Painted Baby Glider

My brother and his wife just had their first child two weeks ago and it came down to the wire to get a few last-minute details finished in the nursery. One of the things that they just had to cross off the list before the arrival of Baby Evelyn? The glider.

They received this natural wood baby glider from some friends and it was really in great condition. I mean not one little stain in the cream colored cushions and not one knick in the wood. The only problem? The baby’s furniture was Expresso, a dark brown wood color. So I offered to fix it up for them DIY-style!

baby glider makeoverSince there were so many spindles in both the glider chair base and the ottoman, I opted for spray paint with this project. Yeah, brushing paint in all the crevices, nooks and crannies in this project would have been impossible.

First step was removing all of the cushions. A couple screws and snaps… quite easy. I gave the wood a quick coat of Zinnser 123 Bull’s Eye primer and once that was dry I have the glider chair and ottoman two coats of Rustoleum spray paint in Expresso.

rustoleum satin expresso spray paint

And here’s the final result!

painted baby gliderThe photos are a little noisy since the bedroom is so dark and I didn’t have my tripod with me, but I’m guessing you get the idea. Looks great with the rest of the expresso nursery furniture. And my sister in law’s mom even thought the glider came with the rest of the bedroom furniture. That made me smile!

painted baby glider expresso

baby glider expresso paint

expresso painted baby glider

expresso baby glider makeover

painted baby gliderYep, truly is amazing what a simple coat of paint can do!

Glider = FREE
2 cans of Zinnser primer = $12
4 cans of Rustoleum spray paint = $20
One happy baby girl and Mommy = PRICELESS

Total is $32 for a great new glider for Baby Evelyn’s nursery.

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  1. says

    Wow! Your glider looks great! I recently used Rustoleum to give an end table (that I converted into a spice cabinet) a new look. I have a glider that looks almost exactly like the one you re-did. I might have a project to do now!

  2. Flo says

    I love the look! I am doing a glider for my grandbabies room. What did you do abut the underneath where the mechanism is? Did you tape off or just spray it??

  3. JC says

    This is perfect for what I want to do for my sister’s baby shower gift. I got my glider from a garage sale for $10 and I was going to go through the hassle of stripping it and sanding it, etc.

    But this paint option is so much easier. Were there any issues with the gliding motion of the chair after spray painting everything? Before, I was going to use an oil based stain.

  4. ashley says

    Do you think this would work okay if I have a dark brown glider and I want to spray paint it white?? Did you just do the one layer of primer? Do you think I need to do a couple layers since I’m going from dark to light (white!)? Ahhh, I’m scared I will mess it up!

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