A question that popped up more than a few times during our nursery kick-off was, but where’s the changing table? I brought it up briefly at the very bottom of the post, but today, I’m going to dive into those plans! We struggled with this room layout for a while, and to say we considered at least a dozen configurations would be an understatement. We knew we wanted these four staples – crib, toy/book storage, rocker and changing table – but deciding what goes where and in a way that would create the most amount of space possible (no small feat in a 7′ wide room!) was definitely a challenge. You know now that Modsy helped us visualize three of those main components in a huge way, but yes, what about the changing table?
You guys, it’s going in the closet!
When we modified the closet earlier this year, our hope was always that this would be our future nursery. With that in mind, we made every effort to maximize the width, depth and height. And do you remember when we had to drywall around the exposed pipes? We did it in such a way that those otherwise annoying roadblocks could be integrated into shelving! More on that in a second, but in the meantime, we triple checked our closet measurements and visited our friend Meg at Megmade, knowing that she was guaranteed to have the perfect, oddly sized little dresser that we could use as a changing table:
Meg has been a great friend of ours for years – she even donated that stunning black console to the One Tail at a Time Adoption Center! – and together with her husband Joe and the entire MegMade team, they restore and customize all the furniture in need of rescue. It’s insane what they’re able to accomplish, and wandering the aisles of their warehouse is our idea of a good time; just look! (Chicago friends, the warehouse and showroom are absolutely worth a visit, but they ship all across the country as well.)
We had originally picked out a pretty curvy legged dresser, but a few days later, they posted a handful of new items to their Facebook page. After spotting the guy below, we immediately changed our minds on the initial one, and we practically ran to their warehouse to see this one in person. The divided top drawer is perfect, the glides are smooth, and aside from a few scuffs and scratches, it’s in pretty great condition! The detailing along the sides is reminiscent of our window trim, and it took us all of 10 seconds to confirm that this was the new one. The original polyurethane coating had yellowed over time, so the Megmade crew will be stripping the finish and applying a water-based matte clear coat, which should lighten everything up, too!
With our dresser picked out, we were able to officially plan the rest of the closet’s layout. Using blue tape, we masked off a rod, shelves, the dresser and changing topper, and those small blue dashes represent a vintage mirror we’d like to hang above the table. (Once baby girl starts having more clothes to hang and the changing pad is no longer needed, that mirror will come down.) We initially had a much more complicated design plan – more rods, more dividers, more drawers – but things quickly began to feel messy and cluttered. Scaling back reminded us that less is more (isn’t that always, always the case?), and once we add some bins and baskets to the shelves that made the cut, there is going to be more than enough storage – more than our own closet system, and definitely more than I had as a child!
Each side of the closet has a bump out that hides furnace ducts and gas lines, and while we were initially bummed about it, we’ll use these little ‘nooks’ to add even more shelving! At the lowest level, we’ve also made room for a diaper pail and a laundry basket (one necessity per side):
Scott installed baseboards a few weekends ago, and once I spackle the nail pops and caulk all the seams, this multi-functional closet will be ready for paint! I mentioned in this post that because the room will be filled with whites, creams and ivories, we’re looking to add some flair in the closet. Now to find the perfect shade of not-too-baby-but-still-playful-pink:
Although we’re still deciding on the perfect shade of pink – we actually used Morristown Cream on our shipping table (last swatch, second one down) and love it – we’ve already picked up a handful of closet supplies! I was initially pushing for a fancier Elfa system (there are so many great options!), but Scott convinced me that we could create a closet that would look just as nice for half the price with more DIY effort. With a splash of cheerful paint and textured baskets, our goal is that the closet will look nice enough to leave open more often than it’s closed.
We can’t wait to make some waves in this room!