On Saturday, hubby and I (along with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law) made a trip to Ikea and picked up a few more things we needed for the nursery. I’m happy to say that the nursery is about 85% done, just a few more details (namely curtains and a floor lamp) and it will be totally FINISHED!!! And I can’t wait to share it with you guys!
But first, let me show you guys the latest addition: the changing table. Initially, my plan was to buy a dresser to convert to a changing table and put it in the closet to save space. Like this:
But, I realized that I would probably end up losing quite a bit of storage space by doing it that way, and like I mentioned in this post about the closet, it was really important to me that we be able to store some of the larger things in the bottom of the closet so that I at least have the option of putting them away and closing the door when company comes over. Ya know, so it at least appears like I’ve got my act together. Ha!
So I did a little rearranging in the room and figured out a space for a small changing table. Design-wise, I love the look of using a dresser as a changing table. However, because the nursery isn’t a gigantic room, I didn’t want anything too visually ‘heavy’. I wanted something more open and airy feeling so that the room wouldn’t feel too crowded. Does that make sense?
I stalked Craigslist until I found something that fit the bill perfectly! So for $30 (and a quick stop at a semi-shady house; no worries, mom…JP was with me), I brought this baby home!
I really loved all the spindles and that none of the slides were closed in. It’s also real wood, which was a huge plus to me since I wanted to paint it!
So once I Lysol-ed it within an inch of its’ life, I did a quick once over with some sandpaper and got to work. From the second I saw this on Craigslist, I pictured it in a bright, sunny yellow and it just so happened that we had a sample pot leftover from when we painted the sun on the feature wall. It’s ‘Macaw’ by Behr and it’s a really fun shade of yellow.
There wasn’t actually a lot to paint as far as surface area goes, but all those lovely spindles did make for a bit of a challenge. So here’s my recommended spindle-painting method: hold your brush perpendicuar to the spindle and swipe on one side and then the other.
Then just work your way up (or down) the spindle. Be sure not to have too much paint on your brush because you don’t want any globs sitting in any of those nooks or crannies. The paint also has a tendency to want to pool at the bottom of the spindle so just make sure you wipe any excess paint from the bottoms as you go. Nice, thin coats really are the way to go here (and for any other painting, for that matter). It may seem like you can go faster if you slop the paint on, but it will only make for more work down the road when you have to sand all those big globs off.
After the first coat was dry, I gave it a light sanding and put on one more coat. Two coats ended up giving us pretty good coverage for this piece, so once the second coat was dry I just went back through and touched up a few places. When working with lots of spindles or details, just make sure to look at your piece from EVERY angle because you’re bound to miss a spot here and there.
Once the touch-ups were finished, I sealed it a few coats of Safecoat Acrylaq. I figure this baby will need to hold up to a bit of abuse (it’s a changing table..use your imagination) and I like Acrylaq because it’s less harsh than traditional sealants.
But what’s a changing table without a little bit of storage, you ask? I remedied the problem with a few storage boxes that I picked up at Ikea on Saturday. I got 6 Kassett storage bins for $21…not too shabby. So here’s where we stand today!
I LOVE the yellow color..it’s so happy! Oh, and there’s a little sneak peek of the rug and the glider for ya 🙂
In reality, the lids will probably sit under the boxes, because who wants to mess with a lid every time you need a diaper? And as of right now, most of the boxes are empty still. So for all you mommas out there: what are some of the essentials I should be storing here?
And just to save your scrolling finger, here’s the before and after side-by-side.