Friday, May 4, 2012

The Diaper Desk

Eat your heart out Pinterest!

We have a new changing station. Since we eventually plan to have another baby and we expect Keira to be in diapers for a while yet, I wanted somewhere to make diaper changes easy for the next couple years. Ok, the floor is easy. Unless it's my monkey you're hoping to change. Before you've even got the dirty diaper off, she's rolling over and trying to run off. And let's face it, don't want to be dealing with that once heavy into my next pregnancy.

So I've been scouring Craigslist. And I found this. 5 minutes away and free. I called to see if it was still available. Yes it was so I made arrangements to go get it.

And here's what my living room looked like to start with. (yeah, I know, I didn't think to take pics before bringing it in.)

As you can see, toys pretty much dominate and her cloth diaper shelf is a disaster. So I got to work. I cleaned all the surfaces and added felt pads to the feet.

Then came the real fun. They had used adhesive strips to hold the top from moving. It took a while but I got them off with a strong product designed for that purpose. The hairdryer worked but would have taken hours and I was burning my finger tips. Ice pack didn't work. Goof Off worked awesome. Disclaimer: Follow all instructions and be sure to have adequate ventilation.

The next step was to remove the middle bracket so I could fit the changing pad. I first made sure it wasn't a major support piece. Then I got the saw. I used a hand saw versus a powertool because I didn't want sawdust all over my house.

Then I carefully lifted it onto the other piece and secured it. At some point, I had put the drawers back in. Since I wasn't going to need a keyboard drawer, I removed the brackets entirely.

Now to start putting her stuff on it. Her cloth diapers fit perfectly into the cubby holes. From left to right are her Thirsties Velcro, then snaps, then BumGenius snaps and her extra inserts. I took some of her BG's out so you could see that it fit two rows in each cubby.

 Then I tosse her shoes and extra clothes and such in the cupboard.

I then moved her toybox next to it and put the larger items underneath and her activity table on the side. Books went into the bottom drawer and wipes into the top. She likes to play with them so I don't bother folding them until they go into the container for use.

I then stole the spring rod from the bathroom and quickly sewed up some curtains. The really cool thing? They're the scraps from our living room curtains that I was planning to make pillows out of eventually. I like this better.


And it makes the rest of our living room look so much bigger since all her stuff is on one wall. For now.


  1. What an awesome idea! This turned out really well.

  2. This idea is really best one. Those all pictures so awesome and i like to read this post. They definitely get the job done. Her ideas could be taken up by a lot of people.