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Upcycle: Baby Changing Table to Desk

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!

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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.
If you’re interested, here is a link to my jigsaw through my Amazon Associates account:

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!)

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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.
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 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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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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5 Responses to Upcycle: Baby Changing Table to Desk

  1. Anonymous July 31, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

    I have that exact garbage can except with Canadian Universities, it was my Dads when he was in school in the late 50’s. Great idea for a desk:) Shelley:)

  2. Anonymous September 9, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    This is genius! I am really impressed :)

  3. n...n September 14, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    I saw your post after a picture of your desk was displayed at My Repurposed Life.

    This is a great re-use and even cooler knowing you pulled the parts of an incomplete piece out from going to the trash. I’ve got some baby furniture I figured I’d end up selling at a garage sale or something and because of posts like yours and the ones at MRL I can see there are much better uses!

  4. Beth@Under A Pile of Scrap! January 16, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    This is really clever and looks wonderful!


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