Repurposed Changing Table Potting Bench

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One thing I can’t resist is a good trashure find (ya know, one man’s trash is another woman’s treasure?). City clean-up was held recently and I mentioned how I was a good girl until I saw this haul. The next day was Sunday and on the way to church I spied something else face down on the ground. I was surprised no one wanted it, but I drove on to get to church. On my way home, however, I had no problem getting out in my good clothes and shoving it in my car. Meet my new project – a repurposed changing table.

Curbside Changing Table Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Since I was really puzzled why it hadn’t been picked up yet, I gave it a good look before I decided to claim it. All I saw was missing hardware and some cracks in the frame. But that didn’t phase me. (little does, right? hee hee hee) How could I? Just look at those spindles, and it’s already naturally distressed!

Vintage Changing Table Found Curbside | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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First order of business was to dig into my hardware stash and find some replacements. Thankfully, I had just what I needed, but had to cut them shorter with my Dremel. Next, I used my wood glue and clamps to repair the busted slats that held the sides together. Easy-peasy.

After that, I dug into my wood stash to find the bits and pieces to create a potting bench, Yep. I totally saw a potting bench when I picked this thing up.

Reclaimed Wood Stash for Repurposed Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Those tall oak boards have been in my stash for quite some time, since back when we built our kids our mud bar. This was from the part of the story when I was racing to beat the trash truck to get them in. It’s a good read over HERE. I have used them for various items, like my custom signs and such for my shop and this DIY coat rack. But today they are finding their ultimate purpose for my repurposed changing table turned potting bench.

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Before I get to the boards, first let me show you what I did to the changing table to beef it up for its new purpose. I used my miter saw to cut pieces to length, and then used my Kreg Jig to make pocket hole screws to attach those cross pieces. The top already has a support, so I just cut a few side supports for reinforcement. I predrilled the slats so I could attach the boards later.

Beefed Up Repurposed Changing Table for Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com


Okay, now back to those gorgeous oak boards. First order of business was to cut them to length. I used my miter saw, but I also wanted to show you how easy it can be with my little circular saw.

Cutting Reclaimed Wood with Ryobi Circular Saw | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I know not everyone has the bigger tools and this job can be done with fun ones like this one. This little gem whipped right through all the boards I cut and battery was still going strong. woot, woot!

Though I had the boards cut to length, they were kinda dirty, warped, and twisted, but nothing that our bench-top planer couldn’t handle. JC helped me run them through a few passes to get the job done quickly.

Planing Reclaimed Wood with DeWalt Bench Top Planer | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

After the planer it was time for me to hit them with my sander to finish them off. We’re almost there!

Last was to install the boards by attaching them with my drill from the bottom up. Then add a few coats of a matte poly to give them a nice topcoat. I love that stuff for a nice finish that doesn’t diminish the rustic look. You can see what other pieces I’ve used it on in these posts.

Ready to see it completed? Here is my repurposed changing table turned potting bench.

Upcycled Changing Table into Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Potting Shed with Repurposed Changing Table Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It looks perfect on my shed, don’t you think? The addition of the oak boards really made this thing solid and just perfect for getting ready for the gardening season. If I didn’t already have something like this I would keep it, so if you love it you can find it in my shop.

DIY Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Gardening is my therapy and I dive in each spring to not only my vegetable garden, but also love to tinker with my indoor plants. Succulents are by far one of my favorites all year long. How about you?

Planting seeds and succulents by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

It was a couple of years ago I made that seed sign from repurposed materials. I share all in this post. It’s fun to see how things come together. Can you guess the parts?

Rustic Garden Vignette with Repurposed Sign by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I even added some tool racks to the side to keep all those garden necessities handy. Gotta have a little bit of rusty nails to give it that time-worn feel. Want to make your own rusty square head nails? I have the tutorial HERE.

Tool Rack on Repurposed Potting Bench by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

So, next time you have a changing table that needs new life, I hope you’ll see it in a whole new light. There are so many uses for things like this, we just need to have vision.

Garden Shed with Upcyled Potting Bench made by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I invite you to pin and share this repurposed changing table to inspire others to get their DIY on and create. You never know when someone could use this idea, and you may need it too!

Don't toss your old changing table! Turn it into a repurposed potting bench. Details at Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

Later on this week I’ll be showing you what I did with this set of prints also found curbside. See…I told you I love me some trashure. tsk. {{wink, wink}}

Curbside Prints Before Makeover | Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

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18 Comments

  • Debrashoppeno5

    Nice redo and if the weather gets to it you won’t feel bad. It is a handy spot to get your hands dirty.

    May 2, 2017 at 6:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      These are so very handy for storage even in off season too. Thanks, Debra!

      May 2, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Cecilia

    I love how you repurpose trash and give it new life! This is no exception! Great repurpose. Love it.

    May 2, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You made me giggle, Cecilia. Thank you!

      May 2, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
  • Patty Soriano

    A super-do, Larissa. Love it !

    May 2, 2017 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Trish

    It looks fantastic Larissa..you really are quite brilliant!! Great transformation!👏👏🤗🇦🇺

    May 2, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Trish!

      May 4, 2017 at 7:15 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    What a perfect potting bench which everyone needs. Perfect re-do.

    May 2, 2017 at 9:42 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m with you. Garden therapy rocks!

      May 4, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Marie|The Interior Frugalista

    My thoughts immediately went to beverage cart but I LOVE your idea of repurposing it into this rustic potting bench! The natural oak shelves are perfect. Pinned

    May 2, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I leaned that way too for a bit, but since I just did my tea cart, I thought it would be fun to mix it up. This could be used for most anything, even a coffee station. 🙂 Thanks, girl!

      May 4, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply
  • Jolinda

    I forgot to add that I absolutely love when you show the tools you use and your opinion. I am on line to order the Roybi circular saw right now.
    Thanks as always for the tips.

    May 2, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It is my pleasure to share, Jolinda. Thank you!

      May 4, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Ann

    I think every piece that you do turns out amazing ,I always look forward to you next project. God Bless Ann

    May 2, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply
    • Larissa

      You just made my day, Ann. Thank you!

      May 4, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply
  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    Fabulous repurpose as always Larissa! Love this to bits!

    May 5, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Sam! I’m so eager to get in my garden. 🙂

      May 8, 2017 at 6:55 am Reply

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