This past weekend my husband and I went to IKEA in search of a small storage shelf. I needed a space to hold the items that I would drop off when I came home (such as my keys and diaper bag). Our house lacks a mudroom or even an entry space so my diaper bag inevitably ended up taking a seat on our dining chair (our garage is connected to our informal dining room). My keys would end up on the dining table or in some other place I happen to leave it - which I would end up forgetting the next day. It was time to find a more permanent home to help lessen my frustration everyday.
We considered getting a small Expedit shelf but the shelves weren't deep enough for my rather wide diaper bag. Then we saw a sofa table that would've worked a little better but we weren't fond of its $200 price tag.
We were ready to give up and head home when we came across the perfect storage solution in the children’s section. Long story short... we ended up coming home with the Sniglar's changing table for $30. My husband actually was the one who saw this and noticed that the two deep layers would work well. At first I thought he was joking and didn’t take it seriously. However, the more I looked at it the more I liked the simplicity of it. The deep layers would definitely work and plus it would be a great DIY challenge! With some paint, cute shelf-liners, fabric storage containers, a shelf, and a few pieces of wood, I ended up transforming the changing table into a small workspace for our bedroom (complete with a spot for my diaper bag and keys)!
I then sanded down the wood to get a smooth clean surface.
I didn't have any primer on hand and so I had to skip this step. (For all you professional painters out there... pretend you didn't read that!)
I actually bought an alkyd (oil-based) paint by mistake and didn't realize it until I was halfway through painting. (A strong indication that I'm a complete novice in the painting department o.O) I found the paint to be a lot more sticky and streaky; it also took a whole day to dry. The worst part was the horrible stench it left - I'm convinced that my body's fully saturated with VOC by this point. Sigh. :(
Anyways! After the Sniglar was painted, I laid on a cute shelf-liner that I found at Marshall's months ago. At the time I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it - it was just too cute to pass up! Don't you agree?! ;)
To turn the top layer into a tabletop, I added an elevated surface that would be level with the edge around the changing table. I found an old shelf that my husband removed from our garage, took off the frames and laid the shelf-liner on top to match with the table.
To raise the surface high enough to lay level with the edge, I used two pieces of wood left over from my headboard project and wrapped them in a nonskid shelf-liner that I already had. I secured the liner onto the wood with a staple gun.
There was no need to permanently attach the two pieces of wood to the shelf because the weight of the shelf and the nonskid liner were enough to keep the shelf from shifting.
I added some fabric containers on the lower level that I already had and cut out the shelf-liner for the labels.
The gap in the back held my small IKEA lamp and other accessories very nicely.
Here's how it looks from the side. I think the elevated surface makes it extra cool! ;) I will be keeping my keys in that spot next to the lamp - still need to find a cute shallow container for them! ;)
When I finally brought in my chair to sit down, I noticed that the tabletop was slightly higher than normal. I thought about getting the legs cut shorter eventually or maybe just getting a higher chair. Or... maybe just leaving it so it wouldn't encourage me to stay up too late at nights ;) The size of my chair wasn't exactly appropriate either... a stool may work better. But for now I am super happy with the transformation. What do you all think? :)
Also I wanted to thank Lindsay @ Southern Lovely for featuring my headboard project yesterday! Her blog is full of so many cute ideas so make sure to check it out!
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