Finishing Children’s Furniture

With child safety always at the forefront of parents minds, ensure your home is child proof with the range of Liberon products which are EN -71 Part 3 Approved. An adequate finish assists in keeping the joinery work from failing over time by minimizing this wood movement. However, when buying solid wood cribs, make sure to verify that any glues that were used are at least water-based and VOC-free, and preferably natural or even organic. Every now and then you may need to get some sandpaper to refinish your wood items if it is rough or stained. I’m sure you can paint over it, but it’s not going to make your paint finish better. Finish yourself with a non-toxic oil such as the one linked above if you choose. For a final clear finish, look for a UV-resistant varnish (often called spar varnish or marine finish).

Wax is the time-tested, old-fashioned way to refinish wood floors and was routinely used before polyurethanes became available in the 1970s. Located in Northern California , the Puzzle People use baby safe materials and finishes on all puzzles. I really like the idea about the clear sealers, and I’ve actually thought about something similar. Thanks for stopping by. I try to buy all of my furniture unfinished now and finish it myself with safe finishes.

The alcohol will evaporate, leaving only the food coloring behind (which is, by definition, food safe). I’m using the colours and shellac for artwork…so don’t have any other considerations concerning the grain of wood and absorbency to consider. The furniture in our house as a child (and now mine too) was always solid wood, artisan furniture with the softest grain texture. As long as you don’t build up the finish beyond several coats, shellac, lacquer, varnishes and catalyzed finishes can all be used for natural-looking finishes.

Due to the abundance of milk in early rural America, a combination of milk paint and iron oxide (rust) or animal blood was often used to paint idyllic red barns that dot the countryside to this day, a testament to the durability of the finish. I found that tung oil is the absolute best product available for the inner bore of these instruments of keep moisture from soaking into the wood and causing possible splitting issues.

The materials that make up the crib are eco-friendly and sturdy, the joints are securely assembled and the finish is absolutely smooth without use of chemical based toxic paints. One must also consider whether the manufacturer discloses ingredients, or just assures that it will stay put since it is a powder coat finish. Because it penetrates the wood, an oil sealer enhances grain patterns and deepens the color of the wood.

Yea, the same stuff as ‘baby oil’ without the perfumes in it. If it’s safe enough to rub on a baby, it’s safe enough for the baby toys. I like to let this finish sit on the toy for at least 24 hours before I buff it out to a soft natural look while removing any excess with a soft cotton cloth. The simplest clear finish is one coat of shellac to seal the wood, followed by paste wax to leave a smooth, silky feel. In fact on some toys like the Slider Baby Rattle we use no finish – just a very smooth hand sanded piece of hard maple wood. I tried Amber Dusick’s (aka Etsy’s Woodmouse) Beeswax Wood Polish recipe and it worked great.

I have spent hundreds of hours researching safe baby products and cleaning products. A crystal-clear, water-based finish specially formulated to protect wood against nature’s toughest conditions. I do not buy it. Now you can argue that your child will not consume the finish on his/her crib, but my daughter gnawed her crib rail like a baby beaver so, if you want to play it 100% safe, I would stick with an unfinished solid wood crib and seal it with food grade tung oil or linseed oil if you want a finish.

The finish takes up to 60 days to fully cure, but you can walk on it after three days. To finish our blocks, either paint” the liquid on blocks making sure to cover all surfaces, or if using a paste, use your hands or a rag to scoop the paste out of the container and work it into the wood. I have been trying a primer, paint, shellac, but that doesn’t feel strong or safe. Bees wax, mineral oil, white shellac, water based polyurethane, and salad bowl finish are your best bets for a safe coating. Whichever oil you choose, use it often, as your wood dries out with washing and use.

Water-based polyurethane easily cleans with soap and water and protects the paint, stain or bare wood underneath. However, often floors are sanded and refinished because th is is the easiest route to a perfect new finish or because the homeowners want to lighten the whole surface. After it soaks into the wood and dries, scrape off any surface excess with a putty knife. Even if a furniture finish claims to be VOC free, it can still have unacceptable levels of heavy metals, so be sure to ask the manufacturer about their testing protocols for heavy metals before being sold on a crib with a truly VOC-free coating.

The finish itself doesn’t scratch, but recoating usually is needed every two to three years as the finish wears down. After sanding, proceed to add your food safe wood finish in several coats ideally allowing time for it to dry in between. Look for unfinished wood, non-toxic clear finishes (beeswax or food-grade oils are best), or solvent-free, water-based paints. If you want fast, go get some cheap clear spray finish and it will be ready tomorrow BUT it will not be right or the best. Larger gouges and splits are best repaired by patching the void with a piece of wood that matches the colour and grain orientation of the wood under repair.

At the end of the day, it has to be something that you, personally, are comfortable with your child licking and teething on. Here’s a helpful guide from Healthy Child describing the various types of plastics in more detail. Another option is to purchase unfinished wooden toys and paint or finish them yourself. None of the writers of books on finishing in the US, that I have seen, makes any reference to a food safe or child safe standard. My father makes custom hard wood furniture so I have had extensive exposure to wood finishes.

Pure Tung oil (China wood oil) is an all-natural finishing product that provides a tough, flexible and highly water-resistant coating or wood finish. Jojoba oil is clear while olive oil is greenish/yellowish.) Use a cheese grater and shave your beeswax or pound it into bits with a hammer. Unfinished furniture retailer, includes furniture showroom and free information about wood finishing.

This is a durable finish that’s a step up in toughness and longevity from water- and oil-based polyurethane. The wood in the recovered dent should then be dried and sanded smooth to match the surrounding wood. The rubber protective bumpers on the base of a vase may actually create yellow impressions in a clear lacquer finish. The strong solvent that will soften the existing clear finish and spread around a mixture of softened varnish and stain.