Lil Peanut gets a dresser

I’ve been scouring sites for some pre-loved furniture for the nursery.  About a month or two ago, I found a dresser for $35.  Yes, $35.  Here she is:

Nursery Dresser

The dresser is a perfect size for the back wall of the nursery.  I plan to use it both for storage, and as a changing table.  Initially, I wanted to paint it because the wood had a few dings, but the more and more I looked at it (and the less and less time I have before the baby arrives), the more I realized how perfect the wood color is.  So, I decided to keep it as is, but make a few improvements.

First up, security.  Right now, the drawers come out completely if I open them all the way.  I’ll need to add some stoppers to each drawer to make sure they don’t fall on the little one’s head.  I *think* I’ll be able to find that at the local home hardware store.

Next, time to hardware it up.  I am planning on having some brass accents in the room, and I think here would be a perfect start.  I found some vintage brass pulls on Ebay that would go beautifully.  Originally, they were only available in lots of 6 or 12, but I contacted the seller and managed to get a custom auction for the number of handles I needed.  Lesson learned here (thanks to Adam) – don’t be afraid to contact the seller with special requests – you have nothing to lose.  I was originally willing to pay for 12 handles, wait 6 days for the auction to end, and have them shipped to somewhere in the US (listing showed US shipping only).  Instead, one quick email and I managed to get the number of handles I needed, shipped directly to Canada, and the seller added a ‘buy it now’ option to the custom listing.  Ha!!  They will be mine. Oh yes, they will be mine.

This photo doesn’t really do these puppies justice, but here’s what I’m waiting to arrive any day now:

Vintage Solid Brass Recessed Drop Handles

Third, the inside of the drawers are plain unfinished wood.  I haven’t decided yet, but if time allows, I’d like to get drawer liners to jazz it up.

Some options I’ve been contemplating:

Gold Chevron Drawer Liner, by Hammocks & High Tea

More gold!  I think these liners from Hammocks & High Tea are gorgeous but I’m a little worried that I may tire of the chevron print that is now EVERYWHERE.

I also came across Chic Shelf Paper, a site designed specificially for drawer liners.  They typically come in rolls, but you can even have them pre-cut to size for you.

I think this one is adorable:

Bee Mine drawer liner

Or I could go geometric, with something like this:

Sahara Links Drawer Liner

What do you think?  Worth the effort or not?

Finally, I’ll need to get a changing pad that will sit on the dresser (I’ll also need to find a way to fasten it to the dresser so that it doesn’t slip – velcro perhaps?).  There are a multitude of options for changing pad covers.  I’m told I’ll need 2 or 3, so I may just buy a few on Etsy or some online shop.

Some cute ones I’ve found so far:

migi mIgI Rainbox Changing Pad Cover

$16.99, via Target.com

Aden + Anais Changing Pad, Jungle Jam Giraffe

$24.95, via baby earth

Turquoise Ele Contour Changing Pad Cover

$25, via DesignsbyChristyS on Etsy

(I like the fabric on this one, but I think I’d want something more taut).

So….?  Which options do you like best?  What do you think so far?

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8 thoughts on “Lil Peanut gets a dresser

  1. Looking forward to seeing the after shot! I would suggest the drawer liners are you last task because nobody will see them, except you. Also, you can buy a changing pad that comes with straps to attached (I think you screw them to the back of the dresser).

  2. I like the paper with the links but the bees is mighty cute too! I like the changing table with the hearts. For some reason I could not see the handles, but you did well with the purchase. I would never have thought to call the seller. Adam is not just good looking……

  3. Can’t you just use some leftover wallpaper or even wrapping paper to line your drawers? I have some of the Orla Kiely ones if you need.

    Also,you should get changing pad liners to use in the crib and on the changing pad. It is helpful for most “accidents” and you won’t have to completely change your sheets or the changing pad.
    Somthing like: http://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=changing+pad+liners&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories

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