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In some families, there is a nice tradition that a cot is sometimes passed down through generations. In other families, the cot is passed down from one sibling to the next. In all these cases, it can make sense to give a cot a new look with fresh paint. Because a new coat of paint not only turns a cot that shows signs of use into a real eye-catcher. It also ensures clean , hygienic surfaces again.

About colours and their compatibility for children

As chemical products, paints are not known to be particularly healthy. Babies and toddlers are sensitive little creatures who are already confronted with plenty of environmental toxins outside their nurseries. So we want to be sure that at least the closest environment of our child, and that includes the children's room furniture and toys, are completely harmless to health.

Which paints are suitable for painting baby beds?

It is very important that the paints used in the nursery are completely VOC and solvent free. VOCs are volatile organic compounds that are released by most paints as they dry. These volatiles are often released into the environment long after the paint has dried. But paints that can be used to paint a child's bed with a clear conscience have to meet completely different requirements. For example, the paints or varnishes used should be saliva-proof. Babies tend to explore their environment with their mouths. It would also be useful if the paint you want to repaint your baby 's bed with is antibacterial.

What colours for children's furniture are available from MissPompadour?

MissPompadour has created a whole new standard for children's room paints with the LittlePomp chalk paints collection. Because they are VOC- and solvent-free and saliva-proof. With the 15 beautiful, soft colour shades, you can easily give walls in the children's room, children's furniture and even children's toys a new coat of paint. Let your ideas run wild!

How-to: Paint a baby cot

No matter what material the cot you want to repaint is made of, the most important thing to do first is to clean it thoroughly. If possible, take the bed apart. You can then - and this is also important for pregnant women - easily work on the individual parts while standing upright. This is also an advantage when painting, as you can easily reach all the places, e.g. between the bars.

Colours or varnishes, wood or metal? Identify the substrate.

First of all, take a good look at the condition of the bed. Is it made of raw, untreated wood or is the wood varnished? Or even metal? Or is it a wooden bed that has already been varnished? Is this old varnish still intact, or is it already flaking off in some places? In the following steps we will explain what you have to look out for.

Step 1: Turn old into new - prepare the cot.

If you want to paint an old cot, first clean all parts thoroughly to remove dust and other impurities. Use our environmentally friendly To Clean - MissPompadour cleaner for this. Let everything dry well. Now it depends on the condition of the surface. Old varnish, if intact, can simply be painted over. If it is flaking off, you have to remove it with sandpaper. We have compiled detailed instructions for you in our article on removing old paint and varnishes. If the surface becomes different in colour, this is not a problem, as the LittlePomp chalk paint provides fantastic coverage.

Step 2: Should you prime the cot before painting?

Are you worried about painting a dark surface with a light colour? We can reassure you - you don't need to prime. You can turn a dark wooden bed into a white cot without any problems, as LittlePomp's chalk paints provide excellent coverage. However, if the dark wood can bleed, as is often the case with oak, or if a metal cot has rust spots, then priming is especially important. Take a look at our primers in the shop, you're sure to find the right one!

Step 3: Choose the right colour for the baby bed and apply it correctly.

Now it's time to choose the right colour shades. LittlePomp offers 15 enchanting colour shades to choose from. It doesn't always have to be sky blue or pink in the nursery. How about a soft, light shade of grey? Or paint the children's bed in a subtle shade of white? It is important that the paint is applied correctly. If you have sanded with sandpaper, make sure that any residual sanding dust is completely removed before you start painting. It is best to work with the fine MissPompadour brush. This allows you to apply the paint evenly and without leaving any traces. A roller is also suitable for larger areas. After about 4 to 5 hours of drying time, you can apply a second coat. After 1 week, the paint is completely dry.

Step 4: Do you want to seal the new colour?

You'll want the paint on your baby's cot to be as stable, robust and easy to clean as possible. We have good news for you: LittlePomp chalk paints are truly saliva-proof, and incredibly durable. If you still want to be on the safe side, we have a selection of sealants for you in our shop.

More tips and useful tools for painting a cot.

  • Smaller rooms immediately look more spacious if you paint the walls, cot and perhaps other furniture in the same colour.
  • If you are too impatient to paint, find an empty room or a spot in nature and spray the paint on with a sprayer. Be aware of the wind direction and use a mouth guard!
  • With the pretty children's motifs of the creative stencils from MissPompadour, you can decorate the baby's bed in a lovely way. You can also use the stencils letters to create something very personal for the little darling by painting the name or a nice saying on the cot.

Colour selection

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