I’ve got the cutest before and after changing table to share with you! Two days after Christmas a friend in my neighborhood called me to tell me there was a huge mirror in her neighbors trash, did I want to come and get it?
So I hopped in my car and raced to the back of the neighborhood. I picked the mirror and was headed home when I saw this changing table on the side of the road. At first glance the drawer was in pieces. The plan was to just remove the drawer and paint the changing table.
However, once I looked at it, I realized that all it needed was a few screws tightened and a little glue and this changing table was super sturdy.
My first thought was to make it into a bar cart. As I was loading it with all of the bar nick nack paddy crap I knew it was way to big for a bar cart. Dang! What to do with it now?
Then I was talking to my sweet niece who is expecting in April. They were moving into a new house, moving their three year old into a big boy room and using the existing nursery bedding and furniture for the new baby. This neat dresser was what they had been using as a changing table, only problem was that it was a little too low. ( Sorry about the picture quality. She sent these from her phone to mine. Not exactly Kodak moment photography! lol!) I knew that she really needed my trash to treasure changing table.
My nieces style is traditional with a warm forty’s color scheme and some antiques thrown into the mix. Above, you can see some of the bedding and the rug. We decided that the orange in the rug would be the perfect color for the changing table. I KNOW! I am not an orange kind of gal, but this room just screams for it.
A few coats of paint…
A little sanding to make it look a little worn and old, followed by a satin top coat…
And this is the finished piece!
I had a few extra knobs from Anthropologie, so I added one to the drawer.
I love colored glass! I love fun drawer knobs! Plus, this green knob will perfectly match the green changing pad that is already in the nursery. I’m still on the fence about it though. My first thought was to add a white milk glass knob. What’s a girl to do? I’m going to let the mom- to- be decide.
Not bad for a few days work. I can’t wait to get it into the nursery and see how it looks. This before and after changing table will hopefully be a sweet addition to the nursery!
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A super sweet client of mine gave me the honor of painting her husbands childhood rocking chair. No pressure right? AND Her daughter wanted to use it in her daughters first year pictures. YIKES! This painted rocking chair had to be special….
Did I mention that I live in manland? OK.. only a billion times. Seriously, my work was cut out for me! OH… and please forgive the photography! Rainy days make for dark pictures…sigh!
Although I was raised with all sisters, it has been a very long time since I have thought about little girl decor. Luckily my client knew exactly how she wanted this chair painted. YES!
She had recently had me paint some wooden valances to match the bedding in a room she decorated for her granddaughters. Thank you Pottery Barn! So the chair needed to match the valances. Feeling much better about it.
I think it turned out pretty cute! I can just see tea parties, dress up days, and wild adventures with this chair!
One other thing that made this chair so special for me? It was my first piece that I have ever used a paint sprayer on! Crazy right? I was always such a chicken to use one, but I am a convert for sure!! As you are reading this I am frantically searching my pile of projects for my next spray painting adventure!
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I am the mother of two adult boys, so I guess you could say I have a soft spot for little boys. I love all the things that go with little boys. The toys, the mess, the pets, the hugs – I even miss the crazy science experiments that I used to find in the refrigerator freezer. ( think swamp monster action figure frozen in red and green water in a cup OR whatever bug they wanted to preserve for another day.) I never knew what I was going to find. Crazy, I know.
When my friend Siana gave me a couple of old end tables I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them, so I put them in the to do pile in the castle’s shop and went on to other projects. And then I saw an end table on Pinterest, much like those she gave me, made into a children’s play table and I knew that one of those old end tables needed to be made into a Lego table.
The tables were made of solid wood and in great shape structurally, but the finish needed to be redone. One problem was that there were leather inserts that needed help but that was way out of my experience level. So painting them was okay with me.
The Hubs is sidelined for awhile due to injury, so I asked my oldest if he would like to collaborate with me on this one. He took the bin I wanted to put in the top and made a template of the hole he needed to cut into the top of the table.
Using the template he drew where he wanted to cut on the top of the table.
Then using a hole saw he drilled a hole in all four corners.
After that it was just a matter of dropping in the bin on the top and attaching the Lego plate. This plate was 10″ X 10″. I really wanted to use the 15″ X 15″ plates however, the leather insert area is slightly raised in the middle, so that larger plate didn’t fit flush.
Here is the finished Lego table complete with Legos that I dragged out of storage. ( yeah, I’m the mom who is still storing all of the little boy toys! Some day they will come and pick them up, right?) Even with the 10″ X 10″ plate there is plenty of room to build!
The bin is perfect for Lego storage. I think that the easy access may make putting them away a breeze for little ones. Better stored here than food for the vacuum cleaner, right?
I loved working on this project, it’s fun and useful. But I really loved working on this project with my son! Brings back so many wonderful memories…even the crazy ones.
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We share in our family. Pass things down. Recently, my seester-in-law Judy gave my seester-in-law Stephanie her daughter’s old dresser and desk for her girls bedroom. Have I lost you yet? Of course, I couldn’t be left out and volunteered to paint them to match my niece’s room. I have to say that this was one of my very favorite desk and dresser makeovers.
This is what we started with – the dresser…
and the desk. Both had great bones and were in good shape, but my nieces,the cute Miss C and the marvelous Miss M had visions of something different.
First thing first… a good cleaning to prep for the paint and the removal of billion drawer pulls! Seriously, not a billion, but DANG, there were a lot! The top of the pieces were very “slick” so I gave them a coat of Kilz to help the paint adhere.
And remember all of those drawer pulls? Well, I am not totally positive, but I think Miss C gave a great big wrinkled nose, eye roll to them ( I know I would have!) and decided they wanted something a little more “her”. So we patched all of the holes with wood putty and once they dried gave them all a good sanding.
Then I gave them three coats of white paint. As you can see , you can’t even tell where the original holes for the drawer pulls were. Yep, working in my dining room as we are still having torrential rain here!
Now we could have added some drawer pulls and it would all have been good, but we wanted to add a bit of fun!
This is the girl’s bedding… muy bueno! Love those colors.
texting a lot talking to the girls and their mother we came up with a plan. I painted the sides of the drawers. ( remember I told you I am so lovin’ painting the sides of drawers lately) Each a different from it’s neighbor, orange – Go OSU!, deep turquoise, hot pink, and sagey, olive green.
Then I painted, stenciled and stamped the drawer sides with different patterns to mimic the elements in the girl’s room. These are the dresser drawers…
And these are the desk drawers…
Here you can see them put together. So. Darn. Fun! My part was done and it was time to deliver and load in the room.
The girls chose their own pulls and knobs, bringing this dresser and desk makeover to a close. I love how they chose different ones – in different colors – giving it a cool, young, eclectic vibe.
I am sure if you asked Seester-in-law Stephanie what her favorite part of the dresser and desk makeover was, it would be that the girls have lots of new storage, but for me the best part was when Miss C saw the dresser and desk makeover and she said “Aunt Tammy did not disappoint!” Awwww…. it just doesn’t get better than making those sweet thangs happy!
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Nothing like being iced in for days to get it in gear and finish up projects that you have had forever. I decided instead of light therapy I needed to let out my creative side and “let it go, let it go…” Yeah, I went there!
I have had this table awhile… a friend gave it to me many years ago so that when my now 13 year old nieces came over they would have something to play with. Well, the castle is getting full and the nieces have grown up so this little table needed a new identity and a new home.
This is the BEFORE… SO in need of a facelift!
Here is the after…. black and gold with white and a little pink…
The apron is a black and white stripe with a little gold pin stripe…
I love how this black and gold kids table turned out! Y’all know that I live in manland. This table made me want to run out and purchase a girly tea set, put my tiara and hot pink boa on and have me a tea party!
Unfortunately, I have to part with all this sweetness. If you have a Princess that would love this table, check out my SHOP page for more info.
Until next time…