Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Glamorous girly change table

Materials: Hemnes 3 drawer dresser, Wallpaper, upholstery tacks

Description: Open the ikea box. Pull out all the wood parts that are not painted (they will be the back of the drawers, the drawer sides, the 2 back braces, the drawer bottoms and the back panel. As well as the bag of screws, nails etc and the drawer runners. Put them to one side.
What you should be left with is all the pieces that need wallpaper.
I started with the 3 drawer fronts and the top piece.

I used wallpaper paste to adhere the wallpaper. But this was a dud. It didn’€™t stick the best. If I was to do it again, I would need to find something else. I was tempted to use spray adhesive.
The drawer fronts, I cut the wallpaper over sized and stuck it on. Let it dry and then trimmed it face down with a sharp utility blade.

The top panel, I cut over sized and wrapped the whole piece around and underneath. So when you flipped it over, it was stuck down with about a 7cm border around. Because the top panel overhangs the unit and you could see under it, so it is best to wrap it and it means that the wallpaper will stay securely in place. Used lots of masking tape and paint tins to hold it down while it was drying.

Next I did the top and bottom brace and the 2 panels that go between the 3 drawers. I used Mod Podge to stick these down.

Lastly I did the 2 side panels. As you can see, these panels have a profile where the centre is lower then the side bars. This wasn’€™t going to be very helpful for wallpaper. So what I did was cut down the Ikea cardboard box the cabinet came in. 4 x 400mm x 710mm rectangles. To fill in this void and make it as flush as possible.

I used Mod Podge to stick them down. One on top of the other. Great use of recycling.
I then had to cover this piece with wallpaper.
Now it was the fun part! Bashing in the tacks!

Then finish assembling your cabinet as per the instructions. Attach the new handles and VOILA!!! You did it!

See this link for more in-depth description.

~ Laura, Sydney, Australia

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14 Responses to Glamorous girly change table

  1. Kristen says:

    What is this wallpaper? It’s gorgeous, and I need it for an actual wall! Thanks!

  2. Danielle says:

    this is so pretty! This will be my next project! very classy looking! I’m not sure why people feel the need to comment on the glass and flowers and give you advice on looking after your new born as I’m sure you clearly have common sense and will have that stuff removed before putting a baby up there. The point of this website is “Ikea Hack” not “Parenting Do’s and Dont’s” Great job Laura! :)

  3. Mrs Yoastie says:

    Great makeover. Love the quilt as well.

  4. Thanks for the comments. This is just the way I had it set up for the baby shower. We hadn’t got around to hanging to frames yet. Of course there will be nothing on top but the mat when I am changing. I thought that would be obvious and didn’t need to clarify it (I do state that on my blog) I also wanted to demonstrate that this furniture will look great just as a chest of drawers and not in a babies room.
    Laura from Sydney.

  5. wow, i love it! hemnes is my favouirte ikea furniture and now it looks even better. so lovely! :)
    i also embellish my furniture and i think its worth all the work when you see the great result :)
    please visit my blog too:

  6. Alexis Marlons says:

    Now this one’s truly glamorous. Simple yet very chic.

  7. MacMama says:

    It looks nice but flowers and a loose miror don’t go well with changing kids.I hope the kid doesn’t get harmed by broken glass or eating flowers…

  8. I love it, but I worry the minute that baby kicks or hits the mirror it’s going to come crashing down on them. We too used a Hemnes for our changing table and it is a great height.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hopefully all that loose stuff on top is for the picture only and will be removed before baby arrives. Or this is a first baby and these people have no idea what they’re in for.

  9. This is a beautiful makeover but please move the stuff on top once you start using it as a changing table. The baby WILL knock that stuff over, possibly onto him/herself.

  10. Drop dead beautiful!! Also love the organized drawer. Don’t have any kids now, but if I ever do, I’ll be remembering this pretty little project. ~M.

  11. d_glynn says:

    I look forward to hearing how well this changing table works out :) I know my kids would have eaten the flowers and broken the pictures & mirror!

    But thumbs up on the detailed instructions!

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