Have you ever noticed how ugly things tend to collect junk? Its true. I submit the following for evidence:
It not that this changing table was ugly, but it didn't match the rest of Olivia's room and I knew I was going to paint it so. . . we just sort of threw everything on it. The only solution was to make it pretty so that the temptation for junk collection would be gone.
I started by sanding it just a little to rough it up. In the past, I've been way too uptight about this step. I wouldn't prime it until it was really really sanded and it took forever. Not this time. I spent maybe ten minutes scuffing it up and then wiped all the dust off. Oh, I also removed the drawer and the hardware. I decided to keep the drawer off, I liked the look better without it and it wasn't the smoothest gliding drawer.
I used painters tape to cover the hardware. I used a little exacto knife to cut the extra tape off. Here's a tip: Make sure your blade is sharp of this will be the most frustrating step of the project.
And I also covered the wheel. Next time I would wrap them in plastic bags and tape them down. The wheels got some paint on them. No biggie, really.
Primed, painted and drying:
And then it sat in Olivia's room (after sitting in the hallway for a week. Spray paint fumes don't go down without a fight!!) and started collecting junk again! Oh no! So I knew I had to get some storage and soon. My mom and I searched a few places and then we went to IKEA to get some simple brown baskets. I was going to get four of them. I liked them, but they just seemed too boring. And then, wah lah! IKEA also had these blue pails that matched Olivia's bedding almost exactly! So I got two of each.
I'm still trying how to arrange them. I did one on each shelf, kitty corner.
Now, we don't actually change Olivia on this changing table. Someday I'll get the changing pad I want from Oilo, but lets be honest, it will probably for another baby by the time I get around to it! So in the mean time, I set it up with one of my Oilo pillows and a duck Olivia got from her great-grandpa in the hospital.
So the room obviously needs some art work now. . . but what do you think?