thank you for your wonderful responses to the quilt and our big announcement! let’s begin this string of baby posts with an easy, not-too-babyish project i took on a few months ago–the changing table.
i love the “modern” aesthetic, but i’m too cheap to pay for the really good stuff, so i’m always looking around for good bargains. while shopping for nursery furniture, i decided that i wanted to get a changing table that was also a dresser to increase the likelihood of it being used for a long time. i drooled over many of the beautiful modern pieces out on the market today and tried to figure out if i could justify the cost, but, in the end, i decided to start with a trip to the trusty ol’ dig-n-save. you know, the thrift store outlet? where items that aren’t good enough to be sold at the regular thrift stores are sold at rock bottom prices? i zipped through it once and didn’t really see anything perfect, plus, i wasn’t quite sure what size to get. how tall should it be? how deep is a changing table pad? i continued my search at other stores, did some measurement research and went back to the dig and save for one more look. and i found this:
it wasn’t much to look at. there were chunks of veneer missing, water stains on the top and boring knobs, but the basic lines were nice and clean and at $10 the price was right for a gamble. Plus, in looking online for inspiration, i’d found this awesome furniture makeover, this “changer” by amy coe, and also loved the color combo of this crib which we ended up purchasing later. put those all together with a few cans of paint we had leftover from other projects, two afternoons of work and you get….
then, a few weeks later when my dad came to visit, he helped me build a box on top to hold the changing pad (with a little extra room on the side for diapers, etc. and space underneath for a diaper pail) and he also installed runners on the drawers so that they work more smoothly. i also enlarged the finger holes a bit and now it looks like this:
i’m pretty happy with it and i love that i was able to transform something that looked so sad into something so much happier!