Picking a changing table was the most difficult decision we had to make about the baby’s room. We could borrow one from a family friend. We could buy a new one, even though the baby would only use it for a year.
Eventually we decided to repaint an dresser from my old bedroom set, which my parents bought for me when I was seven. For the last few years, it has been stored in my grandmother’s basement under a flowered sheet in the corner.
I forgot to take a “before” picture of the dresser, but picture brown wood with tarnished handles. With some acrylic paint, sandpaper, and new knobs, we tried to create a brightly-colored, vintage-looking dresser that would double as a changing table.
This reinvented dresser from Apartment Therapy was our inspiration.
We used this paint from Michael’s…
and went to Anthropologie to choose from their huge selection of knobs.
We picked six different knobs that had a similar shape and aimed for color balance (a couple of bold knobs, a couple of prints, a couple of solids).
Kenny did most of the sanding and painting. He sanded the entire dresser with coarse sandpaper, then painted it with two coats. Then he used a fine sandpaper to smooth out the surfaces and to remove some of the paint in the corners to give the dresser a vintage look. You can see some of the worn edges in the picture below.
Once the dresser was done, we only had to plop a changing pad on top. Now we have a dresser that will grow with our daughter, even when she’s too old for a changing table.
Have you ever reinvented old furniture? Tell us about the process and share a link if you have pictures or a post.