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Q: We are decorating our nursery and have been offered a used crib, dresser and change table. (Yes, they meet current safety standards!) Any tips on freshening them up?

Tamara says...
Painting is the easiest way to change the look of used furniture. But before doing so, check to ensure that dangerous lead paint was not originally used. Then find out if the existing paint is oil or latex (find simple testers at most paint stores) and prep and prime accordingly (ask at your local paint store). Be sure to take components apart to properly paint, and allow them to dry completely between coats and before reassembling. Also, note any spots where paint could interfere with the hardware and/or mechanisms. Consider changing the hardware (e.g., knobs on the dresser) to further personalize items.

Tamara Chiarello's interior design company, In Vision, does both residential and commercial work. Send her your decorating questions here.