How to Paint Nursery Furniture

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  • 5-15 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-500
What You'll Need
Foam brush
Synthetic brush
Art brush
Knot sealer
Latex primer
High-quality waterproof polyurethane sealer
Acrylic paint
Dry sponge
Stamp pad with ink
Damp cloth

It is always exciting and fun to buy nursery furniture. But what's even more enjoyable is when you make it yourself. If you're a busy parent and you don't have time to create a crib from scratch, you can still add a personal DIY touch to your kid's furniture by painting it yourself. Here are the steps on how to paint nursery furniture with ease.

Step 1 - Sand the Wood

Sand the surface of the wood of the furniture. Use 80 grit sandpaper for rough spots and 180 grit sandpaper to give it a light finish.

Step 2 - Seal the Knots

If the furniture contains any knots, you need to seal them so that the paint won't bleed into the wood. Use a foam brush to coat a layer of knot sealer onto the knots. Wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second one. Wait for about an hour before sanding the knots to smooth the surface.

Step 3 - Prime

Remove the dust from sanding. Use a damp cloth to wipe the surface gently. Apply a thin coat of primer on the surface of the wood. See to it that it is aligned along with the train of the wood. Allow it to dry for an hour or two. Sand it using an 180 grit sandpaper. Again, remove the dust with a damp cloth. Coat the second layer of primer. Repeat the steps of letting it dry, sanding it, and wiping the sand away with damp cloth.

Step 4 - Paint

Stir the paint thoroughly. Work on to apply the base coat. Like with the primer, you also have to follow the grain of the wood. Allow the base coat to dry completely. Apply another layer. Some furniture needs to be applied with several coats before it can have a perfect finish. Just make sure that you allow sufficient time in between coats so that the paint will not warp, wrinkle, or be uneven.

Step 5 - Customize

Here comes the fun part, where you can explore and experiment. Using a pencil, create paint dots on the surface of the wood. You can use acrylic to add embellishments or designs into the furniture. One fun idea would be to write your baby's name on the furniture. The written word does not have to be formal or even. Writing it like a child would give the furniture a special touch.

You can also create stenciled designs. Using stencils, you can paint shapes like butterflies, flowers, or stars onto the surface of the wood. Another idea that you could use would be to cut out shapes out of dry sponge. You can use a stamp pad to color the sponge or paint using acrylic paint. Stamp the shape onto the furniture. Do not worry about making a mistake. You can easily erase it with a wet paper towel before the paint dries.