How to Paint Nursery Furniture

Updated April 17, 2017

Your nursery furniture is something that may be meaningful and memorable to you or your child. You can custom-decorate your furniture using a few household items and some paint. Even if you think you are not an artist, there are simple painting techniques to make your furniture look finished. Painting your own nursery furniture can not only save money but also help you brush up on your decorating and painting skills and achieve a custom, high-end look for your nursery.

Prepare the furniture by sanding down the rough edges with sandpaper and brushing off the excess dust.

Seal all the knots in the furniture to prevent paint from bleeding into the wood. Do this by painting two coats of knot sealer with the 1-inch foam brush to each knot. Let the sealer dry for one hour and lightly sand with the sandpaper to make a smooth surface.

Dampen a washcloth with water and run it along all the parts of the furniture you are planning to paint.

Stir the primer and lightly apply a coat to the whole piece of furniture with a paintbrush, following the grain of the wood. Allow the coat to dry (following the instructions for drying time on the paint can) and then apply a second coat. Allow the second coat to dry.

Stir the paint colour of your choice with a wooden paint stirring stick; with the other paintbrush, thoroughly paint the piece of furniture, again following the grain of the wood. Allow the first coat to dry completely and add a second coat. As before, follow the instructions for drying time on the can of paint. You may need to add a third and even a fourth coat to establish the colour or thickness you want.

Add customised details and patterns to brighten up your nursery furniture. You can do this by drawing perfect circles with a pencil and painting them in with a different colour for perfect dots, cutting shapes out of sponges and sponge on the shapes with different colours, using a pencil and a ruler, draw straight lines and paint with a different colour every other one to make stripes, or paint your child's name on the furniture.


Don't be afraid to choose bright, bold colours.


Avoid lead-based paint as this could be harmful to your child.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Unfurnished furniture
  • 1-inch foam brush
  • Knot sealer
  • Old washcloth
  • 2 paintbrushes
  • Primer
  • Wooden paint stirring stick
  • Latex paint of choice
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Based out of Arizona, Kassie Kleifgen has been publishing articles on since 2010. She writes primarily about dance, drawing, crafts, education, and building large projects. Kleifgen graduated with an Associate of the Arts in dance education and a Bachelor of Science in elementary education.