This may be the longest a furniture makeover has taken me - but for good reason, it's for Ben and my son :) Being pregnant doesn't make painting furniture the easiest task in the world, so I've been working on it a little at a time over the last month or so... with lots of cookie breaks.
I'd like to say that it's completely done, but unfortunately my current state/large tummy makes things like: lifting mattresses and flipping over cribs to add screws and bolts - inadvisable. Just a warning that the final progress pics in this post are missing parts! So I'll have to wait for Ben to get home before it can really be finished :)
In the meantime I'm excited to share the progress I've made so far! Here's how it looked before:
I should also mention that Ben and I are incredibly lucky, in that we've had so many generous gifts already given to our boy, this crib included! (Thanks Justin!)
First thing I did was clean the surface. It was in great shape so I just used a couple Clorox wipes and let it dry fully before painting.
Then I did a lot of research to see what was the best paint to use on a crib. I knew I wanted something that would be safe for baby, and I came across Lullaby Paints. This stuff is made specifically for cool kids like me who can't resist painting every possible surface, but don't want to worry if their obsession with painted furniture is safe for their kid's things. I bought from Project Nursery, but you can also find it at BuyBuy Baby, Bed Bath and Beyond. The color I got is called "A Touch of Grey".
Since I was painting a shade of grey that's super close to white - over a very dark brown, this took about three coats. Their can of paint will instruct you that two coats is best, but that's probably for those painting a color over a white crib. Allow plenty of time to dry between coats!
There you have it! It still needs to be properly assembled with the stabilizing bar on the bottom and obviously the mattress/bedding, etc. I'm planning to do a nursery reveal as the time gets closer and after I refinish the matching changing table! Stay tuned :)
PS If you're a Harry Potter fan like myself, you'll love this post which shows the timelapse of how I created the Hogwarts mural in our babe's room!
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