How to repurpose a changing table.

Out with the old in with the new. I don’t know about you, but I have no room in my life for useless furniture. I like everything in our small space to have a reason, otherwise I need it gone.  

D Nursery 2010

Well, I might have two children in diapers, but this changing table was rarely used for anything except junk collecting.  I keep my diapers organized in a bin in the living room, and use a catch and release method while changing the diapers of my very active boys. 

I was all ready to consign our changing table when I realized a great need that our family had, a desk. 



I started by removing half the rail on the front side, this gives me a flat working surface. 

I then added a shelf, using the remaining front rail and the back rail as the “studs”. I had an extra shelf from our entertainment center that fit perfectly, so I used that, but a piece of plywood would work. When securing the shelf, make sure to use a pilot drill before screwing it on. Otherwise the rails might split. I then sanded down any rough edges.

Next steps were to paint and seal. (In hindsight I would have primed before painting.)

0f301697-c410-4c8e-bb9b-7750e1a85f90_zps9b5031f5For my colors I chose Cream Mocha, Refreshing Mimosa and Smoky Charcoal, all Glidden colors. 








The accent colors were on such small surfaces that I was able to just buy 2 oz samples. They were only $2. For the sealer I use Polycrylic. Because it is water based, brush clean up was a breeze. This blog was a great resource for sealing.


22 comments to How to repurpose a changing table.

  • Selene Galindo  says:

    This is such a clever “out of the box” idea and I absolutely love it! I love the pops of blue and yellow on the shelves, makes it interesting! Nice job!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thank you. It was a really fun project, and I am proud of how it turned out.

  • Missy  says:

    That is very clever, such a fantastic job you did at painting too, love the colours. I just love repurposing furniture, I wish I had more skills and tools so I could do it more often and on a bigger scale.

    Just seen you over at the Lamberts Lately Create it Thursday Linky. Hope you can return the favour soon and visit my blog.

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thank you. I will definitely be checking out your blog

  • Hannah  says:

    Huh, so great!! Such a great idea :-D So many projects are the reverse of this, but I can see it being so useful for people wanting to re-purpose old changing tables instead of making desks into them! Amazing!

    Hannah ♫
    Sew Lah Tea Dough

  • Miranda @ Someday Crafts  says:

    Such a clever idea! I love that you turned it into something functional and useful for you! We’ll be featuring this over at Someday Crafts tomorrow. :)

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thank you for the feature. I am happy with how it turned out.

  • Jenn  says:

    This is such a clever idea! Beautiful painting job–great use of an old changing table! Thanks for sharing this project–

  • Hani  says:

    You have been featured at Craftionary today.. :) Thanks for linking up!

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      That’s great! Thank you.

  • Jessica  says:

    Wow! That looks good! Who would’ve thought it was a changing table after the magic you’ve done to it! Thanks for sharing with us @ My Favorite Posts SHOW OFF Weekend Blog Party!

    The Wondering Brain

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thanks for checking it out Jessica.

  • Carrie  says:

    What a great transformation! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thank you for hosting.

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  • Alli  says:

    I have to admit that I would have never thought to transform a changing table into a desk! Great job!!! Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      It is so much more useful now for me. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Melissa  says:

    I love the idea of repurposed furniture! I’m actually looking for a changing table right now and came across the idea of one that converts into a desk, but they all seem to be expensive. I love the changing table you used. Do you remember the brand of changing table it was or even the store you bought it? Thanks!

    • DelectablyDomestic  says:

      Thank you. The changing table came with the whole nursery set it was the Sorelle Petite Paradise Nursery In A Box – Cherry. It was sold a bunch of places: Babies r us is where we got ours. The company might sell the changing table separately if you contact them directly. I hope that helps.

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