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4 Things to Repurpose for The Nursery

Save on costs by turning old pieces into new must-haves

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Converting an extra room into a nursery to welcome the newest addition to the family maybe a bit expensive. Think of the furnishings that you would need and the cost of paint should you paint the room. Fortunately, you can repurpose a couple of items found at home into pieces that your bundle of joy will surely love. To help you get started, here are a few items that you can work with:

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From an old chest of drawers into a kiddie storage area

Having a changing station customized can be a bit expensive. What you can do is use an old chest of drawers or a console table. If the piece is really old, you may to repaint it in charming colors like sunshine yellow or sky blue. Once done, you may add a piece of cloth or cushion on top.

RL Tip: If you're into a distressed finish, simply clean and wipe the piece using a damp cloth before adding the cushion.

From an old waste can into a used diaper bin

Found a metal waste can with lid? You can still use it as a used diaper bin to keep the odors sealed in. If you can't find a similar piece at home, you may drop by secondhand shops to look for something similar. 

From a beauty kit into a diaper hamper

Do you have lots of free hampers from your beauty purchases? You may turn them into a diaper holder. Keep your hampers organized by placing them on top of a console table for easy access. 

From a yoga bag into a diaper tote

You don’t have to buy a bulky diaper bag to store your baby essentials. If you have an unused yoga bag in your closet, you may use it to store your diapers, wipes, and other baby essentials.

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

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