Nursery Update: Ikea Dresser Turned Changing Table Station & Land of Nod Gumball Lamps

Happy Monday, friends! How is everyone doing today? I'm hanging in over here at the Ten June house... finishing up all of the last minute baby stuff and anxiously awaiting our little pea pod's arrival!

This weekend, David and I finished up the changing table area. It rocks my socks off. Well, as much as a changing table should rock anyone's socks off, of course : ) Let's check it out!


It took me awhile, but we finally settled on using the Ikea Hemnes dresser in gray-brown. Originally, I had planned to use the white version of this piece in the room, but once we got to the big ol' Swedish home decor mecca, David decided he really loved the gray-brown version. The white is a tad bit shiny/glossy on the top piece, which is made out of particle board. [Side note: there is nothing wrong with Ikea's particle board in terms of safety for the baby! Check out this amazingly informative article by Rebecca over at The Lil' House That Could to learn more!] In the gray-brown version, the dresser top is the same finish as the rest of the piece and is made out of solid wood. With that said, David's vote went to the gray-brown and I (being the awesomely agreeable wife that I am, duh) went with it.

Once we got it home, panic sunk in. Maybe I shouldn't have been so awesomely agreeable... I didn't love the gray-brown finish in the room. What was supposed to look eclectic and not too matchy with the rest of the furniture looked... well, unmatched. So I panicked and emailed a few of my favorite blogger friends (thank you, Katelyn, Cassie, Courtney and Michaela!) with the below edited pictures (which show the dresser where we originally planned to place it in the room) and a HELP! subject line. White or gray, white or gray?!



Ultimately, the girls told me that either would make a fabulous choice. By then, the gray was growing on me... and let's just be honest- David and I decided to skip the hour-long drive to Ikea and thought of having to put together another dresser, so we just held on to the gray.

I am SO glad I did. I big time love the gray dresser in the space!


I added some adorable navy blue + white knobs (bought on sale at Hobby Lobby) to give the piece a little custom flair.


I love the gray-brown color in there now that I've paired the dresser with a ton of white accessories, like a white changing pad, a gallery of white Ikea Ribba frames (that will eventually be filled with photos of both mine and David's family) and my new prize possessions- the gumball Land of Nod lamps.



 The Land of Nod was gracious enough to send a pair of these lamps over for my review. I literally could not be more happy with them! The size, height and style of the lamps are exactly what I was looking for for my little guy's space. The lamps came with not only the crisp, modern white shade, but also energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs, whose environmental friendliness made David a happy camper.

I absolutely love Land of Nod and couldn't speak more highly of them. If you'll remember from this post, we purchased our crib from them and have been thrilled with it so far. The Land of Nod furniture team (who had no clue I have any affiliation with LON as a blogger) even went out of their way to send me a thank you swaddle blanket after purchasing the crib- talk about great service!

The other gumball lamp went to the nesting tables next to our glider. Perfection.


Back to the top of our dresser-turned-changing-table, I also picked up a few of these Ikea baskets for storage. How perfect is the navy gingham print inside?! Matches my gingham curtains perfectly : )


And this dresser does not disappoint with storage- we have plenty of room for not only baby Ten June's adorable clothes, but also diaper extras and accessories!



So there you have it. Our little guy's Ikea dresser changing table station! He'll be so proud to know one day that I broadcasted to the world where his diapers will be changed : )


41 comments:

  1. this looks amazing lady and I am a huge fan of the gray!

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  2. I love what you guys picked out! The nursery is definitely coming together! It looks fantastic.

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    1. I just love it!!!! The gray and the gallery wall look great. Can't wait to see the whole thing!

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  3. His room is absolutely adorable! How precious?! Love the colors and the gray dresser!

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  4. I LOVE the dresser in the room. For me, I always feel like Ikea always has the right piece for me at the time when I walk into their store. Such a cute nursery. :)

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  5. Looks great! I especially love the knobs you added and baby is going to love looking at all the family pics when you're changing him :)

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  6. I think the grey is perfect! Ps- are you left handed?

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  7. The brown grey is really lovely- and I love the start of your gallery wall. The nursery is looking fabulous!!

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  8. I love how your nursery is turning out! I love the grey dresser in there, you're right, it does keep it from being too matchy matchy, and I think it adds a little something special. And I die for photo wall collages! How did you manage to get them so perfectly aligned?

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  9. Just when I think this nursery cannot get any more adorable you totally outdo yourself. I love the grey/brown furniture at Ikea. We are thinking of using these dressers in our Master Bedroom! We have pale blue on the walls too, so seeing your photos is totally proof that it can work in our house too. Cannot wait to tell my hubby he has another project :)

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  10. OH, yay! I love the gray in there, Michelle. It looks fantastic. And how adorable to see all of those darling clothes folded and ready to go. So exciting.

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  11. It looks so so great! Love the color choice...and I think you'll be happier with it as he grows, too! xo

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  12. Okay...the knobs make it! The color of the dresser isn't even a problem. It looks great...and SCORE with the lamps. Darling!! Also, I spy the outfit I sent :)

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  13. I love it! Especially the knobs. We have the same dresser in black in our bedroom. One thought though, your little one's flailing arms will totally knock those frames off the wall, unless you plan to add some velcro? I've heard of that but have never tried it. Once he's standing up on there though, I bet even that wouldn't cut it! I have a 10 month old and diaper changes are a wrestling match right now. :)

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  14. I'm so happy you went with the gray brown... it looks amazing with your blue walls! 3 months in and we love the Hemnes as a changing table. The little drawers up top are my favorite and help keep the top of the dresser nice and neat. We keep cloth diapers in one, disposables in another, creams/nail clippers/brushes/medicine in another and bibs in the last one. We picked up some of the organizers that go in it which have been great. If there was a Hobby Lobby in NJ I would totally get those navy knobs!

    Thanks for the love and I can't wait until your little guy arrives!

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  15. I think it's perfection, Michelle! Plus that dresser will grow with him... little boys aren't too hip on white furniture down the road! And just an FYI, I bought two Ikea dressers waaaayyyy back in 1989 for my first apartment and they have stood the test of time! Apartment, house, baby's room, guest room, back to a kid's room or two, and now a dorm room!!
    Great choice!
    xo Heidi

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  16. I love the grey - and the knobs you chose are perfect! The gum ball lamps are too cute!

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  17. Agree with what everyone else has already said - the grey looks really great! All you need is a sweet little babe kicking on top of the pad now!

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  18. VERY sweet! I am a big, big fan of the gray...glad you went in that direction! I'll have to look into that dresser for the little guys "big boy" room :)

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  19. I think you went with the right choice on the dresser...it's super cute and warms up the space! We have the white version and I LOVE all the storage. It rocks! And the frames over the dresser are awesome! Can't believe he's going to be here so soon!

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  20. The dresser and the room both look great! I'm sure you'll quickly realize that the very bottom row of frames, and maybe the one above that, are going to have to be removed as soon as your baby starts moving his arms and legs around at all. And the lamp is going to have to be moved elsewhere too. But it is pretty for now!

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  21. I absolutely love the brown-gray color! I definitely think it works with the rest of the nursery. Especially with the added knobs. I just love it! It's perfect!

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  22. I really like the grey-brown! I think it adds just a little bit of contrast in the room, which is important. Great little space!

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  23. I definitely think the gray was the right choice! Especially with the white frames over it! The room is looking so cute! How much longer til Baby comes?

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  24. I like the grey much better than the white! Gives it a little more boyish edge. The room looks great!

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  25. The nursery is looking so good! I love the dresser and all the photo frames. :)

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  26. I love the grey -- it brings some additional warmth to the room. And those knobs and lamps are just perfect. It's all coming together so well!

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  27. you made the right choice! the gray is perfect!!! it's beautiful! this room looks ready for a new little bambino!

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  28. We have the white one, it's perfect for a nursery! Lots of storage! Great choice :-) Can you remind me which rocker swivel you got? I am redoing my nursery right now for #2 and we need a comfy rocker this time around!

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  29. I love the color of the dresser you chose! It is a great contrast with the wall color! Also, I LOVE your new blog design! I haven't I visited in a while, so I know this may be "old news" but it really does look great! The colors are so pretty!!

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  30. Love!! Love!! Love! Your nursery is beautiful! It looks great and I love the colors. The pulls are very cute and add lots. I used a dresser like this for a changing table and it worked great. I also always used those disposable pads on top of the pretty one when changing. It saved time during those "messy" changes you have probably heard newborns can have. HA! So happy for you and your family! Such an exciting time! Enjoy every second... it does fly! Love your blog! Michele M

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  31. Hi, love your blog , but I do agree all those photos will be knocked for six by flailing arms and legs. Also one kick of those boxes by baby flexing his little legs and the lamp will be on the floor, not to mention those boxes. The only way I could change my little man (who is now 25 yrs old!) was on the floor, things couldnt go any further if we were already on the floor :-)
    One thing, I just wish I had taken more photos as time flies so quickly, people are right one blink and they are grown up so enjoy every moment while it is happening, even if it's the middle of the night and he still won't settle.

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  32. I also love the color of all equipment.Nursery room is looking adorable with beautiful equipments of baby changing. Thanks for the nice post.

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  33. Love your nursery and I really like the yellow rug. Where did you get that?

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  34. Hi There I was also wondering where you go the rug, I absolutely love it! Wonderful job on the nursery, I'm expecting a boy also and cant wait :)

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    1. Thanks Liah! The rug is a discontinued Pottery Barn rug I found on Ebay. It's called the Moorish Tile rug. Hope that helps!

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  35. We just bought the same dresser for our nursery last weekend! I was doing a google search for knobs and came across your blog. Can you tell me the name of the paint color you used? Thanks so much! Your nursery looks amazing!

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  36. Just saw your post with the source list that includes the paint color. Thanks!

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