Anthro Knock Off Dresser

   The airplane bedroom is almost done, but I have been killing myself trying to find a cheap or free dresser at the thrift store or on Craigslist. I just can not find one that resembles the lines and drawers of this
so I just have to use what I already have! This dresser is $998, are they kidding me? It is like an invitation or a little man sitting on my shoulder and whispering in my ear.
"come on, Kim......you can do that....try, try, try, try"
Then on the very morning I was about to begin, I stumbled upon this over at Jilly and Mia

These fab girls had the same anthro inspiration as me, but went in a bit of a different direction than I was planning. I LOVE it! And, I was having drawer pull issues and now, I knew exactly what to do, thanks ladies!

Oh, alright, here we go. 
This is the dresser that originally came with my nursery furniture. 

I did not want anything with the wavy lines, but I just couldn't find another, I really liked. I am sure the next time I walk into a thrift store it will be sitting right up front though!
Anyway, I gave the entire thing a decent sanding. The sanding took forever and ever, and I think I have asthma from all of the dust I inhaled!

I used some stencils and letters printed off from word.

I traced them onto the drawers and then painted them with black paint. I sanded them a bit after they dried.

I tinted some glaze with wood stain and gave everything two coats.

I let it all dry and drilled bigger holes for my cool new drawer pulls.

I used thick jute and knotted it to make the same pulls Jilly and Mia made.

I cut 24 inch pieces and tied all the front knots first, so the pulls would be the same length.

Then I wrapped masking tape around each end, threaded it through the holes and tied double knots on the inside.

Ta Da!

I heart it!
It is fine that I couldn't find a different dresser, because this is solid and will last....and it looks so perfect!

I have a few finishing touches and will reveal the room on FRIDAY! I am so excited to share, it is my favorite room in the house now!



Comments

  1. I was inspired by you,and wanted to let you know that I mentioned you, and your blog in my post of the dresser I did! http://5457whisperinghills.blogspot.com/2011/11/dresser.html

  2. Wanted to stop by and let you know that I featured this project today in a roundup of Ordinal Dresser knockoffs. I did my own “Ordinal File Cabinet” before I started blogging, and just revealed it recently. I love seeing all the different ways people interpret the Anthro classic!

    http://www.imbusyprocrastinating.com/2012/07/ordinal-furniture-round-up.html

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