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DIY Changing Table

6.22.2011

A while ago…actually a really long time ago…I asked everyone’s opinion about this little corner of the nursery and if we should refinish the dresser and use it as a changing table or make one ourselves. 

nursery progress

I got some really great suggestions and in the end we decided to go the changing table route because I was worried the dresser was too long.

I did not want to spend a lot of money on another piece of furniture so Ana White once again came to our rescue with free and easy plans that included the capability of taking off the top when the baby got older and using it as shelves.  Score.  So Derek whipped it up in the basement.  One positive about a flooded basement with no carpet….a lot more space to DIY.  Who knew?

Then I made him carry it upstairs to make sure I liked the proportions before we I spent the time finishing it. 

changing table

Luckily I did. Whew.

So he carried it back downstairs.  Originally I was going to finish it with both brown and white to match the dressers and crib that look like this.

dresser glazing

But there was no good place to start and stop the white/brown combo without it looking funny so I just went with plain ole white in Ace Cabinet and Trim Paint.

I have to say that painting was the most difficult part of the project.  Trying to get under those shelves when you have a big pregnant belly was a little challenging.  I am sure I looked ridiculous but luckily no pictures of this feat exist.  That I know of.

Anyway I used one coat of primer, two coats of paint and three coats of polycrylic since I am sure this thing is going to take a beating.  Coming up with this:

changing table

But of course the changing table itself was not going to be the only DIY project. 

It took me forever to find baskets that I a) liked b)were the correct color and c) fit.  Many baskets were tried and returned.  Finally I found the bottom brown baskets at Homegoods.  Small problem was that they had lids and ugly liners.  But after the lids were cut off and I used this tutorial from Make It and Love It to make some new liners, we were good to go.

changing table

Of course I could not follow the entire tutorial.  I made the liner a little smaller and did not do the ties because I wanted a cleaner look.  So they are a little snug, but I love how they look (and the fact I got to skip the tie step).

changing table

The other DIY project was this cute little fabric box to hold diapering essentials.

changing table

I used this tutorial from The Sometimes Crafter. (See a theme of being completely unoriginal and using everyone else’s ideas…it is either being really smart…or really lazy).

This one was my first attempt because I was not sure how the sizing would work in the space in the changing table.  It was super easy and luckily for me it fit.

changing table

I am thinking about making some more with a different type of interfacing (I used heavyweight fusible on this one) to make it thicker as they will also look cute and be functional on the bookshelves.

changing table

So here is the changing table as it stands today.  I am thinking about making some tweaks stylistically in terms of the pad cover and maybe three navy middle baskets instead of the light blue….and maybe a different fabric for the box.

But for now it is ready and functional.  And cheap.  And all washable.  From what I hear that is important.

20 comments on "DIY Changing Table"
  1. You are seriously awesome. I love the changing table, and I'm usually anti-changing table. (What kind of non-parent has an opinion on changing tables? Me.)

    But the reason is that it seemed like a very short time period to use the piece. And then it would be null and void. But this? It can be a shelf? I'm in.

    If I ever have kiddos, I want this exact changing table. Your hubby can start working on it now, if you'd like. ;)

    Really digging the basket liners. I think I have to try that. I have some uglies around.

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  2. You did a fantastic job not just here but all over your home I so enjoy watching you change and make your family home beautiful!Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Another freaking awesome addition to a freaking awesome room! I love everything you did - the orange changing pad sheet, the diy baskets, the diy basket liners. And of course the DIY changing table. FAB job!

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  4. Looks great!

    One thought, though. You might want to re-think the mirror being there or REALLY attach it well. It will be a tempting target for the kiddo to kick and grab. Mine sometimes yank down the quilt I have above their changing tables. There are greasy fingerprints on the walls there, too from lotiony fingers. *sigh*

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  5. I love it - and who cares if you are using other's tutorials - that is what they're for!! Such an adorable set up.

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  6. The changing table looks amazing!! I love the baskets the liners look cute love it!!

    Great work - the room is so darling !

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  7. It really looks awesome! Love all of your DIY feats and how everything is coming together! Also loving the mirror!

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  8. Wow! That looks awesome - I love everything about it, and you are hardly lazy!

    I do agree with Nikki about the mirror, though. In the not too distant future, your little one will be trying to pull that down on his head. The changing table is the spot for all kinds of crazy shenanigans :)!

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  9. Fabulous fabulous work Jenny!! I adore your nursery...the colors and style are just so fresh and fun...and sophisticated! I love the mirror above the changing table. From experience I feel pretty safe saying by the time your kiddo could knock the mirror down, you will switch to changing diapers on a towel the floor. ;-) If they can maneuver that much they shouldn't be up that high.
    And the basket liners....awesome. That fabric is PERFECT!!

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  10. I'm in love with this nursery!! Almost makes me want to have a wee-one...almost.

    Love those dog photos as well. Everything is just so darn cute!!

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  11. I'm in love with this nursery!! Almost makes me want to have a wee-one...almost.

    Love those dog photos as well. Everything is just so darn cute!!

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  12. Great job! I second the motion that by the time the baby is mobile enough to be in the grabbing stage and eyeing up that gorgeous mirror, you'll be using the floor for diaper changes anyway because it ends up being the safest for everyone involved. :)

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  13. You're right...washable IS important. But it follows cuteness - and you knocked it out of the ballpark again. I'm loving the whole nursery...GREAT job!

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  14. So cool. We avoided the changing table for the reasons Kim mentioned above... but this doubles as shelves later on? That's awesome.

    It looks great! And the basket liners are so fantastic!

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  16. That's it. You win DIY nursery of the year award! Amazing. Such a lucky baby. I love all of the colors/prints!

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  17. I LOVE that mirror. May I ask where it is from?

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  18. Lindsey- Glad you like it! The mirror was a Homegoods find with a little DIY help in terms of navy spray paint.

    And we did screw it into the studs so if the little guy pulls on it, it won't come crashing down. Another plus of the navy color is that it hides the screws!

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  19. Jenny, would you mind sending me the dimensions of your changing table. This looks like the perfect size change table. I'm debating about purchasing or building a changing table and need to price things out. This is our first baby and we live in Canada... so I'm not too sure how much the lumber would cost to build.

    Thanks for any info you can pass along.

    heiditruong@gmail.com

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  20. Nailed it!!! Wall color? Howell1618@Gmail.com

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