The first thing Mike and I got for baby girl was a crib. I wanted to use white furniture in our nursery because I liked the relaxed, clean look of it. We were blessed to be given a second hand changing table in great condition, and the old rocking chair my parents used to rock me in when I was just a baby. But neither of these pieces of nursery furniture matched our nursery.
Enter the ingenuity of my home remodeling dad and thrifty husband.
My dad rigged up a great spray painting system: a thin rope tied between two trees, they fastened screws to the bottom legs of the changing table (doesn't matter because that part will not be seen once the changing table is reassembled), and then hung the screws to the rope with wire. This allowed Mike to get an even coat on all sides of the individual changing table pieces. It sounds complicated, but really it only took 10 minutes or less to rig this up.
The rocking chair was too heavy to hang up to paint, so it had to be done in stages. We used Valspar Spray Paint in white with a gloss finish for both pieces of furniture. The gloss finish is best for spray painting furniture because it leaves a smooth to the touch finish. And the great thing about using spray paint instead of regular paint from a can? It's faster, more even, and you don't have to use a sealant at the end!
The finished rocking chair in C's nursery! The seat cushion I made by putting an ugly (but oh so comfy) pillow in a sateen/cotton blend pillowcase and then folding over and fastening the extra pillowcase material on the back side. The cute butterfly mobile is courtesy of my sweet friend Chelsea.
The whole project cost about $50 in spray paint. It might sound like a lot, but when you consider buying a brand new rocking chair/glider and changing table for the nursery $50 is a deal! I've got to admit, I was skeptical about how well the furniture would turn out. But it turned out great and was definitely worth the project!
I'll post more pictures soon so you can see the entire finished nursery.