How to Restore an Antique Nursery Crib

What You'll Need
Antique crib
Sand paper
Hand drill
Well ventilated space

The preparation of the nursery crib is an exciting part of the process of the preparation before the little one comes. Having a baby is one of the most rewarding gifts in life.  Making sure that everything is perfect, is part and parcel of the joys of being a lucky first time mum.  Here is a guide on how you can restore a nursery crib – possibly the one your mother used for you as a child. If you are planning to create a vintage nursery ambiance, making use of an antique nursery crib will certainly do the trick.

Step 1 – Preparing the Crib

The most important step in restoring a piece of furniture, it the amount of time taken to prepare it for such a process.  It is useless going through this step quickly, to later realize that you should have given it more importance. Try to be as thorough as possible. Start by placing the crib in a well-ventilated space, such as room with open windows, the front porch or out in the garden. Use the newspaper to protect the surface which you are going to be working on. 

Take some fine sandpaper and remove the varnish which was previously applied to the crib. This might take some time and a lot of effort. Try to keep the pressure even, to avoid discrepancies. Once all the surfaces have been sanded and are smooth, take a clean paint brush and dry brush it over the wood, to remove any dust particles that have settled.

Step 2 – Checking for Safety

The next step is to make sure that the crib is safe to use. Go round the screws and joints of the crib and do a thorough inspection. This ensures that the crib is safe and sound, and that no harm will be done to your baby. It is important to have peace of mind that the crib is sturdy. If some screws or joints are lose, add new screws using a hand drill, and stabilize the joints.

Step 3 – Varnishing the Crib

Pick the varnish that you are going to use, and start varnishing from top to bottom is short even strokes. Do not apply too much varnish to the crib, as this will cause the varnish to run and leave marks when it dries. So apply a small amount of varnish to the crib each time, and use short strokes.  Once you have completed 1 coat, leave the crib to dry completely and repeat the process.

Keep in mind that if you are preparing the crib and are pregnant at the time, have regular breaks and do not over-strain yourself.  Take short walks to stretch your muscles, and make sure that you are in a well-ventilated area, to ensure that no harm comes to you or your baby in the process. These things take time, and are best done a little at a time, to ensure the best outcome. Do not rush through all the steps to finish the crib.