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Change It Up With the Changer

If you are looking for a place in the nursery to break out of the standard mold and do something a little different why not start with the changing table? It’s easy to find the standard looking chunky changing table but maybe think outside of the box, literally? Since you can add a changing topper to any dresser, which will instantly convert it for changing duty the choices are much broader. So get funky and find an old antique or vintage dresser you can re-do. Or find a new piece at a non-nursery furniture store you can convert for the nursery.

I love a little glam in the nursery. Both the Hollywood Regency Changer from Petit Tresor and the Concerto Dresser from Z Gallerie embrace that style. I also love a great DIY re-do that gets the look for less. Anyone up for trying to re-create this amazing Savannah changing table by The New Traditionalists? An old dresser with good bones, cool new hardware and a can of hot pink lacquer paint and you’re in business.  This dresser from my favorite “I found it on Craigslist” section of Sunset Magazine also inspires some DIY magic.

Want more on the changing table? Follow us on Open Sky. This month we are focusing on you guessed it, the changing table plus all the much needed accessories to go along with it!

About the author
Pam lives in the heart of San Francisco, CA and is a multi-tasking mom to three tots: Gigi (8), Gray (6) and Sloane (3). She co-founded Project Nursery to share her love of design and great finds.
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  • Lauren

    What toppers do you recommend? I am looking for a topper for the Ikea Hemnes dresser. I know a lot of Mommies on here use that dresser.

    Thanks!
    Lauren

  • http://www.lovepaperandink.com Naushin

    I got the Summer Infant Nursery Essentials Kit from Babies ‘R Us. Its got all the pieces for the top of the crib- from changing pad to waterproof covers etc. and even a couple of pieces for the crib. Its $80 and very good value! I have the Ikea Hemnes dresser too and that’s what we’ll be using on top.

  • http://www.urbanwarriormoms.blogspot.com Berna

    I got a changing table with shelves and wished I had gotten a dresser instead. Does anyone have advice on what to do with a changing table w/ shelves. (ie Graco Lauren Changing Table)? All I have done is buy martha stewart organizing cubes, but I was wondering if there was a more aesthetic way to hid things besides baskets and cubes.

  • http://projectnursery.com Pamela

    Lots of companies are making simple toppers that can take any dresser and make it a changing table. Land of Nod has a very simple wood topper that comes in five finishes. For a more modern look try Nurseryworks or Spot On Square. They can be called Changing Trays which is helpful if you are searching online. best of luck!

  • http://www.thetastefulllife.blogspot.com Tiffany

    I recently bought an antique dry sink to use as a changing table. I thought it would be a neat way to recycle a piece of furniture and at $70 it was a lot cheaper than the $250 one I’d been eyeing. I’ll have to post pictures in the gallery once I refinish it!

  • Bing

    I so love that Craigslist find. I think that you could really get some really attractive pieces on Craigslist and all you have to do is to update it with a little paint here and there and some finishing touches.

  • Lorelai

    Thank you for this feature. I am currently looking for a changing table for my nursery you have really made me think twice about how am going about it. I agree that looking for a changing table in non-furniture stores might be a good idea. It’s certainly one that I haven’t thought about!

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