Baby furniture can be expensive and little one seems to grow out of a crib in a short time. Restoring an old crib saves money and adds character to the nursery. Some cribs are passed down through generations while others are found at flea markets or antique shops. When restoring a wooden crib, follow the tips below to create a safe and beautiful slumber spot for your baby.
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Step 1: If the crib has been painted, purchase a lead paint testing kit to detect the presence of lead. If the paint contains lead, this substance will be deeply ingrained in the wood. Stripping and repainting the furniture will not get rid of it. Instead, contact the local municipality or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to find out how to dispose of the crib.
Step 2: Get a copy of the latest safety guidelines for baby cribs and inspect the crib to make sure that it adheres to these or can be adapted to meet them. Pay particular attention to the distance between the struts on each side of the furniture. If these are too wide, the baby may get his or her head stuck in between them. Test this by trying to put a soft drink can in between the struts. If it fits, additional slats should be installed on the crib.
Step 3: A crib that is painted or stained should be stripped before repainting or refinishing. Use an environmentally friendly paint stripper that will not leave toxic substances in the wood.
Step 4: If the wood contains splinters or sharp edges, use the sandpaper to remove or smooth these.
Step 5: Purchase paint that is designed for children’s furniture because it is free of toxic substances including lead. Select a color that matches the décor in the nursery. Paint the crib, using a small paintbrush or a rag to push paint into any carved surfaces on the furniture. Multiple coats may be necessary but let the paint dry between coats.
Step 6: Ensure that the crib hardware is operational and meets current safety standards so little fingers will not become stuck in it. Install a chew guard around the top surfaces of the crib to prevent the baby from biting the wood.
Step 7: Replace the mattress, selecting a new one that ties in place and butts up against all the sides of the crib so the baby will not become trapped between the crib and the mattress.