Upcycled Baby Changing Table

upcycled changing table 2

I love rethinking and repurposing pieces that I either have, or get for a great deal. It keeps things unexpected and best of all, cheap.  I scored this baby changing table for free from a neighbor. What a steal! It was in great shape, and had nice detail, for a poopy diaper station.

unfinished changing table


This upcycled baby changing table tutorial will be broken down into 3 different posts:

Part 1 – Painting

Part 2 – Distressing

Part 3 – Waxing


 Part 1 – Painting Your Piece


Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – Olive



  • Remove Hardware
  • No need to prep – Chalk Paint does not require sanding or priming.
  • Paint 1st coat.
  • The first coat will give you a heavily distressed look.  You could stop here, but if you want full coverage, paint a second coat. I prefer to do two coats and then hand distress where I want.

changing table 1st coat

After 1 coat


  • Let the paint dry for 30 minutes.  (Put the lid back on your paint while you wait as chalk paint can dry out quickly.)
  • For your second coat, lightly dip the tips of your brush in water before you dip in the paint each time.  This slightly dilutes the chalk paint, allowing easier application and stretches your paint.  If you are having coverage issues, skip the water.

chalk paint 2 coats

After 2 coats


  • If you are loving how it turned out at this point and want to skip distressing, that’s totally fine.  You can jump to waxing.  If not, stay tuned for how to distress and antique.

Happy Painting!




  1. Tammy says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    This is so cute! I’m going to give this a try when I find an old table.
    Way to go, keep up the great work!

    Thanks a lot,

  2. Rebecca says:

    I love your site! The idea of turning old, broken things into something useful and beautiful is a great one, and you often wind up with something even better than you could ever get with something new.

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