I had registered for a changing table, but it was never purchased for us. So I decided to make my purchase using the gift cards that we received at our baby shower. I showed my husband my baby-stuff-still-needed list, and he was more than surprised to see how much a changing table costs. He thought that we were going to search on Craigslist for one, so he was doubly surprised. Because I know sometimes you get what you pay for, all I want is everything to be safe for our baby. We came to the compromise that we would look for a gently used changing table on Craigslist that we could put a personal touch on.
We sifted through Craigslist and we finally found one that fit the bill. My husband went for the purchase and pick up and got a great deal on it for just $35.00. The only downside was that it was on the third floor of a walk-up building. Luckily, my husband manage to carry it down without an damages.
I knew exactly what our personal touch was going to be...green paint! Baby S was born in May, so his birth stone is emerald green. I've never owned a piece of colorful furniture, and I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out in my own home. My husband primed the changing table so the green paint would adhere to it well.
Materials: spray-on white primer, green paint, a brush, and a roller
I love this green, and it's a perfect match to the polkadots in the OhJoy! changing pad. (Click here for more details on my post 'How to Register for a Gender Neutral Nursery') It has blue undertones and looks very rich. The changing table is also a great focal point underneath the window.
Then I was able to re-purpose these little bins that I had from our last apartment. Actually, I found them in the dollar section at Target. (BTW I love the dollar section at Target!) I plan to store diapers, baby wipes, and other supplies in these bins to keep everything neat and organized.
I am so happy how our DIY Painted Changing Table turned out. It just makes me happy. And happy is very important, especially when changing all of the poopy diapers!
Here is a progress photo of the nursery. The main pieces are in the room, but I'm still working on accents and accessories. It's starting to look like a baby lives here, well at least gets his diaper changed in here and listens to a good story.
And no, the make-shift floor lamp in the corner is not my final solution! It drives me nuts every day, but it's the best I have at the moment. Don't judge me!