A few weeks ago we picked up this incomplete baby changing table from a trash pile. It came wrapped in yellow packing tape so at the moment I grabbed it, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. My guess was a cradle. Wrong. When I laid it out, I concluded it was most of a baby changing table.
From the view to the left, I tossed around a few ideas: a tree swing, a bench and a desk.
I went with the desk because I don’t have a good tree swing worthy branch and I don’t need another bench.
If you’ll notice, there are only 2 support beams, and two shelf pieces, therefore I couldn’t just reconstruct this as a baby changing table. I love challenges like this!
|This is what it looked like glued together – needs reinforcing hardware|
How to upcycle a baby changing table into a desk:
1. I used wood glue to assemble it since it didn’t come with the original screws. The wood glue worked great since it has a tongue and groove construction.
2. Since I needed an open front on one side for a desk chair, I used a jigsaw to convert the second shelf into an open storage unit.
For Mother’s Day I received a jigsaw. This tool has single-handedly openedup so many upcycling possibilities for me. The jigsaw I use is a Skil 4.5 amp. It was the low end model but it has worked great for all my projects.
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3. I used small L-brackets to create the corner in the shelf and to attach the right, vertical piece to the underside of the desktop. These L-brackets were repurposed from a crib I also garbage picked (pretty handy!)
|I attached the corner bracket on the outside and the top bracket on the inside of the cubbie.|
|This is what the changing table would have looked like in its glory.|
|Changing table repurposed into a desk|
What do you have in your house that could be converted into something more useful or needed in your life? Would that project require a jigsaw? The Skil jigsaw I use can be found on Amazon for less than $30.Skil 4290-02 4.5-Amp Variable Speed Jig Saw Seriously, my jigsaw is as much a go-to part of my toolbox as my scissors and t-square!
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