Sewing Room

From Changing Table to Work Station. . .

If you are like me, you have these sentimental objects that you just can't part with. Not that they have any purpose in your current place in life, but you know you just can't let them go.

For me, one of those things was the changing table we had for both our boys {who are now ages 5 and 11}. We had stumbled on it twelve years ago at a big box store and it was marked down to $25. It was sturdy & well built, and would serve our purpose, and then we could pass it on so someone else could get use out of it. Little did I know that I would have such a hard time parting with it when it came time.
I had pushed its uses as far as it would go, and I was faced with the fact that I had to let it go. And I just couldn't. There had to be another use for it {this would be the German in me}. But what? Lucky for me, I was able to buy a little time to let that thought roll around in the back of my mind for awhile.

One day, as I was meandering around Pinterest for sewing room inspirations, it came to me. It would be the perfect height for a work table. And with the two lower shelves for storage, it would really make it useful. Now I just had to figure out a top for it.

As luck would have it, I ended up at an auction, thanks to a very dear friend, and ran across this antique/vintage white and red granite top that was covering a homemade table. I fell in love with it and it was PERFECT for the top of my soon-to-be work table. It is funny how things can sometimes fall right into place. Anyway, by the end of the day, I had my granite top and my friend had the homemade table.

Changing Table similar
to the one I transformed
With the plans for this table all in my head, my husband helped me transform the changing table into this fabulous work table {shown at top and bottom}. I don't have a before picture of our changing table, but it was similar to this style {only no spindles on the sides of the second and third shelves}.

After measuring and cutting to make all four legs the same measurement at the top, we cut and removed the back rail and spindles. Ours didn't have the decorative finials on the front two legs, so that was what our measurement was based on. We reinforced between the back two legs with a 2 x 4 and screwed it to the legs. He also ran screws from under the back rail of the top shelf to keep it snug. {If you choose to try this project, remember to pre-drill holes through the legs or the wood will split.} We mounted the granite top to a piece of plywood {particle board would also work} and added hinges that attached the top to the 2 x 4 to allow the top to be raised to access the storage area on the top shelf.
Shelf Liner

And since I love antiques and vintage items, I painted the changing table light blue using Krylon's Ocean Breeze spray paint. And to complete the vintage look I was going for, I created the graphic for the shelf liner and covered it with clear plastic that I bought by-the-yard {on a roll, so it didn't have creases} from the fabric section at my local big box discount store.

My work table is such an important part of my sewing room and I love how it turned out. I am so glad that I was able to re-purpose something I already had.

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