Our diaper changing table was a very useful piece of furniture while it served it’s purpose. Once my daughter outgrew it however, I wondered how I would reuse it. For a while it took up space in the craft room as I contemplated what to do with it. It just so happened that I was looking for additional storage in our kitchen and I thought that the changing table could easily double as an extra set of shelves.
The family and I took a trip to Joann Fabric and I purchased a colorful floral fabric for the project. Since I had quite a bit of area to cover I purchased 1 1/2 yards of material. I decided to leave the areas free of material in its original dark wood color, or if desired it can be painted the color of choice. Just be sure and use a primer first especially if it is dark wood.
I cleaned the piece thoroughly before getting started. Once dry I used a small foam roller to apply Mod Podge generously to the table surfaces.
I cut the material with scissors allowing some extra fabric to hang over the sides. I then carefully laid it on top of the Mod Podge smoothing out any air bubbles or wrinkles. I generously applied Mod Podge over top of the fabric. I repeated this for each individual shelf, and used two coats of Mod Podge for each shelf.
Once the Mod Podge was dry and clear, I used a box cutter knife to carefully trim away any excess fabric from around the edges. I utilized the table groove as a guide while slicing the fabric. I then used two coats of clear polyurethane to seal and protect the table from moisture.
Now I have a bright and cheery shelf for the kitchen and desperately needed additional storage. The colorful fabric really pops against our bright yellow walls, and am happy to be able to continue to use what was once a very important and sentimental piece of furniture.
Old Wooden Changing Table
Box Cutter Knife
1 1/2 yard of Fabric of Choice
(Primer and Paint Optional)
Polyurethane clear sealer