One of my dearest friends is pregnant with her first child. Combing facebook I found this striking and sweet Craigslist find.
The wide surface and drawer shapes could be perfect for a changing table.
The beautiful wood leaf detail, wooden keyholes and price made this a piece I couldn’t pass up.
- Step 1: TLC Dresser
- Have sanded plywood cut for back of dresser at Home Depot (cutting should be free) (or use 1×3 pieces of wood re-attaching the old pieces)
- Screw or nail plywood to back of dresser
- Remove broken drawer slides
- Cut and nail drawer slides —1 inch wide, 1/4(?) inch thick
- Add or fix up drawer pulls
- Step 2: Create height for dresser (orange)
- Cut two spindles in half from dry sink (12-15 inches tall)
- Prepare 12-18 inch spindles for leg anchors
- Drill holes for leg anchors
- Screw leg anchors into underside of dresser (do not attach spindles yet)
- Step three: Create changing table top (red)
- Find oak wood from other furniture for changing tabletop (17 by 33 inches)
- Add ½ inch wood trim around to hold changing pad
- Screw feet from dry sink to connect table top to dresser top
- Use two other spindles (full length) to support table top (see diagram)
- Prepare full length spindles for leg anchors
- Step four: Create lower shelf base for dresser/changing table (green)
- Cut piano wood from parents house to create base for bottom of spindles (40 x 16 plus additional counter length)
- Screw six spindles into wood base
- Screw antique casters beneath wood base
- Attach spindles to leg anchors into bottom of dresser
- Create extra support for structure (black)
- Cut wood V-support
- Attach wood v-support
A sketch to give a clearer idea.
Here’s hoping this crazy plan works out. If it does, per my friend’s request, I’ll do a wash in antique white chalk paint. Several of the drawer pulls are damaged, so they may need replacing. I have some ideas of tacking a lot of this work by myself. We’ll see. I’ve yet to wield the drill, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t try!