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A Pop Of Sunshine In The Nursery

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  • January 21, 2013

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!

changing table before

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.

painting spindles


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!

changing table after


changing table after_2

I LOVE the yellow’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.

PicMonkey Collage

Happy Monday!

Linking up at Home Stories A to Z, Inspiration Gallery Party, Miss Mustard Seed, Thrifty Decor Chick, and Design, Dining, + Diapers


  • Christine G.

    Well, there’s the obvious diapers and wipes, A&D (or Butt Paste<–really great stuff btw), and Baby Powder (if you're planning on using it).
    I also keep some lotion and Baby Q_Tips.
    It's also a great place to put a Thermometer, Medicines, etc.

    Hope this helped 🙂

  • Ashley

    I love that cheerful shade of yellow! As for what to keep there, we found a changing table wasn’t necessary for us, so I can’t help you out. Love it, though!

  • Nannette

    Totally impressed!!!

  • Nina

    This is so creative! I like that you re-used something and made it so much prettier. Good luck with the rest of the nursery!

  • Kerry

    Love the yellow!!
    Let me think… Hand sanitizer (for you, just in case) – changings can get messy and I found sometimes I wanted a quick wash near my changing area before I had to pick baby up again and get him or her to a safe spot before I washed up in the sink : )
    And soft, washable toys – to distract baby. Stick them on the sides near baby’s head so he can stare while you change.

  • Abbie @ Love You So Blog

    I love how the bright yellow brightens up the grey walls 🙂 Really pulls everything together!

  • Tabitha

    LOVE this cute changing table in the closet! I did that in my 2nd daughter’s nursery! And it turned out so cute!! Great way to make a big impact in a small space!

  • Lesley

    I always had washclothes and small blankets (like the ones they use at the hospital) within arms reach. Accidents can happen and sometimes you need something a bit more absorbent than a wipe 🙂
    Hopefully you won’t have to use but diaper cream, thermometer and baby lotion. I recommend California baby calendula cream.

  • Kristine

    I am so obsessed with spindles at the moment and your change table is just perfect. That yellow is just so much fun…love it!

  • Chelsea @ two twenty one

    Aw, man! I wish I knew you were looking for a Jenny Lind changing table. I have one in my garage I need to get rid of. I bought it for $15 from someone I found on CL for a project I scrapped. Yours turned out great! I love the pop of yellow!

    • Dacia

      Well, I will now be contacting you directly for all of my CL needs 🙂

  • Storage Units Sunshine

    Thanks for the share of useful info and i liked your blog design.

  • Hannah

    Looks darling! I think you’ll find that when you have a squirming baby you are trying to keep on the table with one hand, that you won’t be able to open box tops to grab stuff with the other. That’s why open shelving works on changing tables. You’ll modify as you go along.

    • Dacia

      Thanks, Hannah! I agree…once the changing table is in use, I’m guessing I will take all the lids off the boxes and just tuck them underneath so I don’t have to deal with them in the midst of a diaper change!

  • Misty

    I looked online and asked at Lowe’s but there doesn’t seem to be a Valspar Macaw paint color. (Insert head scratch here.) So are you sure it’s named Macaw or that it’s a Valspar color? Or is it discontinued? My paint chip collection needs this color. 😀 And good luck with the baby. I never bothered with a changing table or a diaper genie. I had diapers and wipes in every room and just changed them on the floor/couch/bed/whatever and tossed the diaper in the kitchen trash. It was emptied frequently enough that my house never smelled like stinky diapers. And less gadgets and gizmos to worry about.

    • Dacia

      Ack, I’m so sorry Misty! It’s actually a Behr color…you should be able find it at Home Depot!!! Valspar is usually my go to..old habits die hard, right?! Sorry for the confusion!

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  • K

    LOVE IT! You did an amazing job and the color Is absolutely perfect. I’d put a whole bunch of little onsies in one of the boxes. I can’t tell you how many times my son needed new ones during changings. Socks & shoes could also go in another plus soft cotton baby hats. Although, you won’t need most of that stuff until the fall. You put me in the mood to search craigslist! I’m ready for another project. Have a wonderful weekend.

  • Lauren

    This looks great! How did you treat the shelves, since they are not solid wood. Did you prime them? Did you take them out first or just paint?

    • Dacia

      I used a paint that had a primer built in and just left the shelves in place while painting. I knew the majority of the shelves was going to be covered with storage boxes, so I wasn’t that concerned about a perfect paint job. It’s held up fairly well so far – I think sealing it has helped a lot.

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