Your little cherub is now older, so you don’t need a changing station anymore. Here’s an original way to reuse this part of the changing table – by converting it into an attractive bookcase that you can attach to a wall. Choose the spot carefully, so you can keep your child’s favourite books close at hand. For some decorative touches, head out to any supplier of good scrapbooking materials, where you can choose some attractive pieces that will make this little bookcase irresistible – to both you and your child.
Here are the materials and tools you’ll need to do the transformation:
- 2 pieces of wood, 1¼” x ¾” (the length will depend on the size of your changing station).
- Paint or stain – the same colour as your changing station.
- 4 small plastic or metal brackets, and 5/8” screws.
- Patterned adhesive tape, self-sticking letters and whatever else inspires you.
- A drill with a 3/16″ bit, a paintbrush, a hot glue gun, a tape measure and a screwdriver.
- Screws for driving into studs.
- Recommended: Stud finder and level.
- Remove the changing station from the changing table.
- Drill two 3/16″ holes, 16″ on centre, into your changing station. These holes will be used to attach your bookcase to the wall. For optimal stability, they should be drilled into the side of the changing table that becomes the top end of your bookcase.
- Paint your wood pieces.
- Stick the decorative tape down with hot glue.
- Attach one bracket to each end of the wood pieces, using 5/8” screws.
- Using the tape measure, mark either side of the changing station for the height at which you want to place each piece of wood. Attach them using 5/8” screws.
- Stick down the letters and any other decorative touches that inspire you.
- Attach the bookcase to the wall with 3″ screws, making sure they are driven securely into the studs. We recommend the use of a stud finder and a level.
- Arrange your child’s favourite books in his/her new bookcase.