Or I should say, my husband sawed off the awkward changing table hump!
These days new parents are using beautiful credenzas and dressers as changing tables. What a smart idea.
I used a traditional changing table complete with “awkward hump” that I really loved when my children were babies. It was only awkward when I no longer wanted to use it as a changing table. I can’t complain because my mom purchased this for my ten year old when he was a baby. He used it as a dresser until baby number two came along two and a half years ago. I’ve definitely gotten a lot of use out of it.
But now that baby number two has long outgrown it as a changing table, I knew I needed to start searching for a new dresser for him. I hadn’t gotten very far in my search when one night while reading to my two year old in his room, I got the idea in my head to convert the existing changing table to a dresser. I still love the finish and thought it would be awesome if my idea worked.
As you will soon see, it did!
Here is what it looked like before (if you squint your eyes, it’s not so blurry:)
It was a really sweet addition to both of our babys’ rooms. But it’s time had come.
This is what we did to make it over.
You can see the screws that held the top on. I removed the top and drew a level line for my husband to cut.
To make the top, I purchased a piece of 10″ x 8′ x 3/4″ pine and had them cut it to two pieces 51″ each. Then I used wood glue to attach them together to make one wider piece.
After the glue was dry, I sanded it smoothing out the edges.
Next, I applied the stain and polyurethane and reattached the top.
There was a slight gap where the drawer on the top piece once was.
So I added a small piece of trim I had in the garage to fix it. (I used mirror adhesive to attach it. It will be our little secret, ok?
This update cost me $21. That’s a lot less than a new dresser!
I chose the stain to coordinate with Brennan’s existing bed.
This was one of my favorite onsies that Brennan wore as a baby, so I displayed it in this shadow box frame that I painted to match the room.
I also love this little picture of a palm tree made from recycled glass. I purchased it years ago from a local craft market.
I am so glad it worked! I really could use this piece anywhere now. With a new coat of paint, this could even serve as a pretty sidetable.
Next, I’ll be moving all of Brennan’s toys from downstairs to his room. I’m already brainstorming ideas for toy storage. Then I’ll reveal the completed room.
Update: See his updated Big Boy Bedroom on a Budget here.
Thanks for visiting!