When I first started shopping for a crib I had my eye on this little modern beauty, but soon realized spending $2249 is crazy and I should stop looking at sites named “Posh Tots.” We’re putting the baby in a room the size of most people’s closets – his life probably won’t be described as posh. Then, luckily, I fell in love my friend’s adorable Jenny Lind style crib. It’s classic, simple, and on the smaller side. When she told me it was only $160 from Walmart I was sold. Done and done. And then I had to go and complicate things and decide to paint it red. My gut told me I should a) pay someone to do it b) spray paint it or at least c) disassemble the bed before I paint it. I, of course, ignored my gut and did none of those things.
I wanted a matte finish on the crib, so I decided to use Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in the color, Emperor’s Silk. The paint doesn’t require you to sand or prime the furniture beforehand so I was pretty sure this was going to be a snap. Shockingly, I was wrong. The bed ended up needing 3 coats of paint (I should’ve started with the white crib rather than the dark finish) and let me say, painting 3 coats onto spindles with a paint brush is pretty much my hell. After the paint dried, I applied Annie Sloane’s clear wax, which added one more step. The paint itself is really great. It looks amazing. And although I didn’t go this route, it gives you the option to lightly sand the furniture after painting to give the piece an antique finish. Using it on this crib was pretty painful, but I have to admit I’m 100% satisfied with the result. It was worth it. It turned my inexpensive crib into one of my favorite parts of the room. I still need to put up the wallpaper (definitely hiring someone to do it) and make/buy the curtains, but the room is almost done. I’ll share the finished pictures with you soon. For those of you sick of baby-related posts, I’ve got a cocktail recipe coming up tomorrow to make it up to you!