Saturday, April 6, 2013

Cradle Redo - After

You saw the before pictures in my last post.  Here is the after:
I called my mom in a panic yesterday after looking up painting cribs and cradles online.  Everywhere I read said to strip the paint, or sand it down.  And I didn't want to do that.  I wanted instant gratification.  Also, the baby is only in the cradle for about six months, until he or she can sit up, so there will not be any chewing on the paint.  All that extra work seemed like a waste to me.  BUT I didn't want the paint to bubble or chip off or something either.  So I begged my mom to tell me what I wanted to hear.  That yes, it would be just fine if I applied a couple of coats of primer first.  No, I didn't need to paint another layer of polyurethane on top of it all.  And yes, brown would probably be lovely.

So off to Joann's I went (because, you know I also had to get supplies for another project I'm going to be working on).  I ended up using about two and a half cans of primer, and all of three cans of brown spray paint.  I would have done well to use another can of paint (there are a couple of small spots I seemed to have missed and only noticed when I set it up this morning, but the bedding will cover it all up, and also, you know, six months), but I bought them all out of brown.  Apparently it's not all that hip to paint things brown nowadays?

Oh, and it was super windy yesterday while I was painting, and our backyard is still dirt.  Though I did use plastic under the cradle (obviously) there may or may not be a little bit of dust painted on as well.  Again, not noticeable and not a big deal.  (So anyone want to hire me as a professional furniture painter now?)  ;)

Anyway, I love how it turned out, and I can't wait to put the bedding in.  What do you think?


Mary H said...

It is awesome! Great job! Enjoy nesting!

Jenn said...

Great job, it looks beautiful:)

Cmerie said...

Thanks ladies. Jenn I thought of you while painting it. :)

Kate said...

Beautiful!! :)