This has been a work in progress. I had already painted this crib once for Addison and learned some things along the way, and this time, I decided I would share some of the tips that helped me to get this project done. I am so excited to share this post with you today because it means I am one step closer to finishing Adam’s nursery. It is probably the best looking room in the house since we have moved in, and the least used. Hmm… lol!
Painting a crib, especially with these spindles, is no easy task. Unfortunately I don’t have before pictures because this was a work in progress while I was packing at 9 months pregnant and moving 2 weeks postpartum. The good news is, I’m here to help! I am no expert by any means and everything I am sharing with you today simply worked for me. If you are unsure of anything I definitely would recommend consulting a professional before proceeding.
Tips on How to Paint a Crib
– First thing… please please make sure if you are using an older crib that it is lead free paint, lead can be harmful to the baby! Once that is determined you can move forward.
– If your crib is already painted, you might want to sand down any paint drips that have occurred from previous paint jobs. There were a few on mine… I was going for the vintage look so I wasn’t that concerned with them being perfect. This is just a personal taste.
– Once you are done sanding anything necessary wipe the entire crib down, you want to remove any dust, dirt, grime, paint particles, etc. Then let it dry completely.
– Invest in a good paintbrush! You will be thankful later.
– For the actual paint I suggest using Maison Blanche Furniture Paint. I used their Silver Mink Color, it looks white from a distance, but it has a slight gray/silver look to it. It was perfect for me because I wanted white, but you know me and my vintage look… I didn’t want it bright. I also am really going for a clean vintage look for this nursery. Old but in great shape… not even sure if that makes since, but that’s what I went for with Adam’s Dresser too! This paint doesn’t require any sanding if your crib is stained and it really cuts down on the prep time, and this was necessary for me considering the spindles I was working with.
– This paint is pretty thick and goes on nicely, depending on your crib style you might only need one coat, I did two.
– This paint dries really quickly so that helped speed up the process, if you are using a more traditional paint be sure to let it fully cure between coats to insure the safety of the baby and the paint’s VOC’s. Another good thing about Maison Blanche’s Paint, the VOC’s are extremely low! A big plus for me.
-Once you think you are done (if your crib has spindles) you are probably not. So just take a second look over the entire crib and touch up any places that didn’t get covered by the paint.
– Let the paint fully cure based on the manufactures suggested time frame. I waited 48 hours.
– Now you can move onto the sealing process. I did lots and lots of research on this part and came to the conclusion that once fully cured, poly-acrylic should not be harmful to the baby. This is one of those things that I would prefer you consult a professional on if you are concerned. I am NOT an expert. I felt comfortable with the decision after much much research, and I want you to feel comfortable to. This is your cute little baby’s bed we are talking about!
– I used a Spray poly-acrylic and allowed it to dry for 3 weeks before placing it in the baby’s room.
– I decided to go with a spray simply because of the spindles I was working with.
– I sprayed 3 coats following the manufacturer’s guidelines, allowing appropriate dry time between coats. Then I did two more where I felt a baby might chew on it at any point. I also try to make it a point to not allow my kids to chew on the crib, but they are sneaky little creatures! : )
– Once you are done, let FULLY cure! This is very important to reduce the level of VOC’s.
Now you get to bring it inside! and decorate! ! : )
Want to know what else I have done for this nursery? Check out the posts below.