How to Paint a Baby Crib

Painting a baby crib allows parents to have complete control over their new baby’s nursery design. Painting the crib can also bring new life to a used crib. Take precaution when painting a baby crib to avoid such hazards as lead in paint and recalled, used cribs, says the Great Beginnings website. Many manufacturers offer paints that are safe for crib painting but check with the manufacturer before you begin your project if you are unsure of the paint's safety.

Unfold your drop cloth and cover the ground where you will be working. If you are pregnant, make sure that the area you are working in offers plenty of ventilation.

Secure the drop cloth in place with four heavy objects such as rocks. Place the heavy objects on each corner of the drop cloth.

Disassemble the baby crib if it is put together. Begin sanding each piece of the crib with fine sand paper. If you are painting a dark colored crib a light color you will need to use a course sand paper to remove all the existing paint, and then a fine sand paper to smooth the surface.

Wipe the crib down with a damp cloth once you have sanded the crib until the surface is smooth. Allow the crib to completely dry before continuing.

Apply one coat of paint to each piece of the crib. Allow the paint to dry before starting a second coat of paint.

Apply a second coat of paint to the crib. Continue with the painting and drying cycle until the color of the crib reaches your expectations.

Let the crib dry for at least 48 hours before continuing.

Apply a coat of non-toxic paint sealer to the crib to protect the paint job. Check with the manufacturer to ensure that your baby will not be harmed if he chews on the crib as he gets older.


Complete your crib-painting project in enough time to allow the fumes to dissipate before moving the crib into your nursery.


Lead is a health hazard to babies and young children according to the She Knows website, so ensure that any paint your child may encounter is lead-free.