Is it safe to paint a crib?

by Whitney Moss on November 20, 2013

in Crafty,Green,How to,Prenatal

caravan-crib

Really cool furniture rarely comes at really cool prices. As much as I enjoy drooling over candy-colored modern furniture for children, I rarely splurge on such things. (Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios above is $695.)

When I shared Baby Guy Jamie Grayson’s advice about IKEA cribs, I did a bit of research and found that some folks were painting their IKEA cribs, giving them a whole new look.

How to paint an IKEA crib

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{Emily from Imperfect Blog did such a lovely job, didn’t she?}

diy-ikea-crib

{This DIY Spanish blog is adorable and LOOK at this rainbow crib makeover!}

But I didn’t feel comfortable sharing inspirations for painted cribs when I didn’t know how safe it is. After all, babies chew on their crib rails all. the. time. That’s why crib rail covers were invented.

I was super excited to discover Lullaby Paint – milk paint – designed for use in baby’s room, including cribs. This led me to discover that milk paint, an old-fashioned paint recipe, has been revived by another company (called Milk Paint) that will ship you the powder which you mix with water to create the paint.

Bring on the lime and raspberry-colored cribs!

pink-painted-crib
{by My Life in Transition}

dana-painted-crib
{by Dana Made It}

red-painted-crib

{by Hope Longing Life}

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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