Sunday, January 23, 2011

Retrofitted Baby Changing Stations

I'm a big fan of just using what you've got, whenever possible. You can creatively repurpose almost anything; it saves money, reduces waste and just makes sense.

When you have a baby, there's a big push (no pun intended) to buy all new furniture, including a changing table. I really didn't want a matching nursery set anyway, so I looked around the house for what would work for a changing station. Virtually any sturdy piece of furniture that is about waist-height can be retrofitted for that purpose.

For our firstborn, I ended up using an antique table I had in storage. I painted it white and situated a changing pad on top. To allow easy access to diapers and other necessities, I purchased a stand-alone cabinet with shelving and hung it above the changing table.

For the second iteration of the changing station with Baby #2, I updated the cabinet with some discounted paint. I used my grandmother's sewing machine cabinet, changing out the hardware for a more contemporary look. I like the extra storage that the drawers provide. A new changing pad and a wall lamp complete the ensemble.

Always look for ways that you can repurpose existing furniture. Do you have any ideas or links to share of projects you've pulled off?


  1. I used a $15 antique sewing machine from a yard sale for my 1/2 bath sink! We dropped a round white basin / sink in it and it is so cute! The swing out doors has a small caddy in it (where sewing supplies were kept) and my son keeps his toothpaste and toothbrush in it so he has one on every level of the house.

  2. That's a wonderful idea, Vicky! I see a yet another purpose in my sewing machine's future. :)