Am I the only one who sees the irony in the fact that this is my third recent post about baby things (following chalk painted mason jars and diaper cakes for a baby shower), and yet none of them are for my baby who is due in just one month? In fact, the only post I shared was my general plans for her nursery…
The truth? I haven’t shared much about baby girl or her room because I haven’t done much. We’re down to a month, and we don’t even have a name! This is so obviously our third child… She will be loved NO less than the others, but she may have to wear boys’ clothes for a while.
Anyway, enough jabbering. Here’s what you came to see: how to turn a regular, boring, brown crib into a stunning centerpiece for any nursery.
I found this crib on Craigslist just after Mr. Pax, Little Pax (who was 1 at the time), and I moved back from Paris. Though I really liked the shape, the finish was pretty beat up already. And let’s just say that after my two sons used it, the top rails were missing most of their original finish! And though it was a nice brown, it was a little flat for my taste. Here is the before (trust me, it was much worse than it looks in this picture!).
Since then, I was inspired by Restoration Hardware to makeover this vintage spindle crib I was given, and it is ready and waiting for my little girl (as soon as her brother gives it up, that is!). That left the brown crib available for my niece who is due in June… but I wasn’t about to give her the crib in its current state. I wanted something soft and gentle, but not too feminine, and I knew Country Chic Paint in Pebble Beach was perfect.
In fact, after I had decided on the color, I spotted this crib at Pottery Barn, and I knew I was on the right track. My niece is even getting Pottery Barn’s Claire bedding (you can see the sheet and quilt in the pictures), and the combination was perfect. Don’t you think?
I started with a good cleaning. Thankfully, Country Chic’s chalk-based paint doesn’t need extensive sanding because sanding all those slats would have been a LOT of work!
Next came two coats of Pebble Beach (I’m obsessed with this color, by the way, it’s the perfectly balanced gray – not too cool and not too warm), painted with a simple 2″ synthetic brush.
After a few days to dry, I took a combination of 60, 120, and 220 sandpaper to various parts of the crib, focusing mostly on the edges and other areas where normal wear and tear would naturally distress paint.
I wiped the whole crib down again (be sure to clean off all that sanding dust!) and then gave it a full coat of clear wax.
By the time I finished waxing the whole thing, I was ready to go back and wipe and buff the crib. I wanted a rather matte finish, so a good wipe down was enough this time.
I then followed with some antiquing wax. This part is much more an art than a science, but I have discovered that I prefer brushing on the natural wax (with a big, round, natural-bristle brush). The antiquing wax, however, I prefer to apply with an old rag. It keeps me from getting brown brush strokes and allows me a little more freedom in smudging and reapplying, as needed. I concentrated the antiquing wax in the areas that would naturally grow darker over time – nooks, crannies, joints, etc.
In the end, I admit that I was tempted to keep it for myself. Ha! I said it… confession time. Truly, I think the neutral gray is perfect, and the soft wax finish is gentle on the eyes and all-natural in case my niece decides she wants to taste it. I just hope she loves the crib as much as I do!