Sunday, November 25, 2012

Design on a Dime - How to Change the Changing Table

If your house is like ours, the toys are slowly taking over.  It's a great problem to have, but it's easy for kids to suffer from the "out of sight, out of mind" problem and only play with the toys that they can readily see.  But, efficient storage can be expensive.  So, try this idea on for size.  One of our favorite toy organizers is this lovely set of light blue shelves.  Can you guess what this used to be?

That's right, it used to be our son's changing table!  It was sitting unused in our basement, and came to the rescue when we needed more storage. It used to be a light colored wood, which didn't go in our family room, but that's easy to fix.  

Change the Changing Table Project Supplies:
  • Changing table 
  • Small can of house paint (latex wall paint is perfect)
  • Drop cloth
  • Paint brushes

If you don't have house paint that you like, go to your local Home Depot or Ace.  They have a section with "OOPs paint" in their paint department where they sell cans of paint for $2 - $10.  Often times, these are beautiful colors that customers didn't want for some reason after the store custom-mixed them.  We got this gorgeous pale blue shade for $2 at Ace. 

Set up the drop cloth, and make sure the paint can't bleed through it.  If you think it can, put a layer of cardboard or newspapers underneath.  Make sure you stir the paint well, and get to work.  It you hate to sand like I do, it will take several coats to cover the shiny varnish.  

Here's a trick so you don't have to wash out the brushes between each coat.... Wrap the brushes in layers of wet paper towels when not in useThe brushes won't dry out, and you won't need to keep washing them! 

This is a quick and easy project that yields great results!  Just make sure to the let the paint dry thoroughly before you load it up with toys!