Dresser to Changing Table

My stepsister is having her first baby this month.  As she was decorating for this new addition she had an old dresser in her house that needed a makeover.  She had this dresser as long as she could remember so she wanted to keep it in her home for sentimental reasons. However, she needed a changing table for her new son and asked her dad if he could make that happen.  So my stepdad enlisted my help to make it over. Goody, goody! 

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After my stepdad reinforced it and patched some holes it arrived to me looking like this…

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When I went on the Mint Julep Jaunt with some other bloggers to thrift in Louisville, KY back in June I was at the Salvation Army store and they had this changing table top.  I asked how much it was, and the old dude clearly didn’t know what it was, and said how about $1?  I said “Perfect!”  I was hoping it would fit on top of the dresser.

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Now it wasn’t a perfect fit, hanging over the sides about 1” but for this project I knew it was perfect and would still be safe for the baby.

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So I sanded the dresser down, removed the little keyholes on the drawers that had them (one was missing) and spray primed and painted it with my paint sprayer.  I used a color I had on hand (since my step sister wasn’t picky) which was Gobi Dessert by Behr.  I LOVE THIS COLOR, it is the perfect neutral from everything from furniture to walls.

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Then I gave it a little character refinement with some 60 grit sandpaper on all the edges.

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I told my step sister to wait 3 weeks before screwing the changing table into the dresser in order to give the paint time to cure.  That way when she is done using it as a changing table she can remove the top and still have a functional dresser.

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The changing table had two hangars on the back which can be used to anchor it to the dresser after the paint is cured.

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They look like they are meant to be together now that they are painted.  And, of course, I love the dual function of removing the changing table top and still having a usable piece of furniture that can grow with their family.