Our gallery is sprinkled with cribs lovingly painted by parents-to-be. Have you ever wondered how to paint a crib to get that custom look? We decided we’d call in the experts to answer this question. Our friends at Lullaby Paints spelled it out step-by-step for us. Here are their recommendations.
Millie’s Teal and Yellow Nursery/Crib Painted by Pickled and Painted
First and foremost, you must use non-toxic, Zero VOC, no odor and baby safe paint.
1. Make sure that the crib (or other piece) is clean, dry and free of any loose dirt or grime.
2. Scuff sanding is highly recommended to provide an anchor profile for the new paint to bond well. Usually a medium (180#) or fine (220#) grit sandpaper or sanding sponge is sufficient.
3. Remove any sanding dust.
4. Apply at least two coats of the Lullaby paint, waiting 4 hours between coats.
5. When finished, it is not necessary to topcoat with a clear finish. A clear is not going to add any more to the job than another coat of the paint will.
Best results will come from using a good quality 100% nylon bristle brush (many people make the mistake of buying the best grade of paint they can afford and then using a cheap brush to apply it). Once the final coat is dry, the piece can be put into use, and the baby can occupy the crib/room.
Note: Typically a quart will cover about 125 square feet. That allows for 60 +/- square feet per coat. We have found that a quart is usually plenty to paint the average crib twice, with enough paint left over for future touch ups.
Thank you, Lullaby Paints, for sharing your expertise with us. We teamed up with Lullaby Paints to offer an exclusive collection of paint colors in The Project Nursery Shop perfect for the nursery, shipped to your doorstop.