Function in the Nursery

Jack’s changing table has been in need of some adjustment to improve functionality and the longevity of his dresser.

We use cloth diapers and wipes, so there is a small container of water always sitting on his changing table. I have all of his necessities, including this container of water, held in a wire basket. The basket is very convenient for me to carry all the necessities to and from the bathroom for bath time. It also restrains some of the clutter on his changing table. Some.

The problem with this arrangement is the drips which inevitably come from squeezing out each wipe before using it. I really like Jack’s dresser, and it is in very good condition given it’s age. The top is especially free from blemishes, so in an effort to keep the water drops from harming the dresser, I wanted to get a cheap tray to hold all the diaper stuff that would also catch the drips.

Enter Exhibit A from one of our local thrift shops. Lovely, eh?


I even got it half off, a whopping $1.50 for this beauty.


I almost had to pay full price. I stopped in at said thift shop because their sign was advertising 50% off housewares. I found this gem and snatched it up, so happy to find a tray for so cheap. When I got to the checkout, the lady told me my total was $3.18. Moral dilemma ensued in my mind, how do I mention that the item should be 50% off?

It’s a donated item. They are making 100% profit.

Profits go to buying Bibles for foreign countries. Do you really need to snub them of $1.50?

I feel like I’m robbing Jesus.

The cheapskate in me wins out. I timidly ask, “Aren’t housewares 50% off?” The lady looks at me and rudely ask, “Is this a houseware?” I’m taken aback by her response. I just stutter, “Ummm…” I turn around to look at the store. There are signs on the ceiling denoting the different areas of the store. They’ve got Housewares, Clothes, and Toys. Um, yep I think it’s a houseware.

While I’m contemplating what to say, thoroughly mortified that I’m stealing from Jesus, even though I’m not, she says, “We’ll I guess we can call it ‘housewares.'” Ah, the guilt! She thinks I’m stealing from Jesus!

Then, icing on the cake, she turns to the employee behind her and asks, “Bob, would you call this housewares?” He gives a duh expression, “Um, yeah.”

Whew, redemption! I’m not stealing from Jesus!

I happily hand over my $1.59 and run for the exit. πŸ™‚

Back to our regularly scheduled programming…

First things first, remove the ugly picture.

Looks like someone was proud of their work. Sorry, Chris.


I gave it a quick sanding because the wood was quite rough, then I broke out my tester paint left over from the house.


Hmmm….it should be gray…I’ll give it a little stir…


Nope, it’s ruined. Note to self, don’t let paint freeze. Lesson learned. πŸ™‚

Run to the basement for another can of paint…


and get the first coat on. Wow. SO MUCH better!


My plan for water proofing, or rather water resisting, was to glue scrapbook paper to the bottom of the tray and cover it with a few layers of mod podge. This wouldn’t be truly water proof, but I’m just trying to keep a few water drops from reaching the dresser, so I think this will be good enough. And my tray cost $1.50, if I ruin it, oh well!

After the first coat of mod podge…


You’ll notice my paper bubbled up. I think this is due to the paper not being thick enough. Or I should’ve let the glue underneath (also used mod podge) set first before going over the top. I decided it wasn’t worth fixing so I forged ahead with my other coats.


Here’s the finished product!


Now for the before and afters…are you ready to be wowed?!?!





Wha, wha, whaaa…I know, I know, not much of an after. It looks pretty much the same and just as cluttered. BUT it’s more functional for the dresser! All of my necessities are still present but I did loose to wire basket. Oh well, you win some you lose some.


Working on any projects lately? Fun or function?


5 observations on “Function in the Nursery
  1. Betsey

    I LOVE what you did with the tray! Super, super cute and trendy. It goes great with your lamp. WAY better than Chris’s work, no offense to him/her. πŸ˜‰

  2. Denese

    I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been using?

    I’m experiencing some small security problems with my latest blog and I’d like to find something more
    safeguarded. Do you have any solutions?

    1. Emily

      I’m using WordPress. I have some apps installed but I don’t know what they are off hand. My web designer person takes care of that. πŸ™‚


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