I found an old wooden baby cradle I want to restore but don't know how

by Shenelle
How do I restore a wooden baby cradle?
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Aug 21, 2015
    Are you going to paint or stain. Either one youll have to lightly sand the furnuture.
  • Leah Johnson Leah Johnson on Aug 21, 2015
    lightly sand with rough sand paper and then go over that with a very find sand paper= if it is walnut or something similar- just use a good grade of stain over it following directions on can.. sand off again and put a second coat on.. let dry very well.. I did this with a antique table that my in laws had and it came out so nice.. it was walnut and I used a walnut stain on it and now have had lots of offers to sell. but no I will not...
  • Gilly Gilly on Aug 22, 2015
    I would be very careful sanding as people tend to over sand and ruin furniture. I would recommend using a stripper to remove any finishes like paint or varnish first, trying to sand something delicate like this could destroy it. Citristrip is a really good sripper that is really easy to use, I use it all the time and it is less caustic than other strippers but is very effective. If you are just going to paint it I would recommend a light sand to roughen the surface then use a Chalk Paint like the Annie Sloan range as you can paint anything with it and it has no VOCs which makes it really safe and friendly for use with children's furniture. If you need any help let me know I paint and restore furniture for a living and I blog about it at www.coloursaturatedlife.com - best of luck!
  • Ellen DeVilbiss Ellen DeVilbiss on Aug 22, 2015
    A picture would be helpful. Has it been painted many times? Is it still close to the original finish? This makes a difference. If it is older than 1960 and painted, you may need to deal with lead paint issues.
  • Rus1058682 Rus1058682 on Aug 22, 2015
    Pictures are a lot of help, when trying to determine the best approach to any restoration. condition of wood, is it painted, parts missing or need repair, these things are all needed information.... Thanks... R
  • Michelle Michelle on Aug 23, 2015
    oh, would that not make for a lovely cat bed, sand and stain the and make a nice cushion
  • Mary Stanley Mary Stanley on Aug 24, 2015
    I refinished the one I saved from my children when they were babies. I used acetone to strip the dark finish off the wood, then did a light sanding. You will need to use protective gloves and it has to be done outside in the open air. The acetone evaporates fairly quickly. I just put a clear coat to protect the wood.
  • Carolyn Carolyn on Mar 10, 2022

    I want redo a brown wooden cradle but soften it up to little cradle.