Painting Accents on Furniture
If the paint roller intimidates you, try instead painting accents on furniture or other elements within the room. Maybe you inherited a dresser or two from relatives? Adding paint to the legs or the drawer knobs is a simple way to add color to the room—sometimes without even taking a trip to the hardware store.
If the wood is unfinished, lightly sand it and rub it down with a damp cloth before you paint. Prep the area with masking tape to create crisp lines. You can use the water-based paint, or acrylic paint sold in most craft stores. If you use acrylic paint, plan on doing at least two coats and finishing it with a water-based varnish, also available at the craft store.
If the furniture is already painted, you can use a primer to cover the previous color. Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer Sealer works well on painted surfaces. Use white if you're going to paint with a light color, and a tinted primer for darker colors. Apply the water-based paint of your choice to the dresser, bookcase, or crib. Keep your can of paint on hand and use it to add additional decorative accents. Buy and paint inexpensive wood frames and shelves to match your furniture. Mismatched furniture looks intentional when it shares the same color scheme as your new room.
Last Minute Reminders
Always open the room's windows and doors while you're painting. If you feel ill at any time, take a break. Ask your doctor before beginning your paint project. And if you are pregnant, check with your doctor before doing any painting—you may need to wear a special mask or enlist someone else do your painting.
If you're painting an older room, make sure that the paint is not lead-based. Lead dust particles can come off and be released into the air. Exposure to lead can cause serious health problems for you, your unborn child, and any other children in your home.
Whether you decide to paint all of the walls, or parts of the furniture, paint is a great way to complete the look of your baby's room.