When our first son was born, we lived in a tiny 500 square foot apartment and there wasn’t room for any specialized nursery furniture. We made a changing table out of a 2 x 2 IKEA Expedit bookcase that I believe was in our coat closet. This time around, I didn’t really see a need to purchase a changing table, as the Expedit bookcase worked just fine for our diaper changing needs, but when I saw this post on the Young House Love blog, I knew it would be perfect for our new nursery/toddler room.
Using the larger 2 x 4 IKEA Expedit bookcase gives a lot more surface area on top for diaper changing, as well as a lot more storage space below for the combined books and toys of the boys. Twice the boys in the room = twice the storage space needed! It also fit perfectly below the window, which my husband mentioned is a much more pleasant area for a diaper change.
Adding the wood trim around the bookcase gives it a sophisticated look and keeps it from looking so “IKEA.” This project was easier than I expected and I was able to complete it in a day. For DIY instructions on this project, be sure to see the original post on the Young House Love site.
I followed the instructions with a few adjustments:
1. I don’t have a Kreg jig, so instead of joining the wood panels, I just nailed them all individually to the bookcase.
2. I used the pre-stain wood conditioner, but I used a different color stain. I chose Minwax Early American for a lighter finish. I also finished it with a clear coat in a semi-gloss to add a little shine.
3. I forgot to sand the Expedit bookshelf before applying the liquid nail. It seemed to work out fine without this step though.
Also, I thought I’d note that I purchased six 1×6″ boards that were 8′ in length. I cut each board into one 31″ piece for the side and one 60 3/8″ piece for the top and was left with very little excess.
We are so happy with the finished product, I can’t thank Sherry and John of Young House Love enough for coming up with this project. I can’t wait to style the table with books and baskets for toys! This room is finally starting to come together and is feeling ready for the baby!