Sometimes I look back longingly at the second trimester…you know, when I had absurd energy levels and felt like I could run a few marathons? Yeah, those were the good old days. Anyway, back in the second trimester, I was on the lookout for a dresser that I could convert into a changing table. Saving money and the desire for a unique project directed my path on this adventure!

I’m part of an online garage sale Facebook group for my area and people are constantly posting random items for sale. It’s convenient because you don’t have to go through the hassle of obtaining a permit, not to mention the actual day(s) when you have to wake up at the crack of dawn and deal with strangers all day! In these Facebook groups, you just snap a picture, decide on a price, and wait for the comments to (hopefully!) start rolling in. It’s quite addicting, really.

Sometimes I think I’m being very responsible and organized and only getting rid of unnecessary items, but when I add in the stuff I’ve purchased, it probably evens out. Better than only buying, though, right?!


I found this dresser for only $50! It was in great shape and just needed some TLC. The process was relatively painless, too. Want to make one yourself? You’ll need a good sanding block, Zinsser Primer (white pigmented water-based), and any water-based paint in an eggshell finish. You can also use a sealer like Polycrylic if you choose, however, I was happy with the eggshell finish. It’s up to you!

I spent about 30 minutes roughly sanding all the drawers and the dresser. I then wiped it clean and primed it thoroughly. Priming the dresser is the KEY to this project – don’t skimp on it! The following day, I painted two coats with a nice angled brush. If your finished product ends up showing any brushstrokes, you can always sand it to a smooth finish.

The final piece to this project is changing the hardware. I had two Home Depot gift cards burning a hole in my pocket, so I figured it was time to put them to good use. It ended up being a fun project, and although it was a bit of work, the end result was totally worth it! I am ridiculously proud of my handiwork and I’m sure you will be too!