After 3 boys I was so excited to have another baby girl. I couldn’t wait to do all the girly things again! One of the things I really wanted to do was to paint my crib so it wasn’t brown and I wanted to fancy it up just to change things up a little after all the boy stuff I have accumulated. So, I decided to set up the pack n’ play in my room until I got the crib painted and decided that I would absolutely never move her into her room until I painted her crib. She is almost 18 months now! The other day I really needed to get into the master bathroom and my baby was sleeping in my room in her pack n’ play. I slowly opened the door, super slow so that it didn’t make a creak. Then I preceded to get down on my stomach and army crawl to my bathroom so she didn’t see or hear me. At this moment, down on my belly and army crawling, I thought to myself, “I guess it’s time to paint the crib.”
I think it is annoying how fast time passes and how that long list of to do’s just keeps getting longer and longer and how the day to day things just seem to take up all my time. That is why I decided to just let my kids destroy my house while I finally painted the crib. It really didn’t take that long and I wish I would have done it earlier because it is AMAZING!! I love love love how it turned out! I am going to tell you exactly how to do it and hopefully you to can transform a piece of furniture in your house. I love how this crib turned into a completely girly dainty crib without too much effort and I sure saved a lot of money since I didn’t have to go buy a new crib. Here’s my crib redesign tutorial:
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint. It is a bit pricey but I love the look you get, plus you don’t have to sand or prime the wood so it definitely makes the process a lot faster. Here is a pic of the crib before I started
I started by attaching some embellishments before painting. I bought a fancy piece of molding and a little wood decal from Home Depot. My hubby cut the molding to length and I used wood glue to attach them to the crib. I had to make sure it held strong by clamping the pieces to the crib while the glue dried. Then I filled in spaces/cracks with paintable wall putty (that’s what we had around, could also use wood filler). After the putty was dry I then lightly sanded it down.
Then I just got to painting. I used the smallest roller brush you can get from Home Depot. It worked perfectly for the little slats in the crib. The chalk paint covered pretty good the first time…
A second layer of paint is definitely needed to really make it look amazing. I love chalk paint because it doesn’t leave brush strokes and leaves a nice finish. I like how the embellishments I added look like they have always been there.
After the second layer dries (chalk paint also dries so fast) then you apply the wax. I just use an old t-shirt to apply the wax. You just have to rub it in there really good (wax on, wax off) It really seals the project! You hardly end up using very much wax because a little really does go a long way. After the wax dries you can sand it with a super fine (800-1000grit) sandpaper to give a super smoothe shine.
I haven’t got much on the wall yet. I plan to put a whole collage of her above the bed. This project didn’t take too long and it was totally worth it. Hopefully this will make it so that I don’t have to army crawl across my room anymore.
I really wanted to get a pic with my baby in her crib for the first time, but she thought I was putting her to bed so she threw a major tantrum. I still took a photo though! Poor baby.
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