Changing table before & after

Adam's parents gave us a dresser to use as a changing table in our nursery and we picked it up from their house on Saturday. When we got it, it looked like this:

It's the same one Adam used growing up and had been sitting in his parents' garage since they downsized homes several years ago. The top got a little moldy in storage, so I cleaned it with warm soapy water (as per Health Canada's instructions) before lightly sanding the entire thing and applying a coat of Zinsser's odorless oil-based stain blocker primer (leftover from this project).

After the primer was dry, I applied two coats of Sico's furniture and cabinet paint, which I had tinted to match Pittsburgh's Aloe Vera for a different dresser makeover last year. The large wooden knobs were transformed with several light coats of Rustoleum's oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint.

Not bad for $0 and a day's work, right? I love the subtle metallic sheen of the dark hardware against the dresser's new minty-green colour.

Our changing pad fits perfectly on top and I've got plans to fill up that empty wall. Maybe with the Animals Alphabet I bought awhile ago? Here's what's left on our to do list for the nursery:
  1. Patch hole in closet floor
  2. Install new flooring
  3. Install and paint baseboard and quarter round
  4. Replace outlet, install dimmer switch
  5. Fill nail holes in walls, touch up wall and trim paint
  6. Stain and install new door
  7. Paint closet
  8. Install closet organization system
  9. Paint crib
  10. Paint new dresser and replace hardware
  11. Buy rocker
  12. Install wall shelves
  13. Lenthen existing curtains or sew/buy new ones
  14. Hang art
  15. Buy toy storage
Just a few things left to do!


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