We voted on using the north most bedroom for baby land.
(Update: see the nursery "After" here!)
My sister-in-law Val, who is has 10x my ability to get a great steal, snagged me a changing table for $10 (thank you Val!). I liked the shape of the rounded sides and it was pretty sturdy to boot. This is the pic she sent me-
Its mostly wood laminate with real wood slats in the sides. My grand dream for the nursery was crisp, clean white furniture, like my inspiration pic from Amy at theb-line blog. Gah, I love everything about this room!!!
I wanted to see if I could refinish this thing to make it white. I was scared, but my fearless sis-in-law assured me it could be done. I found a good tutorial via Pinterest from livingwithlindsay.com here that got me started. Here's how I did it.
- "Very Fine" 220 grit sandpaper
- Gardening Glove (to avoid buffing my fingerprints off while sanding, haha:)
- 2 cans of Rustoleum American Accent Primer spray paint
- 2 cans of Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Semi Gloss spray paint
1. I disassembled the changing table so I could get at all the nooks and crannies. Then sanded down every surface lightly, just until white dust appeared and I could see white flecks on the surface.
(Nothing quite says dainty like a hot pink dirty leather glove!)
3. I popped on my mask (cause I'm preggo and don't want my baby to have more than two arms, legs, or eyes... respectively) and sprayed the pieces with the primer. I propped the pieces up against a board so I could still get the sides and some of the back in one pass.
This is where I discovered why it is SO worth it to pay a few bucks extra for good spray paint!
Maybe you already know this helpful tip, but for me, this life paradigm shift came when I ran out of my first can of Rustoleum, and figured I'd finish with a cheap-o can I already had. Check out the difference between ONE coat of Rustoleum primer, and TWO coats of the Cheapy!
I couldn't believe it.That's pretty incredible. I had always gone for the cheapest paint, thinking it was just as good, or nearly so, at a better price. But now I can see it takes more than double the paint to get the same coverage as the better brands like Krylon and Rustoleum! Plus the cheap-o brand left drips on the surface that I had to sand out before applying a second coat : /
So now I know it's worth the $6 "splurge" (insert sarcastic laugh) on spray paint! (Although, I didn't completely sell out, I used 40% off coupons when I bought the cans at Michael's, so make that $3 a can)
What step am I on...? uh...4 :)
4. Let primer coats dry. (I waited the recommended 48 hours, just to be safe. Although the can says you can spray a second coat within a few minutes, and it is dry to the touch in a few hours. I wasn't taking any chances). Once everything was dry, I sprayed on the semi gloss. I used one coat and waited another 48 hours before putting all the pieces together. And voila!
|Update pic, with my new Canon Rebel :)|
(I snapped more"After" pictures with my new camera here)
Off to its new home in the nursery! So far no scuffs of scratches, I guess time will tell. It looks like it worked to me! I had ideas of painting a fun green chevron pattern on the flat shelves. Maybe I still will. I figured at this point, with me ready to pop at any moment, it was better to have a working changing table in all white, than pieces in progress when baby arrives. :)
Have you attempted any laminate refinishes? Do you find the paint wears well, or starts scuffing off? Any alternate suggestions to spray paint?