Monday,23 October, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1310, (1 - 7 September 2016)
Monday,23 October, 2017
Issue 1310, (1 - 7 September 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous: Reviving ideas

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

Have all your children grown up, leaving you with a mountain of used stuff to get out of the house? It’s time to transform this into something more practical and even more valuable.

No doubt creating a perfect room for a baby can cost a lot. From cribs and changing tables, to dressers and chairs, one can spend thousands. And then after a few years it’s time to get rid of most of it. But with a little creativity and ingenuity, you can repurpose these items.

Here are some fabulous ways to reuse your old baby stuff:


Turn a crib into a workstation:
Cribs can be an expensive purchase, and yet they don’t serve much of a purpose beyond a few years. With a little creativity, you can turn a crib into a functional and attractive workstation. All you need is to purchase a piece of MDF or particle board and some blackboard paint.


Modify a changing table to a potting station:
The basic three-shelved changing table is a functional piece of furniture for any baby room. But once the toddler is out of wearing diapers, there’s not much call for it. But the way it is set up makes it an ideal potting table. All you need is to paint it a colour that matches your new set-up. You can also add a handy hutch to the top, making the changing table into a fully functional potting station.


Turn an old dresser into a kitchen island:
Apply a new coat of paint to an old dresser. Add some hooks, a paper towel holder, a stone top, and some new hardware. The result is a kitchen island that completely transforms the look and feel of any room. If you don’t like stone, you could make the top of the island a butcher’s block. Add wheels, and it could move from kitchen to dining room, making it into a handy serving station.


Create a magazine rack out of crib sides:
Turn a crib on its side by 90 degrees to make a holder for dozens of magazines. If you want something a bit more permanent, you can mount it on the wall, leaving enough room to let the magazines easily slide over the rails. A touch of paint can really make this stand out as a feature on any wall.

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