Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Baby changing station for top of dresser


In frantic baby#2-nesting-mode, I decided that our master bedroom could hold no more furniture. Husband's dresser became the obvious place to make a changing table, so I measured it up and built a custom tray topper to hold all new baby's clothes, changing pad, diapers, ointments, etc. All of his currently fitting clothes and accouterments fit in this tray...we will see how long that lasts!

The stain color is a little off, but I already had it! In fact, the whole project was made from wood already in the garage, but probably cost $15 for lumber and $20 for the two little sheets of plywood, before staining.If you attempt this, be sure to add sticky felt pads to the bottom so it doesn't scratch your dresser. Also, measure from the front of your dresser to the wall, not just the top of your dresser. This way you can gain extra surface area between the back of the dresser and the wall.
Yes, I realize that is a big TV for a bedroom. It was on sale.

Was a super easy build that probably took 2 or 3 hours, plus one hour to stain. Used my Kreg Jig to assemble, and finished the bottom off with a really nice piece of plywood meant for cabinet sides and backs.

Used three 1"x 6" boards (6'), 24 self-anchoring screws, and two sheets of birch plywood.

18 inch doll's bunk bed

With 18-inch dolls all the rage with the Kindergarten set, I decided to make my niece a bunk bed for her dolls. Favorite color? Purple, of course! Plan adapted from Ana-white.com. You can find that plan here: Ana White's Bunk Bed Plan

The finished product

 The sheets, blankets and pillows

Sanded and holes filled


End supports with pocket holes


Starting supplies after cuts made. This lumber needed a lot of sanding.