Happy Wednesday, sweet friends! With all of the uncertainty during this time, it almost seems frivolous to blog. But, it keeps my mind off of all the scary news, so I hope by you reading this, it will take your mind off of it for just a bit, too. So, come see how to make a diaper changing station!
I don’t know if you’ve checked lately, but baby furniture is really expensive! So, when it comes to choosing necessary furniture for a nursery, it’s nice to borrow what you need if possible ,or get the best you can afford. And if space is limited, it’s nice when a piece can do double duty! Like a diaper changing station!
When our son and daughter-in-law were expecting their first baby, they decided to forgo a traditional style of changing table. Instead they went with a nice dresser from Restoration Hardware. And since RH has a baby line as well, they carry a removable changing tray topper to go on the dresser that matches. The tray sits on top of the dresser and is secured with screws on the back. The drawers will give them plenty of storage for all of his little clothes, diapers and accessories. And after he outgrows diapers, they can simply remove the topper and use it as a dresser.
So, I decided to make a changing station as well in our guest room for when our children come to visit. This pretty vintage writing desk was already in the room in this exact spot. I decided it would work perfectly as a changing table! I purchased the removable changing tray in white for about $40 from a BuyBuy Baby Outlet. Once I purchased the tray and placed it on the writing desk, wallah! A changing table! (Note: The tray comes with brackets and screws to secure it to the table for safety.)
I always had a shelf over my changing table when my boys were little. It was a handy spot to keep extra diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer and a few toys to entertain the boys as I was changing diapers. So, some sort of shelf is a must in my book! I’ve had this cute shelf for ages. Originally it was painted pink but I painted it white and used it in my craft room for supplies. But now, I thought it would be perfect to hold baby supplies! (You should have seen me standing on a ladder, holding the shelf in one hand with a level balancing on top while I marked the holes.) I secured the shelf to the wall using wall anchors and 4 screws.
I switched out the original wooden knobs for these cute little porcelain elephant knobs. My son has a “thing” for elephants so I think he will appreciate even pink knobs. I think they look precious. (The knobs were found on eBay a few years ago.)
I filled the shelves and cubbies with vintage toys, blocks, wipes and tiny shoes. The round red rattle was my son’s when he was a baby. (Hoarding and saving everything has its advantages.) Our grandson’s name is Bradford, after his father and grandfather, and they are calling him Ford~which I think is adorable! I spelled out his name in vintage blocks in one of the cubbies.
Because our children and grandson live out of state, my husband and I like to make their stay as comfortable as possible when they visit. By putting this changing station in “their” room, we hope it will help make things easier for them while traveling away from home with the baby.
Basically the only out-of-pocket expense was the changing tray topper because everything else was in my treasure room. We will leave this changing station in the guest room for as long as we have grand babies, which we hope will be a LONG time. And we hope Ford can enjoy his sweet little cradle I fixed up for him too! Rock-a-bye baby, in the tree top….
Well, my friends, thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment below and let me know how you are doing. And if you have a fun DIY project, please share! We will get through this together! Have a great day and stay healthy and safe! xoxo Dell