Being a decorator at heart, one of the very first things my husband and I did when we found out we were pregnant with our first child was decide what we wanted the nursery to look like. At first I had grandiose ideas – I had visions of white furniture with adorable pink accessories everywhere. My husband hated the idea of white furniture – he wanted dark wood for the room. We went back and forth for quite a while but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to buy furniture that we could you use for all our children. Dark wood it was!

Living on a tight budget, we knew we need to be conscious of our spending when decorating the baby room. We decided to buy a brand new crib and chair for the room but wanted to do something different for the changing table. My husband and I both love to get our hands dirty and repurpose old “junk” so we thought it would be really great to take an old dresser and turn it into a changing table. I immediately went on the hunt at Goodwill for the perfect dresser. I found this beauty at the 72nd and Ames location. The minute I saw it, I knew it would be perfect. I especially loved the old knobs and details of the legs.

This was the first time my husband and I had refinished a piece of furniture in this way, so we had a couple questions before we started. The employees at our local hardware store were very helpful. We started by taking all the knobs off and sanding down the entire dresser, including the drawers and legs. We then added a rim of wood to the sides and back with some help from my brother-in-law. We debated about adding the rim but like the fact that it’s an added safety precaution when changing diapers. My husband then used a gel stain that went on very easily and gave a great color to the wood. Lastly my husband put a couple coats of polyurethane on the piece.

We were so pleased with the finished product and how it looks in our daughter’s room, and our daughter loves it too! We can’t believe we bought the dresser for $40 and put about $30 into the restoration. A great piece of furniture that will be with our family for many years to come – and we can say we refinished ourselves!

See? Proof that it's great -- she loves it!