Repurposed Changing Table Cart ~ Trashure

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Do you know what time it is?? It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! The one day each month where my blogger friends and I put together some wonderful transformations for you. My project for the day is turning these pieces of trash (aka. trashure) into a repurposed changing table cart. woot!

Broken Changing Table Before | prodigalpieces.com

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it sure is a blessing when people get you. My parents are always telling me they saw something they thought I would like to work on. They’ve blessed the kids and I a million times over with gift of things they found. My dad own several rental properties and one of the not-so-fun duties is cleaning up after someone who has torn apart his hard work.

Here is the aftermath of one of those instances.

Pile of Trash, aka. Trashure | prodigalpieces.com

Thankfully, my dad saw fit to salvage what he could from that pile and brought me that broken down changing table to turn into something new. Let me show you how I made the sides into a repurposed changing table cart. Let’s get our build on!

First, I figured out the layout and headed to my second home, Home Depot. I picked out the hardware I would need and had them cut the ply for me because JC has enough on his plate and why not make use of this free service, right? Here’s my 4′ x 8′ panel cut into the pieces of shelves I requested.

Plywood Cut up for Cart | prodigalpieces.com

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To give them a farmhouse/industrial flair, I stained them with my Briarsmoke stain. I’ve used it before in other projects you can see HERE.

RustOleum Briarsmoke Stain for Cart | prodigalpieces.com

Because my plywood has an open grain to it, it takes the stain heavily. That’s okay with me because I want some dark features. Did you know that if you want your wood to really take stain deeply, you need to open the grain? If you sand your wood with a 120 grit or lower, it will leave it ready to accept the new color.

Staining Plywood with Briarsmoke Stain | prodigalpieces.com

Once the stain is dry, I sand it down with my sander to give it an aged appeal. Next up is the changing table sides. I removed all the old hardware and filled the holes with wood filler. Then, I sanded those down and made some changes. I cut off the top finials with my hacksaw and the bottom legs to get where I needed to be on dimensions. Now it’s time to paint. woot!

For the life of me I can not figure out why there are no dark gray spray paints available out there. I mean, am I weird or something?? So, much like how I use a zinc spray to create zinc patina, I chose this automotive primer for my finish.

Priming Changing Table with RustOleum | prodigalpieces.com

Two light coats, letting it cure between, and it’s ready to roll onto the next step.

To make side rails, I dug into my reclaimed wood stash from our kitchen remodel and grabbed some reclaimed oak. Mmm…good stuff I tell ya. Do you swoon over aged wood too? All sane people do, ya know. haha.

A few things need to be done to get the wood ready, so I call in some of my favorite tools. I cut it to length with my miter saw and then used my Kreg jig, to make pocket holes. Why pocket holes? It will allow me to make some awesome joints to all my pieces. This is exactly why my motto has been #toolsoverjewels since I was a teenager.

Using Kreg Jig to Make Pocket Hole Screws in Reclaimed Oak | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

You might remember my other changing table found curbside just a few weeks ago. I turned that one into a potting bench with reclaimed wood, but in a different style. See it in this post.

Now it’s time to assemble my repurposed changing table cart and show you what my weird brain envisioned. mwahahaha…

Here it is!

Repurposed Changing Table Cart use for most any room of the house by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I love the new look with its rustic, industrial farmhouse style. It has oodles of character and can be so handy in most any room of the house. I could see it in a bathroom with towels and toiletries, or used for plants, or even books…so many ideas!

Upcycled Drink Station using a Broken Baby Changing Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Repurposed Drink Station made from Pallets, Barn Wood, and a Changing Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It was fun to stage it as a beverage station along with my DIY mug rack. who does love a warm cuppa, right? You can find the cart, mug rack, and mugs available in my shop.

Shop Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

My favorite addition to the cart was not only the barn wood, but those casters. Boy…do I love casters. They sure make my life easier and add an element of fun.

DIY Cart Made Using a Baby Changing Table by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Farmhouse Style Cart made from Upcycled Materials by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I hope you had fun following me along on my junking adventures. Getting to build with found things is certainly a delight of mine. I love to make things that you can’t find in a big box store. Kinda like a piece of art, I think.

Farmhouse Style Reclaimed Barn Wood Cart and Changing Table Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Do pin and share this repurposed changing table cart to inspire others to give DIY a try. They just may have a broken down changing table that needs new life too.  Thank you!

A farmhouse industrial style cart made from reclaimed barn wood and a repurposed baby changing table. See the transformation at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Coming up next, I’m taking another cast-off from my dad’s rentals and giving it a whole new look (see below then head here to see the after). To be sure to get these DIY tips & tricks in your inbox, sign up for my newsletter. PLUS, you will get your FREE Furniture Buying Checklist and special discount to my shop.

Now, don’t forget to head below to see what my blogger friends have created for you too!

Side Table Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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30 Comments

  • Christina in FL

    Gorgeous transformation Larissa! I adore the casters also! Very rustic and chic. 🙂

    August 8, 2017 at 6:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks! Caster are a blessing in life. hahaha… 😀

      August 8, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Another fabulous recreation. Curbside finds are so much fun and challenging.

    August 8, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I think that’s the draw for me…the challenge. Thanks, Debra!

      August 8, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply
  • Paula

    What a great use for an old changing table! I could think of a use for this cart in nearly every room of my house.

    August 8, 2017 at 7:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I seriously wish I had a shop to use this in. Maybe one day! Thanks for the love, Paula. Keeping you in prayer.

      August 8, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply
  • Candy Walsh

    That came out great!!! I’ve been using a gorgeous gray spray paint lately from Rustoleum called Anodized Bronze. Not sure why it’s called Bronze because it is very much so gray! Try I think out next time you need gray spray paint, you’ll love it!
    I learned about it from Suzy @ Worthington Court’s blog, she has some amazing pieces of furniture done with this paint.

    August 8, 2017 at 8:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Candy! Yes, I saw that one and really wanted to avoid metallics – that’s mainly all I saw. I wanted a flat gray or at least an eggshell. Nothing except this primer. It really worked well! Love Suzy too!

      August 8, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
  • Denise

    Amazing fun makeover! My Kreg jig is still in its box. I need to pull that baby out and give it a try! Thanks for the inspiration Larissa. 🙂

    August 8, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Get on it, girl! You will be blown away…no kidding. Hugs!

      August 8, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
  • liz

    You are so clever! Next time you take a break, give us a heads up. I was worried about you. 🙂

    August 8, 2017 at 10:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Liz. I did give a heads up on social media and such. No worries!

      August 9, 2017 at 7:20 am Reply
      • liz

        ah, social media – I’m an oldster and haven’t embraced social media. Glad you are ok. 🙂

        August 9, 2017 at 10:25 am Reply
        • Larissa

          Good for you. I used to be the same, but alas, my business demands it. You aren’t missing out!

          August 10, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Marie

    Well aren’t you so clever, Larissa! Your Dad must be so proud of you. I bet he was blown away by what you did with that old trashed change table. Pinned and sharing

    August 8, 2017 at 1:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Marie! I don’t know if he’s seen it yet, but I told him what I was doing. What a guy, eh?

      August 9, 2017 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Diane Anderson-Edwards

    I had to laugh at your comment about Home Depot being your second home! My husband said, “You know you’re in trouble when all the workers/cashiers at Home Depot and Lowe’s know your wife’s name!”

    August 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, that is so true! 😀

      August 9, 2017 at 7:20 am Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    That’s awesome Larissa!!! Love it!

    August 8, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    What a cool upcycle, Larissa! Cleaning up after messy renters is never fun, but at least your dad was able to bring you some goodies.

    August 8, 2017 at 7:47 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You ain’t kiddin. I couldn’t do it, so I give my dad props. Thanks, Jen.

      August 9, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply
  • Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    You are so clever! What a great repurpose, and I love that your Dad not only salvaged that changing table for you, but he took a picture of it in the pile too! XOXO

    August 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      I know, right?! It runs in the genes…hahaha!

      August 9, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply
  • Mary

    I really like what you did here Larissa. The wood pieces in the front give it lots of rustic character.

    August 9, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Mary. Rebuilding it felt so good, and getting to use reclaimed wood is the icing on the cake. 😀

      August 10, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Amanda @Sincerely, Marie Designs

    This is such a cute idea! I don’t know that I could have let those pretty little spindles go to waste and who doesn’t need more kitchen storage!

    August 9, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      For real! haha… Thanks for the love, Amanda.

      August 10, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply
  • Jen @ Noting Grace

    This piece is so awesome! One of my favorite upcycles ever!

    August 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      How fantastic to hear, Jen. Thank you!

      August 10, 2017 at 6:34 am Reply

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