Vintage Crib Refinished

The Finish Product

I truly can call this a vintage crib, because it was my crib when I was a baby.  Not only did I use it but so did my brothers, and my first two kids.  This Jenny Lind crib is such a classic design, you can still buy this crib, and the design has not changed.

The before - a classic in need of some updating.
Because it's been stored in our garage for years, I decided I might like it refinished and painted for this last baby.  We decided to match Denali's bed and paint it an every so slight off-white.

My wonderful husband did all the work.  I am a bit of a control freak, so I was a struggle for me to step back and let him do all the work.  I needed to stay out of the dust and paint fumes, so he took on the project.  I don't know why I was worried.  He did a fantastic job (I couldn't have done better) and it looks like a brand new crib.

Supplies needed:

sand paper
steel wool
tack cloth
Sherwin Williams ProBlock Primer
Rust-Oleum 2x Painter's Touch Satin Spray Paint in Antique White

If you would like to refinish a piece of furniture that has a lot of details, here's what worked well for us. Lonnie spent a good part of a day sanding all the curves and spindles on the crib.  Then he made sure to remove all the dust with a tack cloth.  He applied the primer and when that was dry he used the steel wool to smooth out any imperfections.  Then before applying 2 coats of the Rust-Oleum paint he prepped that crib with the tack cloth.  I was really surprised at how well spray paint worked.


  1. It looks great! I am trying to get Jay to refinish my girl's bunkbed (in white) and kitchen table (weathered black bottom and antique stain on top), but no such luck! He does not want to do all the sanding! I guess I will have to do it myself.... ;)

  2. Good Job it looks great Lon can't wait for her to come along....Mom/Grandma M.

  3. Hi jeran... I am Jess' cousin and crafter who is also expecting. Thanks for the how to's. We are about to refinish a childs rocker and cradle for our upcoming little ones room. Keep up the blogging.


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