IKEA Tarva Change Table Hack {and a baby shower}

Hi guys, today I'm sharing an IKEA Tarva Dresser Hack we converted into a Baby Change Table for our grandson who is due to arrive any week now. It got the same chevron striped detail as the Rocking Chair I showed you in my last post.

IKEA Tarva Dresser converted to a baby change table

IKEA Tarva Change Table Hack

To keep the changing pad from sliding off the table, which likely could happen if our grandson is anything like his Mama, we added a removable top. It is secured with a few screws to make it easy to pop off after our little guy is out of diapers.

Building a portable top to secure the change pad on change table

Once converted to a "big boy" dresser it should carry him throughout his childhood.

Adding a portable changing pad top to an IKEA Tarva Dresser

I painted the base and part of the drawer fronts with a mixture of Old White and Pure White chalk paint. Using Chevron Frog Tape I created two stripes by rolling ASCP Antibes Green chalk paint over the drawer fronts.  The plan was to use adorable Owl knobs that I purchased especially for this piece but they were overkill so I painted the wood knobs that came with the dresser instead.

Chevron Stripes and Antibes Green chalk painted Tarva Change Table

I added chevron stripes to both sides of the dresser as well.  You can never have enough places to hang bath towels, wash clothes, etc. so I attached two hooks on either side.  I wanted to use cutsie animal hooks but had no such luck finding any.  Oh well I can always change them out when I come across some.

Antibes Green and White Chevron stripes on a Tarva Change Table Dresser

I personalized the drawer fronts by hand painting his name down the front.

Hand painting baby name on an IKEA Tarva Dresser

Then I stuffed that thang full of newborn diapers, onesies, bath towels, and blankets and sent it over to my daughter's place along with the rocking chair.

Green and White IKEA Tarva Dresser now Change Table

The blanket hanging from the bottom drawer I crocheted when I was expecting our daughter and now I'm passing it on to her.

IKEA Hack using a Tarva Dresser as a Change Table

For more nursery inspiration, see how I transformed a second-hand dresser found on Facebook Marketplace into a gorgeous mid-century modern chic nursery dresser. I also turned an old bookcase into mid-century modern nursery shelving to match.

Last weekend us two Grandma's and baby daddy's sister co-hosted a baby shower for my daughter. She received so many wonderful gifts and the cutest little outfits ever.  She's now all set for Westin's arrival so he can come anytime!

Soon to be Mom

I created a candy bar for the guests.

Baby Shower Candy Bar

...and there was far too much candy leftover *popping blue bubble gum*.  Westin's other Grandma added these yummies to the mix!

Baby Shower Candy Bar goodies

I attempted to ice the baby footprint sugar cookies that I baked with blue royal icing.  Not exactly the look I was going for but hey, they tasted good!

Baby Footprint Sugar Cookies for a baby shower

For those of you who follow my blog you've heard me mention how Mr. Frugalista is such a kind, patient, and giving man,  When it comes to his "baby girl" he'll go the extra mile - literally!

Little did we know that watermelons are a rare and hot commodity right now. There isn't a melon to be had in our community and so he drove into the city and went to 17 stores before finding the last two small watermelons in the land.

Now here is where I feel like a great big loser.  Would you believe I only got one lousy picture to show for his amazing hunting skills  *bad wife*   and it's a crappy shot at that!  There is a candy soother in it's mouth but you can't see it because of the angle I shot this picture from. *blush*

Watermelon Carriage for a baby shower

But I got a good shot of the Diaper Banner it took me an hour to make.

Napkin Diaper Banner for a baby shower

One last picture before I bore the heck out of you.  If you're still reading this...Big Hugs!

Dollar Store jug used as a vase for a baby shower

Sorry, no pictures to share of the actual party.  Why, because the photographer was partying!  *another blush*

Oh and if you missed the rocking chair you can see it HERE.



  1. Where is the removable top from?

    1. Oh darn, this project was completed over eight years ago and I can't remember. My apologies for not including that information in the post. I have a hunch we got it at IKEA as well but I'm not 100% certain.


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