Son #2 sleeping. He's 3 now.
In the picture you can see the wood finish. It wasn't bad, just a little banged up and I wanted to sand it down and stain it dark walnut. I was pregnant with Son #3 when I started, and it took FOREVER! I didn't own a power sander (do now!), so I did all the sanding by hand, until I borrowed one from my brother-in-law. That sped things up a bit. I went ahead and stained the stand the dark walnut, but the spindles on the cradle itself were taking so long that I decided the nursery would look better with white furniture and spray painted it to match. Here's the after:
Son #3 hanging out while his brother's rocked him. I kept the stand dark walnut and I really like it. At first, I "antiqued" one end of the cradle using a technique I got from Miss Mustard Seed. I really liked it, but thought the white looked better, so I spray painted it back to white last night. Now I'm ready for baby #4... Not really, but he/she will have a place to sleep none the less!
I'm linking this to Metamorphosis Monday and to DIY Day! Go check out some other great projects!