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Painting a crib 3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
Mar 3rd '17

Have you painted a crib? I painted my third baby's crib and it was a nightmare. Took forever and looks like crap lol. I went from a dark espresso to white though. I just picked up a used crib and upon loading it into my truck I realized how disgusting it is and has much deeper scratches and damage than what I was told. I was going to clean it up and either sell for cheap or donate but I'm considering painting it. It's a dark cherry/espresso color and I'd be painting it either black or a rich brown espresso color. Any recommendations? Spray paint or paint brush and roller? How much sanding? What about the slats? The slats were the worst with the last one I did. 

...B... 5 kids; 3 angel babies; .., .., Christmas Island 1314 posts
Mar 3rd '17

Is it glossy? I would sand before painting if its glossy, paint will stay better. Also if i has deep scratches you can fill it in with wood glue. And i would paint it black. 

Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Mar 3rd '17

Buy a thing of "Old English", just make sure you grab the one for dark woods. it's only like $4-6.  

It makes the dings and scratches less noticeable, and you can match up the woods.


we just bought rail covers for the top and sides, because well.... let's not chew on chemicals, lol.

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
Mar 3rd '17

Quoting ...B...:
Is it glossy? I would sand before painting if its glossy, paint will stay better. Also if i has deep scratches you can fill it in with wood glue. And i would paint it black. 


Is has a bit of sheen to it. I'll definitely sand first to help smooth out the scratches, I just hope it takes less coats of paint than the last one I painted did. Wood glue is a good idea though! Thanks!

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
Mar 3rd '17

Quoting Have Heart:
Buy a thing of "Old English", just make sure you grab the one for dark woods. it's only like $4-6.  

It makes the dings and scratches less noticeable, and you can match up the woods.


we just bought rail covers for the top and sides, because well.... let's not chew on chemicals, lol.


The last one I painted I used a low VOC paint and put a polyurethane type coat on top. It was just a time consuming project. I'll try some old English first though! Th crib itself is disgusting. Dried milk all over and whatever this nasty stuff is 
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Have Heart 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Western, NY, United States 9013 posts
Mar 4th '17

Quoting 3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14:

The last one I painted I used a low VOC paint and put a polyurethane type coat on top. It was just a time consuming project. I'll try some old English first though! Th crib itself is disgusting. Dried milk all over and whatever this nasty stuff is 




Cleaning a crib is def a full day project. been there, done that! haha.
I wanted to refinish DS1's for DS2... and the Old English did wonders.

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
Mar 4th '17

Quoting Have Heart:


Cleaning a crib is def a full day project. been there, done that! haha.
I wanted to refinish DS1's for DS2... and the Old English did wonders.


The sanding of the last one took me months lol, but I went from a dark crib to white and wanted to make sure I didn't miss any spots. I'm really not sure why I'm even considering this again..

NicoleAshley721 Due October 1 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; United States 291 posts
Apr 20th '17

I've been really wanting to sand my daughters crib and paint it grey to match her big girl bed (#2 on the way!) 
Its espresso.. Am I going to want to kill myself? lol

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
Apr 24th '17

Quoting NicoleAshley721:
I've been really wanting to sand my daughters crib and paint it grey to match her big girl bed (#2 on the way!) 
Its espresso.. Am I going to want to kill myself? lol


I'm a perfectionist and found it really hard to get the results I wanted :/ I ended up not sanding and painting the second crib for this reason. I've heard using a chalk paint like Annie Sloan is a great alternative though because you don't have to sand first! 

NicoleAshley721 Due October 1 (boy); 1 child; 1 angel baby; United States 291 posts
May 2nd '17

Quoting 3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14:

I'm a perfectionist and found it really hard to get the results I wanted :/ I ended up not sanding and painting the second crib for this reason. I've heard using a chalk paint like Annie Sloan is a great alternative though because you don't have to sand first! 


I am too!! I painted it and it definitely HAS NOT gone as planned!! It is a lot more work, and a lot harder than I thought! It has drip marks, the chalk paint doesn't cover very well because it's mostly used for the "rustic look". Ugh. Lol. It looks okay in the bedroom because it doesn't have the best lighting, and once all the bedding and covers for the top of the rails are on, I think it will look much better. I will post a pic once it's completely put together.

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.13.14 Due July 17 (boy); TTC since Sep 2015; 3 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3645 posts
May 2nd '17

Quoting NicoleAshley721:

I am too!! I painted it and it definitely HAS NOT gone as planned!! It is a lot more work, and a lot harder than I thought! It has drip marks, the chalk paint doesn't cover very well because it's mostly used for the "rustic look". Ugh. Lol. It looks okay in the bedroom because it doesn't have the best lighting, and once all the bedding and covers for the top of the rails are on, I think it will look much better. I will post a pic once it's completely put together.


Aw man :/ yeah it's quite the task! The first crib (and only crib lol) I painted ended up needing three coats. It could probably use a fourth but I was so done. once in the nursery it didn't look so bad though. 

I cleaned up the used crib, but I'm still really dissatisfied with it so I purchased a new one. This is the used one, I set it up and decided against it.b1f6da9dcd15600fd9cd4955e336c3db.JPG


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