Nursery Glider Makeover

Glider makeover - How to paint a glider

This is a post that has been a long time coming! Well, last year we got some of the best news that we could ever get. Jose & I were going to be an aunt & uncle! My brother & sister-in-law were pregnant with their first baby & I was so excited to be a first time aunt. I think aunty Liz sounds pretty amazing if you ask me. Beyond that, how amazing that my brother who has been there with me since the day I was born & who I can honestly say is one of the greatest men on this planet was going to be a dad & that his wife who I can honestly say is one of my best friends was going to be a mommy…. to MY nephew. Too cool. Well, Christmas time came last year & it was time for her first baby shower. She wanted to have it while I could be home in Michigan so she decided to have it then. They were not going to find out the sex of the little one so everything up until the day he was born was gender neutral. I wanted to give them something from my heart for her shower present & struggled with what to do for the longest time. Until one day I got a call from one of my friends who was selling her glider. Lightbulb. Slap myself on the face. Duh! I would paint & re-do the glider for their nursery. That’s my thing. I like to paint furniture. So what a special gift that I could use my talents to create my nephew & his parents something from my heart. Enter the glider. Not bad looking, great shape, I just wanted to make it happier. & yes we traveled all the way from North Carolina to Michigan with this glider & it’s ottoman in our backseat. That is love people. My nephew was born a little over a month ago & I went home last week  to meet my him for the first time. While I was there I snapped a few quick pictures of the glider in his nursery.

Glider makeover - How to paint a glider
I knew I wanted a bright fun color so I went with Valspar’s Toasted wheat for a fresh sunny color in their gender neutral jungle themed room. I used my Graco paint sprayer to paint this piece mainly because this is a really hard piece to paint with a brush & I had a limited amount of time to do it. I first sprayed the piece with primer with the spray gun & then I sprayed it with a few layers of the toasted wheat paint. I don’t use my paint sprayer often because I like using a brush when I do most of my pieces, but it’s handy to have around for pieces like this. If you want me to do a review on the paint sprayer & a how-to leave a comment below. Another great way to paint a glider would be simply using spray paint & spray paint primer. I sealed the piece using Minwax spray polyurethane in satin to seal the piece. I had a friend of mine make slipcovers for the cushions & I re-upholstered the ottoman in a white cotton fabric that I bought at Wal-mart. & voila a new chair for an awesome nursery!

Glider makeover - How to paint a glider
Glider makeover - How to paint a glider

Glider makeover - How to paint a glider

Glider makeover - How to paint a glider


Meeting my precious nephew last week for the first time via Instagram {@lizmariegalvan} My heart is so full of love for this little guy & I can’t imagine my life with out him as my nephew!

I loved surprising my sister-in-law at her shower with this glider. It is a memory I’m sure we both will never forget.What do you think of the glider makeover? Have you refinished a glider before? What was your experience? I would love to see it! Leave a comment below or find me on Facebook, or tag me on Instagram!


  1. Awe it looks great!! So glad it got put to great use for a new special little guy! :) I would def like to know your opinion on the spray gun :)

  2. So In love sister! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts — I cried all over again when I read this blog post! Love you.

  3. Tina Regimbal says:

    Great job on the glider. Saw a used one today at our local flea market.
    I might just have to go back…
    I too would like to learn more about a paint gun..

  4. It’s beautiful! The glider and the sentiment behind it. Thanks for sharing! Catherine

  5. Liz Marie,

    It’s just beautiful. You did an awesome job. I love gliders. Love that chevron blanket too!

  6. Congratulations auntie! The gift is awesome! A glider is one of the most useful things a new mommy can get~ they are also one of the ugliest! You have done a fabulous job transforming it into a fun and stylish piece! Bravo!

  7. Hi Liz Marie! Your glider looks great! I have one now for 18 years! lol I got it when I had my first son and used again for my second baby 5 years ago…I can’t get rid of it but I certainly can give it a new life inspired by yours! Thanks for sharing! Came over to visit you from the Clean and Scentsible party!

  8. Jessica says:

    I would love a review of the paint sprayer! I’m about to spruce up an old Jenny Lind crib, and think this sprayer could be my best friend!?!

  9. What a lovely surprise for your sister-in-law! A lovely transformation and I’d love to hear more about paint sprayers. I’ve never used one before…. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  10. Gorgeous transformation! Love the happy yellow color! If you get a chance, please link up to my linky party:

  11. This is such a fabulous transformation Liz! I love the pop of yellow paired with that colorful chevron blanket! I would love if you would share this over at our blog hop

  12. Creation for making the cover for battered Nursery Glider is a very good idea. The result is completely different. The new cover makes the glider look very nice and interesting. Of course, it makes the glider is uncomfortable to sit or sleep in it.

  13. Did you have to take the glider completely apart to paint it? I found an old one for only $10 so I’m ready to tackle it and bring it up to date :)

  14. Would like to hear your review of this sprayer as well. I’m hand painting one right now and it is miserable. I like your color choice and sweet story :)

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