Monday, 30 July 2012

DIY; Baby Changing Station!!


I have been wanting to share this post with you for ages now but it took a little longer than i thought to complete! At the beginning of looking at nursery furniture, we weren't going to buy a changing station as i think they're overpriced for what they are! But as i kept looking, i felt like i should buy one because everyone seems to have one! 


I had planned to paint this chest of drawers white anyway, as i wanted all the nursery furniture to be white. Whilst i was browsing in Morrisons, i came across the Munchkin Nappy Change Organiser which was on offer at only £7 when they had their baby event. The idea for this DIY Changing Station immediately sprang to mind and i was so excited to start!


Paint brushes of assorted sizes, Strips of Velcro, Nappy Change Organiser, Sandpaper and Gloss paint.
OPTIONAL: We used wire staples from B&Q in the end to attach the nappy organiser to make it more secure, so you will need these if you chose to do that too.

Of course, you will need a chest of drawers and your chosen changing mat as well. Make sure your changing mat is a similar size to the top of the chest of drawers, not too big and overhanging. Alternatively, you could also buy a Cot top and fix this to the top of the chest of drawers, and then the changing mat on top of that. 



The first step is to sand your unit down and paint it your chosen colour. If you are pregnant and doing it yourself, make sure you do it in a well ventilated room and use a mask to help guard you from the fumes. Try not to spend too much time in there and take breaks out of the room if needed. Paint it outside if neccessary!


Once you're happy with the painting and it's all dry (mine too 2 coats and a day in between each to dry), you can attach your nappy organiser to your preferred side of the unit with the staples. Make sure you have figured out where your unit is going to be placed as to not attach it to the wrong side. Alternatively you can attach the velcro that comes attached to the Nappy organiser already! 


The last step is to attach your changing mat. Apply your velcro strips to the top of the unit and bottom of the changing mat, making sure you match them up so they stick securely! We have used velcro so i am still able to remove the changing mat if needed, but you could glue it if you don't think removing it will be necessary for you.

Fill up your nappy organiser and you're done! 


Your DIY Changing Station!



I'm so happy with the results and i think it looks great! It also saved us a bunch of money and kept me busy whilst being off work! There's something so satisfying about DIY!



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6 comments

  1. Well done you, what a clever idea. I refused to buy a changing table too as I thought they were a rip-off. We use a chest of drawers as ours and find it really practical, plus its bigger and slightly taller than most changing tables, so it offers more storage and is better for our backs.
    x

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  2. WOW - that is brilliant! Well done you-I would never have thought of doing that. And the great thing is when baby is too big for it, you've still got your drawer unit-genius! Thanks for dropping by my blog today btw and for your lovely comment...looking forward to following yours now - exciting times for you! Avril x

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  3. Such a good idea! It looks fab :) We did something similar with our first son and an Ikea chest of drawers, this time round we've no space for a chest of drawers so poor little one will be changed on the floor!x

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  4. We just installed a commercial unit to save the space since it can fold up and down as needed. The space under also makes it easier on my back. But it was a pain not having everything with in reach. Eventually my husband put up some shelves above it, which was nice, even that had it's problems (if anything fell).

    It's like by the time you get everything figured out, the little guy is out of diapers!

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  5. It looks gorgeous with the white painting! Unfortunately not everyone has an unused drawer. Great sharing here Kerry :).

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