When we were working on setting up the nursery, we knew that we wanted to refinish a dresser ourselves to use as a changing table. We kept looking and looking on Craigslist, and also hit a few estate sales with absolutely no luck.
Then I saw THIS post on Censational Girl and realized that we had almost the same exact Chippendale-style dresser in the house, sitting unused. We just needed to see an example to see its potential. Not only was it awesome to be able to repurpose something we already had, but the bonus was that it is a quality piece...solid cherry with dovetailed drawers.
I didn't get around to taking a "Before" shot, but as I mentioned, it was nearly identical to CG's, so here's her "Before":
We sanded, primed, and painted it a soft grey color called Cumulus Cloud. We also swapped out the original pulls for some polished nickel bin pulls from Van Dyke's. As a final touch, Steven stenciled on some playful circles in white & 2 shades of green that complement the wall color.
The circles (I think of them as "bubbles" for some reason...) are also on the top and sides, in addition to the front drawers.
We're really pleased with the final product and definitely make use of the extra storage!