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    Default How to paint a dark Cot white?

    Can anyone give me step by step instructions in laymans terms as well as exactly what tools and products i will need for the job? Ta.

    Here is the cot

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    You'll need to sand it back very well. My advice would be to google 'how to paint wooden furniture' or similar. The Internet is full of great blogs/pages where they give all the instructions.

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    Take it apart as far as it will go. Sand it back really well. Spray paint will get a better coverage, maybe 2 coats of spray paint, followed by a brush of gloss paint. Ensure it is safe paint in case baby chews the cot.
    It will be a massive job! I have done it once, next time I would just buy a second hand one on eBay (you can get boori king parrot white cots on eBay for $100).

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    We were told just to clean and paint it. Massive fail! The paint peeled off as if it had never been on there.

    We ended up sanding it back with an electric sander (got one cheap from bunnings for like $30) which loosened screws so ended up taking it apart which was so much easier.

    We then used a primer and two coats of paint. We were using a gloss, but if just matte one may have done.

    Make sure you buy the right type of primer for the paint you buy (ie. oil or water based). If you use e primer not sure if you would have to sand it or not but after my failed attempt we weren't taking any chances.

    Yes it was alot of work but I like having something I can say I did all by myself.

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    Don't do it! Honestly, it's loads of work, often for an end result that looks pretty crappy (unless your a professional painter). If you want a white cot, sell your brown cot and put the money towards a new one. You'll find buying sand paper, brushes, primer, paint, turps etc, to be more expensive than you would think, so buying a new one would probably work out costing the same or not much more.

    just my opinion of course. Good luck if you decide to paint it.

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    Lol....u have all put me off.

    I dont really want to sell the cot we have as its nice and solid. Might just keep it dark wood. Bubs is only in it for a little while i guess!!

    I might think about buying a new one. DD has a white furniture room so wanted a white nursery to match.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoThisIsLove View Post
    Lol....u have all put me off.

    I dont really want to sell the cot we have as its nice and solid. Might just keep it dark wood. Bubs is only in it for a little while i guess!!

    I might think about buying a new one. DD has a white furniture room so wanted a white nursery to match.....

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    If I could go back in time to before I did it but know what I know now from doing it I would still do it. I would just take it apart to begin with and do the primer. I actually enjoyed doing it the second time around as it was heaps easier to paint apart.

    And even though its gloss paint it still looks good. No one even notices the bit of paint on the screws from the first time around.

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    If you use the right primer it's not as much work. Clean it thoroughly with sugar soap to get rid of any dirt/embedded oil. Pull apart as much of it as you can. Then prime it and paint it. I've done it before and found a gloss enamel paint (child safe) was easiest. It's a thicker paint, and with a quality brush the coverage is excellent and very smooth.

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    Sanding back a cot is a nightmare. Don't do it. We ended up painting ours (was already painted so we just sanded to smooth and painted over it), 3 coats and it looks great but the real test will be when bub gets here and chews it!

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    We just painted our bedroom furniture yesterday. Gently sand it back enough to roughen up the paint. This will give the primer something to cling to.

    Then get a primer (water based is best) and make sure you cover every spot.

    Once dry, gently sand back any bumps so its nice and smooth then apply a water based semi gloss enamel paint. Its easier if you use spray paint but you can use a brush and roller if you prefer. Allow to dry for 48hrs before putting the cot back together.

    The people in the paint section at bunnings are fantastic and can help you choose the right paints

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