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!
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.
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. Finally, 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, the home improvement store. 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.
First, 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.
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. Also, 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.
Next, once the stain is dry, I sand it down with my sander to give it an aged appeal. Now, it’s time for 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 cannot 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.
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.
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!
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!
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 onilne shop.
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.
Finally, 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.
In addition, 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.
Likewise, 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.
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Christina in FL says
Gorgeous transformation Larissa! I adore the casters also! Very rustic and chic. 🙂
Thanks! Caster are a blessing in life. hahaha… 😀
Another fabulous recreation. Curbside finds are so much fun and challenging.
I think that’s the draw for me…the challenge. Thanks, Debra!
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.
I seriously wish I had a shop to use this in. Maybe one day! Thanks for the love, Paula. Keeping you in prayer.
Candy Walsh says
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.
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!
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. 🙂
Get on it, girl! You will be blown away…no kidding. Hugs!
You are so clever! Next time you take a break, give us a heads up. I was worried about you. 🙂
Thanks, Liz. I did give a heads up on social media and such. No worries!
ah, social media – I’m an oldster and haven’t embraced social media. Glad you are ok. 🙂
Good for you. I used to be the same, but alas, my business demands it. You aren’t missing out!
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
Thanks, Marie! I don’t know if he’s seen it yet, but I told him what I was doing. What a guy, eh?
Diane Anderson-Edwards says
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!”
Yes, that is so true! 😀
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
That’s awesome Larissa!!! Love it!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
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.
You ain’t kiddin. I couldn’t do it, so I give my dad props. Thanks, Jen.
[email protected] of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
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
I know, right?! It runs in the genes…hahaha!
I really like what you did here Larissa. The wood pieces in the front give it lots of rustic character.
Thanks, Mary. Rebuilding it felt so good, and getting to use reclaimed wood is the icing on the cake. 😀
Amanda @Sincerely, Marie Designs says
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!
For real! haha… Thanks for the love, Amanda.
Jen @ Noting Grace says
This piece is so awesome! One of my favorite upcycles ever!
How fantastic to hear, Jen. Thank you!