Emerson Changing Table Topper

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Convert a buffet to a changing table by adding a wood topper! Free plans from Ana-White.com

Hi everyone!

You know how you get so wrapped up in a project, you might just forget about everything else???

Well, we've got a baby coming in a matter of weeks ... and we've been so busy finishing up the Momplex for Sewing Mom to move in, that we haven't had much time to focus on getting a nursery ready for the new baby moving in soon too.

There's a part of me that wants to save a few projects undone right here in our home, that I can work on when the baby is napping, so I haven't been too stressed if our little one isn't greeted by a fully finished nursery when he or she comes home.  Winters are hard enough up here in Alaska, with the cold and dark - but add a newborn baby into the mix?  I'm definitely going to need a few projects here and there to keep the baby blues away.

But one thing we absolutely knew we needed for the baby's room was a dedicated changing table, with storage.

I built this buffet (plans here) because I loved the rustic, reclaimed look, and wanted something a little less "changing table" looking for the baby room, but needed to add something on top to make it a little less buffet looking and more functional.

So I picked up a few 1x4s, and made a topper!  

And my sister came over and stained it to match the buffet.

We sized the topper to fit a standard changing pad (16" x 32") and left enough room in a side compartment for diapering supplies.

It's a great feeling knowing this table is done! 

And of course, I'm sharing the plans with you below.


XO Ana

PS - Buffet plans are here.

Dimensions shown above - can be altered to fit other changing tables/changing pads


Shopping List

1 - 1x4 @ 10 feet long
I used 1-1/4" pocket hole screws for joining and attaching to cabinet top

Cut List

2 - 1x4 @ 38-1/2"
3 - 1x4 @ 15-1/2"

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Measure your changing pad and adjust the plans as needed to fit your table and changing pad.

I started by attaching the two ends to the front and back. I used my Kreg Jig and hid pocket holes on the insides.

Step 2

Once I got the basic box done, I added the divider to fit my changing pad. It worked out perfect for wipes.

Step 3

You'll need to secure the topper to the cabinet somehow. I used a few pocket holes along the back but you could also use an L bracket - but you will need something to keep it from sliding off.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.