DIY Cot Painting – Coco’s Crib

It’s been pretty quiet around here as I’ve been stitching away on my last Harry Potter sampler cross stitch, whilst starting work on Coco’s nursery!

The first project that I’ve completed is painting Coco’s cot / crib that was kindly given to us from a family member who no longer needs it. It’s a very sturdy cot that meets all Australian standards; the original colour was a brown timber. It would look great in a nursery, but didn’t suit our gender neutral colour scheme (more to come on that later!).

Original Cot Colour

Original Cot Colour

I decided to paint the cot white to suit our theme so got busy with planning paint types etc.

One of the first questions I asked myself was, ‘what will be the safest paint to use for children’s furniture?’ I originally thought water based, as I know Coco will likely end up chewing on the rail edges. After a fair bit of research, speaking with friends and family, and speaking with paint specialists, it turns out oil based was by far the paint that most people recommended; it is less likely to flake if chipped, which is definitely a plus in my book.

Lots of people online have painted their second hand cots so there’s heaps of instructions available, but just about every person’s blog or instruction that I read suggested sanding the cot first. I was amazed – no way was I going to sand this whole cot down!

Instead, I used the 3 in 1 primer & sealer I used for our DIY bar many moons ago; thankfully I still had about half a tin left and it was still in good knick. This meant rather than sanding the cot, I was able to just paint the primer & sealer onto the cot to provide a gritty surface for the final paint colour to adhere to. The other bonus of using this primer & sealer is only ONE coat is required – a definite time saver!

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Painting the primer & sealer took about 2 days. I painted one side of all cot pieces first, allowed to dry, and then flipped and turned them to paint the other side. I used about 1L of primer & sealer for the first coat.

Once that dried, it was onto the first coat of paint colour. The paint specialist I spoke to advise a pure white oil based paint tends to yellow over time – Mr A and I plan on using the same cot for other kids (assuming we have them), so yellowed paint didn’t appeal to me.

I ended up picking Infinity White by British Paints as the cot colour; it basically looks white but is slightly tinted grey which should prevent the paint from yellowing over time. I painted the first coat in the same way; paint one side, let dry, and then flip and turn so all other sides / surfaces are painted.

It was quite hard to try and keep brush marks whilst painting with the oil based paint. I made sure to do long lines with the brush to prevent too many marks, but quite honestly, brush marks whilst painting with a brush are pretty inevitable really!

Each side took me about an hour, to an hour and a half to paint, so not too long really. The main thing was making sure I didn’t drip the paint on either side, which was actually quite hard. Mr A ended up sanding out a couple of spots for me once each side of the first coat was painted, as I’d accidentally dripped on one side by loading up the paint brush too much.

I painted a second coat on each side of the cot which really covered the brush marks. Here’s what the finished cot looks like!

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Finished White Cot

I’m really happy with how the cot turned out; you can’t see any drip or brush marks on it and it will fit in perfectly with our nursery theme. A comparison of the original cot to white cot;

Completed DIY Cot Painting

Completed DIY Cot Painting

It was well worth the 6 hours it took to complete this project. If you have any questions on what I did, feel free to drop me a line! I’d be more than happy to help. And yes, for those of you with a keen eye, 1 rail in the mattress frame has been left the original pine colour, as there’s instructions on how to fit everything which I didn’t want to paint over in case we sell it or something.

Erin1

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Tada – Applique Cushion

Latest completed commission is a pretty adorable personalised applique cushion for a baby girl. My client stated she wanted something girly, but not overly so, so no huge use of pinks or purples. Once I saw this fabric range, I knew we we were onto a winner as it’s feminine and girly, but subtle.

There wasn’t too much scope for this commission, just that Stella’s name be on the front of the cushion. I kept the pattern quite simple to show off the fabrics, and had fun adding ric rac to define the edges of the pink rectangle. I also like having different textures on cushions for young children, so the ric rac was a double win.

I kept the back simple with applique hearts and more ric rac to tie in with the front, and used fabric within the range for the binding also.

I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and so is my client which is the main thing! :)

Update – Yellow & Grey Baby Quilt + Cushion!

So remember when I showed you guys the gorgeous yellow & grey fabrics I had to work with for my latest commission?

This whole commission is just about finished – I only have the bunting to go :)

My client wanted a simple patchwork pattern for the quilt, so I cut 6.5″ blocks, 7 blocks across to create the middle of the quilt. On a side note, does anyone else think things look better in odd numbers? I’ve heard interior designers generally recommend decorations in odd numbers ……. Anywho.

I bordered the patchwork in the dark grey and used bright yellow fabric to make my own binding to really make the grey pop. I did a simple criss cross quilting pattern, as I thought the fabrics were busy enough as it was.

Yellow & Grey Patchwork Quilt

Here’s what the finished quilt looks like :)

Yellow & Grey Baby Quilt

I am really happy with how it turned out and I love the criss cross quilting effect. The backing is a light grey polka dot fabric that goes really well with the yellow binding, and due to the colour of fabric backing, the criss cross stands out even more which is lovely!


The cushion is also complete, and I had such a ball with this pattern. I was trawling Pinterest to find inspiration and found a pin that I’ve had saved for a long time; a strippy pillow tutorial. Check out Jera’s blog for the instructions on how to make your own.

Strippy Yellow & Grey Cushion

I’m super happy with how the cushion has turned out. When you run your hand over it I love the feel you get from the different strips of fabric. The backing is the bright yellow fabric with a concealed lapped zipper; the yellow backing really pops against the dark grey binding of the cushion.

So this little yellow and grey package for a new baby is just about finished – the bunting will be done shortly, and I’ll be taking some snaps for when all the items are finished and are assembled together. You’ll all be happy to know that I’ve added tags to each of these items ;)

Speaking of which – if you guys have any advice on how best to take photos of quilts, I’d really love to know. I struggle to take good photos of my items, and my goal is to set up my Etsy store this month … I feel like I need to nail good photos so any advice would be much appreciated!

Erin1

Ombre Home Sweet Home Cushion

Ombre Home Sweet Home Cross StitchMany many moons ago, I completed an ombre home sweet home cross stitch .. Do you remember? If you’re a new reader, probably not as it’s over a year ago now that I completed it (time flies!)

This is what it looked like, and here’s a link to the original post regarding it.

I asked for advice on how best to present this for my friend who was building her own house, and who has recently moved in – yay! Some suggestions were a hoop covered with turquoise ribbon, or framing it in white.

I decided I wanted to present this cross stitch as a cushion – here’s the finished product which I gifted just last week! I bordered the cross stitch with a bright turquoise fabric, and used a grey and turquoise feature floral fabric as the second border and backing. I inserted a lapped zipper into the back for a neat finish for this cushion.

 

 Happy housewarming Anna! I am so proud of all that you have achieved.

 Erin1

Star Wars Cushion – Finito!

My latest commission is a Star Wars inspired cushion for a baby shower – the mother to be loves Star Wars, and her thoughtful girlfriends decided to have a cushion made specially for her and her new baby!

I had such fun making this one. I personally haven’t seen Star Wars, so I’m obviously not a huge fan, but I love people who are passionate about their interests, and I can’t help but get swept up in the wave of their excitement.

My clients decided to put, ‘The force is strong with this one,’ on the back as the personalisation, which so darn cute! No doubt the mother to be will love their thought and effort they put into this gift.

I chose to do a bit of a change of standard chevron with solid red, yellow and black. The surrounding fabric is licensed Star Wars fabric, and is really colorful (though you can’t see that in the photo).

The back is also licensed Star Wars fabric, and I appliqued the letters with red so they’d really pop against the black and white.

I’m really happy with how this one has turned out, and I hope the mother to be loves it too!

Erin x