Roadkill Rescue: Changing Table to Shelf

My latest curbside find was an old cracked and falling apart changing table.   It looked like it was probably pretty inexpensive.   After driving past it several times in my neighborhood I decided to pick it up and see what I could transform it into.   After much thought it became a hanging shelf for all of my heat transfer material and vinyl for my Silhouette machine.

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If you missed my thought process on this piece you can check out my video about it here.

changing table in the trash


2 can of Rustoluem Apple Green spray paint


12 feet of 4” primed MDF

nail gun and air compressor

hanging wire and 2 screws

hack saw

miter box

wood filler

medium sand paper

1.   Using a hack saw I chopped the top of the changing table off from its base.

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2.   I cut down my 4” wide MDF to fit in between the side spindles which happened to be 36”.   I cut 4 lengths of board at 36”.   Then I formed them in an L and nailed them together with my air nail gun.   These became the shelves.   Then I filled the nail holes with wood filler so it would look nice.

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3.   I primed the shelves and then I sprayed everything with Apple Green spray paint.   When everything was dry I attached wire and screws on the back so I would have something to hang it from.   Then I just slid the wood L shelves in between the spindles.   That way if I ever choose to use the shelf for something else I can change the height of the shelves.

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4.   Then I attached it to the walls with some heavy duty screws and added all my heat transfer material and vinyl.

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Cost: $11 ($5 for MDF and $6 for spray paint)

My plan is to purchase buckets or something to hang from the bottom spindles.

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Here is the transformation…

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IC {loves} Roadkill Rescue!

  • lexi

    this is awesome!!! please post when you hang the buckets, or better yet just save some tin cans from food or whatever and reuse!! i cant wait to see it!!!

    • Beckie

      I most certainly will!

  • Vivienne @ The V Spot

    Very clever! Nice save and I love the green color!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Viv!

  • Madigan at madiganmade

    Beckie, this is amazing! Genius! What a great way to store vinyl and I’m lovin’ that color.

    • Beckie

      Thanks Madigan! I have gone through many a Apple green spray paint canisters. I love that color too.

  • Jamie

    wow this is really cool, such a great idea, I’m sharing this on my FB page

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    awesome job!

    • Beckie

      Thank you for the shout out Jamie. I totally appreciate it.

  • Susan

    That was such a great transformation! I love the color you used, that really took some creative processing to come up with that!

  • Betsy

    Unbelievable. I’d have to stand on my head and turn sideways to think up this one. Yes, little buckets would look so cute hanging from the rails. Great job.

    • Beckie

      Tee hee…the mental picture made me giggle.

  • Vanessa

    This looks great! I love this idea.

  • Megan

    Nice work! We have the same changing table in cherry, and this is good inspiration for a way to repurpose it when we’re done changing diapers! :)

    • Beckie

      Tee hee! Are you having more kiddos? you might have to wait a while ;-)

  • lauren@warm&fuzzy

    Wow beckie…I am in awe. I love this and would never think to transform this changing table into a storage rack. Cant wait to see it with the buckets too! GENIUS!! I love Roadkill Rescue too!

    • Beckie

      Thanks Lauren. I have to find just the right buckets. They have to be able to unhook. If you have any ideas send em my way.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Woohoo!! It looks fantastic! So funny, b/c just before I read what you wrote, I was thinking “she should hang some buckets by those bottom spindles.” Great minds think alike!! ;)

    • Beckie

      I have to find just the right buckets. They have to be able to unhook. If you have any ideas send em my way.

  • PJ

    Amazing, no one would EVER guess that you pulled that off the side of the road and transformed it from cheap changing table to chic craft storage!

  • Mel the Crafty Scientist

    I absolutely love your blog and I was inspired by the interchangeable ribbon necklace you made back in August 2010 and I finally made it and posted about it on my blog. I linked back to you and credited you with the inspiration and tutorial, but just wanted to say thanks and let you know where it is if you wanted to see it: Check it out if you want and thanks again! : )

  • Jodi

    That is an amazingly clever and beautiful transformation! I love it!

  • Amanda

    I love the color! That would be great for holding all of my spray paint / acrylic paint! Loved your video by the way. If I were your neighbor I think I’d put stuff outside just to see what you would do with it! :)


  • laxsupermom

    Love this! I turned my son’s changing table into a shelf by turning it upside down, and removing a couple of pieces, but it took real vision to chop off the top and turn it on it’s side. Love what you came up with and the thought process behind it! And the color is so fun and energetic – perfect for a craft room. Thanks for sharing.

  • Screaming Meme

    Your are so creative! What a beautiful mounted roadkill…lol I love it!

  • Terri

    I love your idea! Even more than that I love that you spared the thing from the indignity of the landfill. I love the reuse, and that you now have something that probably doesn’t exist to buy anywhere. Necessity, the mom of invention. You are inventive!!!!!!!!!!!! What are you going to do with the rest of the changing table?

  • Memories by Christine scrapbooking

    Beckie, the color against your orange wall is awesome! So spring-y:) I think you have late nights making projects, right? This color scheme is perfect to help you stay awake!

    • Beckie

      Yah my studio is bright! I felt like it was the only room I could get away with being that crazy!

  • Jacque

    What a find. What a mind. That is so great. You have a wonderful imagination.

  • Patty

    could you maybe craft fabric buckets??? Or maybe kids sand pails???

    • Beckie

      Yah I am not sure what I am going to use. I need the handle to unattach so I can attach it to the spindle without taking the thing apart. Hmmmm….

  • jen @ tatertots and jello

    Beckie! That turned out so great!! I think it’s my favorite Rescue project that you have done so far. And love that green color. Awesome!!!


  • Jayna Rae

    Oh boy, that is some curbside awesomeness. I love the color too.

  • Wendi

    I WANT ONE :0)
    SOOOOOO cool!

  • Amy {The Idea Room}

    Great job! perfect place to store all of that stuff. Love the apple green color!

  • Ginger

    looks fabulous! I saw an old changing table at goodwill once but I didn’t know what I would do with it. I wish I picked it up now! I am a new follower and I am really enjoying snooping around your archives! Found this post on somewhat simple link party!


    • Beckie

      Thanks for stopping by Ginger. I hope you will stick around.

  • Mary @ Redo 101

    I am amazed you came up with this incredible idea for a roadside changing table! Love that apple green and now I’m dying to paint something that color! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Kristen

    This is amazing! I have that same changing table but once my little one is potty trained, I’ve got big plans for it lol. Thanks for sharing such a neat idea!!

  • KAT

    sweet looking…we can always use more shelf space

  • Shawna

    You know, if you didn’t put the ‘top’ mdf shelf on you could use that to store wrapping paper too! (I don’t have rolls of vinyl lying about.)

  • Krista Manton

    very good idea, I was just looking at the 2 changing tables we have in the house, they are exactly like this one you used, and I wondered what to do with them after kiddo is finally potty trained, now I know just what to do with them! and I love the color you used, thanks for sharing

  • Julie

    VERY cool, maybe I don’t need to garage sale mine now….thanks! Found you on Today’s Creative, stop by when you get a chance!

  • Jami

    What an extraordinary idea!!! I can’t believe you made it from a changing table! Would love for you to drop by the Tuesday To Do party and share it!

  • Melissa

    Was that my changing table!!!
    I just got rid of one EXACTLY like that, white and all . . . .me and 2/3 of the other mothers who own changing tables!!!

    • Beckie

      Oh crap I hope you don’t want it back ;-)

  • Rachelle

    Wow! This is awesome- you had a great vision to turn the changing table into a shelf. Love this project!

  • Rita @

    Now that’s recycling, reusing and re-purposing! Terrific project!

  • Michelle @Thrifty 101

    Holy Cow this is so creative!! Way to go girl! I just got a Cricut and I’ve been wondering where to store the cartridge boxes I have. What a great idea! I’d love for you to come link up this and any other projects you have at DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101!

    • Beckie

      Thank you Michelle. Yah it is hard to store those awkward shapes that you own a lot of!

  • Brook

    Great idea Beckie! Now I wish I would have kept my changing table!

  • Sarah @ The Birds Papaya

    I have that EXACT change table…when I’m done with it…I hope I remember this!!

  • Heater

    This is the greatest idea…..I’ve been wondering how and what to do with my vinyl. Looks like this is my next mission to find something like this to transform. Well done!!!

    • Beckie

      Thank you so much! If you make one do take lots of pictures and send them my way.

  • Lizzy

    I am fairly certain this is the exact changing table we have- Only ours is still lovely, 80s brown. :) I will think twice before throwing it out though so I can make a great shelf like this!!

    • Beckie

      It seems you are not alone! there is a treasure waiting to be had!

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  • Ellie_Caswell

    This is frigging brilliant.

    • Beckie

      Glad you like it, Ellie!