glad to find you!

  19. You have some lucky little girls and I need to find a better thrift shop.
    New follower,

  20. Great find and great redo! Thanks for sharing!

  21. You are so lucky to have found that bed. I know I am going to end up making my own because I can’t give and pay what the stores want. If you need some clothes patterns stop by my blog for some ideas – I won’t pay those prices either:)

  22. You did an awesome job. It looks sooo much better!

    I’ve done a small bed for my dog out of a side table. She doesn’t actually use it, but it was a cute idea (it’s on my blog). Anyway, now that I have a new little girl, I see it being used as a doll bed a in a few years.

  23. Forget the dolls… I’m moving in!!! It’s AWESOME!!!!

    I HOPE you’ll share this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!! PLEASE!

  24. It’s beautiful. What a great buy. I love thrift store shopping.

  25. Great find and the end results are adorable! Hot glue — who would have thought!? The pillows are so cute. I would love it if you would consider linking to Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy, a Sunday through Thursday link party for ideas that make life easier, better and more fun!

  26. That looks awesome!

  27. Unbelievable! $2 is such a steal and I love your makeover … it’s adorable! My girls would love that.

  28. What a fabulous find! The makeover is amazing. My daughter is obsessed with AG dolls, too! Stopping in from HoH.

  29. This make-over is so incredibly gorgeous, I can’t believe you found it for $2!!

  30. Fantastic transformation!! Love those colors! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy! You ladies always knock my socks off!

  31. Trish!
    That is so stinkin’ cute! I love the fabrics you chose as well! AmaziI would love if you stopped by my Creative Inspirations Party to link up!
    I would love to have you there!
    The party is happening now!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  32. Awesome makeover job! I love the bedding, it’s beautiful.

    I’d love if you would share this on Thingamajig Thursday going on now…


  33. This is such a great project! I hope you will come link it up at the Pinworthy Project Link Party going on now over on my blog, Just Us Four.

  34. I love the color, and the fabric. Nicely done.

  35. The re-do is great….LOVE the bright colors

  36. I can’t believe you found one. I love it and that teal color is awesome! I would totally brag too!

  37. LOVE those colors together and I that pillow is too darn cute! Thanks so much for sharing and I just spotlighted it!

  38. So adorable! Love the pillow and the colors!


  39. Stinkin’ cute!
    My Ana would love those beds!
    I am so glad you came by to link up to the party at Embracing Change!
    Please come back this week again! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  40. this is so darn cute1 you did and amazing job!

  41. SCORE! AG sutff is cute, but pricey and I think yours turned out way cuter.

  42. Well, that’s freaking amazing! Unbelievable! And what GREAT fabric!!!

  43. Hi! I’m visiting from Design Dazzle. Great colors! Great find! I love what you did with this. Thanks for sharing.

  44. This is SO cute! What little girl wouldn’t LOVE this?? I adore the fabric you chose and the color you painted the bed. Perfect!!

    Emily @

  45. I LOVE the colors you chose! It’s absolutely beautiful.:)

  46. wow!! this is just so sweet!

    Natasha xx

  47. I have a doll bed that needs to be transformed! Love yours. :)

  48. The doll bed is adorable. I would love it if you linked up your tips to my link party.

  49. Love this! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party and would love for you to share this!

  50. I love it! Why don’t I ever find stuff like this at thrift stores?

  51. OOZING with cuteness!!! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

  52. really pretty

    followed a link from the Friday Linkup party

  53. I love the colors! So sweet. Your girls must be loving it! Thank you so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays. I’d love for you to stop back this week.

  54. WOW! Love it and for TWO dollars, yes please! Thanks so much for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

  55. This is absolutely amazing! I love the colors!!

  56. That is adorable!!! I LOVE the fun bright colors! My daughter would love something like this. I am going to have to keep an eye out! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation.

  57. This is pretty damn amazing!!! I love what you did to this baby doll bed!

  58. What a great find!
    We also felt AG beds were too expensive….
    If you like the American Girl Dolls, you’ll love the website that I’ve made with my 9-year-old daughter!
    We’ve made American Girl Doll Beds from scratch!

  59. Alexa (Kat Biggie) says:

    Oh I love this! love this! Love this! I can’t believe it took me this long since BBC Charlotte to get around to following your page, but i love it and I am now subscribed!

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