From baby changing table to wet bar / kitchen island


Welcome to another transformation Tuesday!!  This time I am showing you how I took a baby changing table and made it into a kitchen island or wet bar if you fancy…  I originally shared this post on Becca’s blog HERE!

I started out with a cherry finish baby changing table that I purchased from a thrift store.  Standard.  Cherry.  BORING!  I don’t know about you, but I never purchased a “baby changing table.” I used an old (antique) dresser that was a garage sale find that my ex had in college and intended to throw away.  I saw the functionality and beauty in the piece & baby changing table for free.  Scored 16 years ago!    It was the perfect height and width and actually two more makeovers later, it is my media console under my wall mounted TV.  (It is going to get some new love again soon too!)  and there I go.  Again.  It is so easy to talk to you and get off topic!  Haha.  Back on topic: So here is a story about how I took this piece and transformed it into something functional and prettiful! Defined as Pretty + Beautiful = prettiful.  A Jennyism.  Hang around folks – I have more.



All I did was disassemble the safety edges (and put that into my scrap pile) and took out the drawers and took off the doors…



Then I gave it a good sanding and cleaning.


Next, I painted it (except the top) using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I didn’t prime it and this was that time I wish I had.  It took 3 coats to get good coverage and with the price of a quart being over $30.00 I learned my lesson.  Despite the claims that it is not necessary to prime – I can say that I TOTALLY DISAGREE!!  Done.  Shocking to many, I know.  But I said it.  I said it because I found it to be true in a few projects.  I said it because I want to save you money too!  I am not saying don’t buy or use ASCP – nope, not saying that at all.  I am simply suggesting that if you would have a need to apply two coats (or more) why not use a product first that costs less than 20 for a gallon? Seems like simple math to me.  I have primed every project since this one.



I custom mixed some of the paint and used it for a pop of color on the inside of the drawers and the inside cabinet when you open the door.




Then, I tiled the top.  Tiling can seem so intimidating to some.  I think it is one of the easiest DIY projects ever.  It is great for beginners too! I used an all-in-one mortar/grout product making it go faster and even easier.  So you SHOULD use a tile trowel and then a float for the grouting part.  I skipped this step since a. I knew it wouldn’t be on a wall b. nor on a floor with people walking on it  c. the mesh back helps create a surface to adhere to and d. I didn’t have the trowel on hand and was inpatient (shocking, I know.)  I laid a nice thick layer on with the float sort of like the consistency of icing.  I worked in small sections using a 12 x 12 glass mosaic tile that I got on clearance from Menards. This is my first time using this type of product and I can assure you it made this project fly by.  All I had to do was use a utility knife to cut the mesh to size and since the pattern was random, I didn’t have a pattern to match up.  So, there I went.  Tiling.





I did let it dry overnight before I put the grout on.You simply use the grout float and spread it on at an angle and wipe it until the sponge is clear.  (I will post a tutorial on laying tile in the future because I intend on teaching Kid 1 and I can teach you at the same time.)



Then I did the drawers.



That was a hot mess and then a happy accident.

I apologize, I didn’t take picture: because a:  I did this project when the blog was still a pipe dream b. I couldn’t since I was frustrated and spent 2 days just on the drawers.  TWO WHOLE DAYS!  This entire project should have only took 2 days – dang drawers!!  The long and short of it.  They looked like they had glass peek through’s.  Well, I am messy and I am not patient.

I painted all over it – assuming that I could scrape it off.  WRONG!!!!!!!  It was plexi-glass. Lesson learned. This is also one of those few times in life were you have to suck it up and admit that the hubs was right, I was wrong.  There.  done.  Publicly.  Another lesson learned (don’t let the hubs be right and you don’t have to publicly admit it.) So, when I decided to scrape off all that paint – I scratched the heck outta the plexiglass.  RUINED – hubs yelled at me.  And this is where the story takes a beautiful turn.  You see, I have this product called Gallery Glass.  A wonderful product that I have used in a few homes when  I have had a window that I want to allow natural light in, but needed privacy.  So, I used the etching medium and dabbed it on with a small stencil brush.  It dried beautifuuly and I came out victorious!   HA!

I couldn’t decide on a color, so I used two different colors to give it a two-tone look. Then,I used the ASCP clear wax over the entire piece and I wasn’t happy.  Of course not, why would I be?  I am like never completely pleased and I can’t leave well enough alone.


So, I pulled out the dark wax and went to town.  Then I buffed, and buffed, and buffed it to a shiny finish.


The hardware was spray painted in a hammered metal. and done.  Finally.  Only took 4 days.  I say 4 days lightly since I wasted a lot of my time on the drawers.

A close up of the details…



That is my story about:  this one time, when I took a baby changing table and turned into a magnificent kitchen island (or wet bar if you will.)

Then I sold it.


The end.

Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,



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