A close friend of mine recently hired me to paint some furniture in her child’s room.  I did a cute whimsical floral thing in bright colors on a piece she already had.  It was a fun and easy way to revive furniture that needed a new life.

A lot of times parents go out and buy new furniture for their kids after they grow out of their crib set.  Or the youngest gets the hand-me-downs from the older siblings and they get new stuff.  Anyway, there’s not a great selection of children’s furniture out there.  Most of it is plastic coated particle board that’s made to look like wood. It’s not sturdy and there’s definitely no character in the piece.

So, think about it: kids are tough and they’re usually hard on furniture.  Why not use a solid wood piece you already have or buy an antique / vintage piece that’s not too expensive and have it painted?  Let your child have some input as well!  And if you go shabby or distressed that makes it even easier to keep their furniture looking fresh because the dings and scratches will add to the patina!  Cindy