How to Organize a Nursery and Repurpose Old Furniture

Preparing for a new baby is a daunting task. There are just so many things to consider and think about, not to mention costs start to add up very quickly. I thought it would be fun (and maybe helpful) to talk about how to organize a nursery and repurpose old furniture all at the same time! We are teaming up with Munchkin Canada to help us out with our new-to-us changing and diapering station!

I’m sure most households have at least one or two pieces that can be easily converted into nursery furniture, which can save hundreds of dollars when planning for Baby. Search your house. Check the garage. I bet you’ve got something you can repurpose!  We are converting a standard Ikea bookshelf into our change table.

DIY Nursery Storage Shelf and Organization

Munchkin is a favourite among parents on both sides of the border for all sorts of baby and toddler stuff – and I know I still have NO IDEA what life with a baby will be like, but I have a feeling all of these products will come in very handy. I’m especially fond of the Sound and Light Machine… *coughs* I may or may not be using it for myself right now … 😉 and this super adorable, I can’t even, owl shaped night light lantern.

Here is our shelf before we touched it. It’s a basic Ikea shelf we’ve had for years.

Change Table BEFORE

First, I needed to make sure everything fit. So I placed this Secure Grip  Changing Pad and this Diaper Duty Organizer on top and a lamp to the left. There’s a spot on top of the caddy for a Mist Wipe Warmer too. I’m sure Froggy will appreciate having his/her bum cleaned with a warm wipe 😉Setting up the new Change Table

CHECK! Everything fit beautifully on top. Being a brand new Mom, I didn’t even realize we would have to strap the change pad down (duh!) I was pleased the straps on the change pad easily slipped into the shelf and clipped in without creating bulk, and more importantly, the change pad didn’t slip around at all.

Now to spruce it all up! We aren’t finding out the gender of the baby, so I’m decorating the room using tones of white, aquas, greys and metallics, with pops of wood tone here and there.

Off to The Home Depot to pick up six 8-foot lengths of pine 1x6s. The shelf is 59″ long and 31″ high, but we bought 8-foot boards. We cut them down using our  Mitre Saw and sanded them completely smooth. (Nobody wants a butt splinter!!)

Here are the cuts we made…err…I made:

  • six 60 3/8″ lengths
  • six 31″ lengthsCutting down boards to clad change table

We stained the boards using Minwax Stain Wipes in Natural Oak. Guys – I LOVE these stain wipes (definitely NOT to be confused with bum wipes 😉 hehe) The clean-up is a breeze and you don’t need all those harsh mineral spirits, so it’s preggo friendly.  Once dry, we placed the boards along the shelf, making sure to line them up. Lay the Boards on the shelf Make sure the boards line up on all sides

We did the long sides first and then the short sides, allowing the longer sides to hang over the exact width of the shorter sides so it was all flush. Secure with a nail gun! Make sure it’s set so the nails sink right into the wood instead of sitting on top.Use a nail gun to secure the boards to the change table

Voila! Whoa. It’s starting to feel real 🙂 Also, Dan made me pose for this picture. LOLChange Table Project Complete!

Stocking this shelf with the supplies and products we have collected so far was even more fun (and emotional) than I thought it would be.Change Table and Storage Hutch with Munchkin Canada

We filled the Diaper Organizer with teeny diapers, some bum cream, extra change pad protective covers (I’ve heard there will be explosive poops?!?), and a roll of dirty diaper garbage bags. These actually came with the Diaper Organizer. I joked because they look like the same kind of bags we use for Buddy poop. Goodness, I hope our baby doesn’t poop as big as our Rottweiler 😉Organize diapering supplies

We’ve also got the diaper pail all ready to go – it’s The Step™ – Premium Diaper Pail and it works with the Puck™ Diaper Pail Baking Soda Cartridges and scented garbage bags as well. It will tuck away into the corner once the room is complete. We anticipate we will both like that it’s foot-pedal operated for when Baby is squirmy…How to cover an Ikea bookshelf with Wood

The change table is finished off with a combination of fabric bins and shallow wooden crates (that’ll be a little project I’ll show you later!) And some DIY wall art…which saved me a bundle and will also be on the blog soon. (Although, I still have my eye on these bear prints from Minted. Maybe for a play area in the family room?)How to repurpose old furniture for a nursery

Directly beside the changing station is an old dining hutch that I’ve repurposed yet again. We bought it for $100 on Kijiji five years ago! It’s been in our dining room, my studio, my upstairs office and now the nursery. I clad the back in the same checkered paper as our little bookshelf to carry that theme through the room. Up cycle an old dining hutch for the nurseryWall Paper the back of an old dining hutchSo there you go! How to organize a nursery and repurpose old furniture 🙂 Our crib and a few other items for the opposite wall have just arrived in the mail. So we’ll be getting to work on the rest of the room very soon. Numbered Storage Bins in the Nursery

Three months to go until Froggy… Huge thanks to Munchkin Canada for helping us to navigate these first projects as new parents!

-E

xoxo

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20 thoughts on “How to Organize a Nursery and Repurpose Old Furniture

  1. I LOVE this nursery! It’s absolutely perfect. What a lucky bubs to come home to this masterpiece! That Diaper Organizer is genius!

  2. I love, love, love your nursery. The colour scheme is so bright, beautiful and calming. I love the products you have as well. Little froggie will def appreciate the warm wipes and you will appreciate the white noise on fussy baby days. Diaper pail…a must. Man those kids can produce some smelly stuff (and often).
    This is such an exciting time and you will love sitting in the nursery looking at your beautiful baby and all of the calmness in the room.
    I SO need you in my house for tips!

  3. Erin, the nursery looks fantastic. I adore the change table. What a beautiful piece it turned into with the addition of the wood. Also, I’m in love with that wipe organizer! The colour scheme you’ve chosen is dreamy and I adore the use of wallpaper on the hutch and bookshelf – what an easy way to dress up those pieces!

  4. What a beautiful nursery. I love the added pine on the shelving and how much storage space you have. Very functional and stylish.

  5. Beautiful! Such a clever way to create a custom change table! It can be hard to find a nice change table that doesn’t cost a fortune. My sister-in-law gave me that same Munchkin Sound and Light Machine for my youngest and we love it. At almost three years old he still turns it on every night and recently has started choosing to sleep to Mozart 🙂 We’ll be taking it on our trip to the US this year for happy vacation sleeping 🙂

  6. This nursery is the perfect combination of serenity and warmth. I love it so much! Great job on the changing table. What a lucky little one to have such a great room to spend time in. Can’t wait to see the crib!

  7. Wow Erin!! That nursery is incredible! I think you brought diaper changing to a whole new level:) Spending quiet time with Froggy in the nursery will be your reward for all you hard work. Enjoy!! xo

  8. Erin I love what you’ve done!! So great to repurpose that bookshelf. I loved the Munchkin changing pad for my kids, so I know you will like it, too! I also appreciated their diaper pail deodorizers. Ooooh-wee!

  9. Girl this is amazing! I love the end product 🙂 we’ve repurposed IKEA before but never like this! Love it! P.s can’t wait to see baby 🙂

  10. Love it! I am still not finished my little ones nursery, and what is done…isnt very organized! Stealing some of your tips!

  11. Wow, I love how organized and pretty everything looks. Ours was quite haphazard to begin with since we were in between homes when we our son came along. Would’ve been so much better to be as prepared as you are. Oh well, live and learn!!

  12. So cute! A friend of mine did something similar in her nursery for her little man born last year. Love the white on wood and all the accessories! All the best on your new adventure!

  13. Congratulations on the tadpole! Love the nursery! Love your style!
    I just wanted to pass on a helpful tip:

    Keep the wipe warmer for yourself for a few weeks after the baby is born. Trust me when I say you will appreciate anything that provides even the tiniest bit of comfort to your own (ahem!) under carriage. It will take a few days for your system to restart, but when it does, those soft, bum wipes will be your best friends.

    One word: Stitches.

    My tadpole is 22 now, but I still remember that part with incredible clarity.

    I wish you ease, health and humor in your new parenting career. It’s awesome, you’ll love it!

    Ronda

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