Painting Crib Rails the Easy Way with a Finish Max
Posted By
Gail Wilson
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • Super Finish Max
  • Crib Rail
  • Thin Plywood
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Hardware for hanging

Project Steps


Since there have been recalls on cribs for many years, I have collected various sets of them. I generally use the headboard and foot board fairly easily, but I'm always looking for new ways to use the crib rails. 

This particular crib rail had already been hand painted and had many drips and runs. That's why you should always use the Super Finish Max instead of painting rails and spindles by hand.

For the building directions, head over to My Repurposed Life to see how this repurposed crib rail menu board all came together.

Step 1

Find an old crib rail at a thrift store, on the side of the road, or perhaps in your own attic.                                                                         

Step 2

Prior to painting it is a must to sand the old drips and runs and thoroughly clean the rails. This is the FIRST step of any paint project. However, with spindles or rails, if the item had previously been hand painted, don't skip this step.

Step 3

Ready to paint

For this project I used the Super Finish Max. The blue tip (1.5mm) was already in the sprayer from a previous painting task. Because the rails are so thin, I dialed the thumb control knob to get a more narrow spray pattern.

I prefer to paint the back of my project first so if there is any scarring when I flip it, it’s less noticeable. In addition, I prefer to paint these types of projects horizontally on sawhorses. 

Step 4

There is no need for any special paint for this project. Regular latex wall paint (satin) was the paint chosen. It’s a light gray, a good neutral for anyone’s home decor. 

Step 5

Because I was painting this project in January (I live in KY), I moved it to a sunny spot as soon as it was dry enough to move. The sunshine was very helpful to get the paint to "set up" enough for me to attach the thin plywood chalkboard. 

Step 6

Paint your Chalkboard

Did you know you can paint thin plywood using your Finish Max and chalkboard paint? It gives the best finish, much better than spray paint. Plus it’s easier on your finger, and much more economical. 

Step 7

Assemble the crib rail chalkboard menu board. Directions on My Repurposed Life.                                                                      

This is a fairly simple project that can be done with the saw of your choice. I hope you hop over to My Repurposed Life to see this easy repurposed crib rail menu board.


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