Armoire = Customized baby-changing station

Hello!  Today is an introduction to a great furniture-find story!  My friend (and neighbor) Brooke is expecting her first child.   Brooke has great decorating taste and she really wanted something different for the baby changing table.  There are hundreds of styles of these tables out there, but why buy an every day run-of-the-mill baby changing table when you can buy a grand armoire and have it customized into a baby-changing "station"? Well, that's exactly what Brooke asked herself.  And then she asked me if I could help her make it happen....

HOW IT HAPPENED

Brooke sent me a picture of a non-traditional baby changing station that was built using an armoire.  Here is that picture:

The photo above was found in Pinterest.  It was compiled with a collection of other photos by another blogger for a blogpost titled "20 of the Best Upcycled furniture Ideas. That article can be found at www.kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com  I was unable to locate the original source of this photo/work. 

The photo above was found in Pinterest.  It was compiled with a collection of other photos by another blogger for a blogpost titled "20 of the Best Upcycled furniture Ideas. That article can be found at www.kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com  I was unable to locate the original source of this photo/work. 

Brooke asked if I could do something like that for her.  Maybe you can guess how I responded?  "Why yes, I can make that!"  So, I got the green light from Brook to help her begin the search for an armoire with potential.  We both struck out for a week or two,  until the day I browsed a second-hand store on a whim.  I had time for a quick look, and that was the day I found "it".  In a matter of a few minutes, I had texted a picture of the piece to Brooke, and she responded back with "Let's go for it".  The stars were aligned and the piece was in my garage several hours later.  Brooke's husband Joe picked up the piece  (thank you Joe!) and brought it to my "shop", aka the Nienhuis garage.   Here is the armoire the day I received it: 

THE ARMOIRE ATTRACTION:  

So how did I know this piece was "the one" for this project?  There were several factors.  First, the dark wood color stood out.  I knew Brooke wanted the piece painted white, and distressed.  Having a darker wood finish to start with, makes this end goal achievable because when sanding a lighter paint, the dark wood underneath peeks through (aka "distressed"). Second, the piece is tall enough that it won't interfere with mama's head while she is changing baby and giving baby kisses on his/her baby legs (it may slightly interfere with dad's 6 foot 3 inch frame).  And third, the condition of the piece was good, which is important when doing a "customized" build-on to a piece.  

THE PLAN

Brooke requested a shelf above the changing area to store baby "things".  She also wants additional storage options with the capability to hang baskets from the backdrop of the piece. The piece is large enough and will offer plenty of storage.  The doors at the bottom of the piece will remain, and keep additional items stored out of sight.   The doors at the top of the piece will be removed so the changing area is easily accessible.  Shelves will be re-arranged for the baby changing area, and storage for easy and comfortable access to baby and baby necessities.   When you are up in the wee hours of the morning changing a diaper, the last thing you need is your head banging into something!  That is why shelves need to be re-located.  In the photo below the black lines indicate where the "new" shelves will be: 

As you see above, the original location of the top shelf is in no position for a baby changing table, as it would get in the way of mom and dad's head. That shelf will be raised, as shown with black line.  We will also build a shelf at a level that is comfortable for Brooke when changing the baby.  This is crucial, because Brooke will be changing ALOT of diapers!  And so will Joe, right Joe?   

THE PAINT

The entire piece will be painted in white, and then distressed.  I showed Brooke a few examples of white distressed armoires to get an idea of the distressing style she wants.  We are on the same page. I have no doubt that this piece will fit right in with their neutral and chic baby room! Updated hardware will complete the new piece!  

All the doors have been removed as you can see below: 

The piece is ready to be sanded, holes filled (from the hails that were removed), and shelving plan finalized.....soon to be installed.  Once that is complete, the painting and distressing (best part!) will follow!

And there you have it!  A great idea for a baby changing station, complete with tons of storage, and a customized look for the room Brooke envisions for their bundle on the way.  I am excited to see this piece evolve, and can hardly wait until it's in the baby room!  I'm sure Brook and Joe are even more excited than I am!!!! 

Sneak peeks to come.....stay tuned!