Thursday, January 10, 2013

Changing Table to Buffet


You’re probably thinking “what is she thinking?” It does seem a little weird different to be thinking of transforming a baby changing table into a buffet… but it is possible! My sister used this changing table for all three of her daughters. Of course they are now all grown up and far removed from the days of diapers so this changing table hasn’t been used for a number of years.


The other day I was with my sister in her storage and of course my eagle eyes spotted this table. After a bit of begging convincing a few minutes later we were lugging it downstairs. I vividly recall the look of doubt in sis’s eyes.Smile

A few days later I wheeled it out (we live along the same driveway) with the utility cart looking like this…



My sister was impressed. ( I was a tad disappointed because I made her promise beforehand that if she didn’t like it, she would say so and she agreed if it’s not her taste, I could have it, but oh well..Sad smile) No, really, I was glad she wanted it.. it fit in great against her one wall.

It was all very easy to do. First of all, it was the right color so I didn’t even have to paint it. I proceeded to paint numbers on the drawers. (my latest obsession)




I’m out of black carbon paper so I used yellow which showed up pretty good. I then painted the numbers with a black paint marker.




I added the little squiggles. After painting the numbers, I sanded the cabinet to distress it. It looked like it was dark brown at one time because that’s what came through. After sanding, I rubbed it with a dark walnut colored stain. I wish I had taken a picture of this step but I neglected to do so. I ended up sanding some more after staining. It gave it an almost dirty, old look. I still had some vintage looking glass knobs that I thought would add a nice touch…



I had some drawer liner on hand that fit in perfectly for a backing in the right section. I still want to line the drawers with it too. It was self adhesive and very easy to put on.


After that it was ready for delivery! I now wish I would have knocked out the pipe holders in the open section. I think they are too noticeable.





I’m not sure what my sister will store in the open section. We talked about folded quilts and throws. A tall basket or container would look good too, I think.

I hope you enjoyed this and are possibly motivated to redo some of your unwanted, discarded furniture sitting in your storages.Smile

Following is a sneak preview of one of the next projects I want to post.


One of my favorite types of furniture to redo. This is an old hutch handed down a few generations. I think you will hardly recognize it when you see the after photos! Until next time…have a good week!


  1. Wow! You are so talented. Repurposing furniture was never my thing but you inspire me to try.
    I have an old dresser in the basement I would like to do (or I should say try to do) if I ever have time.

  2. Mary, love the transformation! So cute. Can't wait to see what you do with the hutch. Dee from My Painted Stuff

  3. In most home here in the south storage rooms are no where, unless you pay to keep your stuff in a climate controlled place. Love your great "God given" gift of redoing things....