Picked up this beauty at none other than the Gift and Thrift! :-) For $4.99 it was perfect. I can use it for newborn photo sessions and my daughter can use it as a comfy bed for her many dolls. While it was a cute bed as is, I decided I wanted to paint and distress it...mainly for the way that it would show up in a portrait. So, I gave it a quick sanding and painted two coats in an off-white latex indoor paint.
I needed to rough it up a bit, I really like the look and it shows great in portraits with an old barn floor. So, I sanded it so that the original wood showed through just a bit. I decided that wasn't enough, so I used a brown latex paint that I had and added water for a wash. Brushed it on and lightly wiped it off with an old t-shirt. I really like the way that it turned out.
I'm not a big fan of the heart cut-out. I have some ideas of how I might hide it in a portrait (Child's name, birth info, etc). But, for now, it has found a home in my daughter's room for her pampered dolls. :-)