Anthro Inspired Dresser, Number 1 

I know you have all seen the amazing Antrho Numbered dresser that retails for $998, and the even more amazing knock offs.  I am not attempting to replicate either one.  Rather, my dresser is from the “School of Anthropologie” (if such a thing exists………..)

Last week I shared my “Shingle Dresser” I picked up off the curb.  I actually saw a truck in front of me slow down, stop to look at it, then move on to find better curbside shopping goodies.  Their loss, my gain!

I knew I wanted to create something unique that would play off the funky shape of this piece, and not try to camouflage it.  Or course, this involved wheels and a new top.  And of course, my CeCe Caldwell’s paints!  I wanted to create a similar aged wood look to the original piece, so I studied the colors in the wood on the Anthropology website.

I used Georgia Clay and Mississippi Mud to begin with.  My plan was to layer these two colors to create a base.  I dipped a brush into the water first, then a little in the Georgia Clay.  I repeated with the Mississippi Mud and blended the two together. 

Most of the drawers are dry, but you can see the hints of red from the Georgia Clay, these colors will really come forward when I add a sealer of  CeCe’s 100% natural Wax!

Now that my first layer is dry, I did a similar layer with just Virginia Chestnut.  It looks like a mess, trust me, I know where we are going here.  There is no right or wrong way to use these paints, just experiment!

Next I added the boards for the top.  Pieces of leftover and reclaimed wood, secured to the top with wood screws.  I did my first coat in a very watered down Vermont Slate. So thin that is like a wash.  This method works great when you are painting raw wood. The wood really soaks up the color, but is still translucent so it looks almost like a stain.  When this dried, I repeated with Seattle Mist.  Now for the final stage.  I mixed 1/4 cup of 100% natural CeCe Caldwell’s Glaze with about 2 teaspoons of Cinco Bayou Moss.  I wanted a little more color, but the glaze allows it more fluidness, instead of soaking into the paint, the glaze will glide over it a bit.  I then took a shop towel (paper towel) and wiped off the excess.

I added numbers to the side, simply by printing these from my Word program, and then using graphite tracing paper.  I used a paint pen to fill the numbers in.

I added different map paper to each drawer.  It was hard to get decent photos of each drawer, so here is the first, Ah Paris!

And here is le completed project.  Maybe I should send it on to Anthropology….you never know if they might be looking for a new furniture artist 😉

Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what other fabulous finds I collected this week at Trashy Tuesday!

Disclaimer, this post made its debut two years ago.  I believe in upcycling in every way, especially a dresser worth sharing twice….






  1. Amanda Watkins

    I love the unique slant to the drawer fronts! You made this piece a million times better!

  2. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline

    crazy cool piece! those slanted drawers are so cool. they look great with the new paint treatment!

  3. Fran

    This was a perfect fit for this piece of furniture, such an improvement. I love the paint techniques and thanks so much for describing how you achieved this look for us all to copy. I can’t wait to see what you get tomorrow.

  4. Marsha Stopa

    Gorgeous! Great vision, great execution! You inspire me every week.

    CeCe Caldwell’s Glaze? When did they start to carry a glaze?

  5. Kris

    Wow another great one. Love this.

  6. cassie

    this dresser has a cool shape and i love the treatment you gave it!

  7. Jill Flory

    Awesome! I totally love that!

  8. Lori

    LOVE IT!! You have such talent, Karen 🙂

  9. Heidi @ Decor & More

    C’est magnifique! The layers of colors make this piece a star! Bet she sells quickly!
    xo Heidi

  10. bj

    You did a great job here…I love numbers on most anything.
    I think it will sell quickly.

  11. bj

    I follow by Google Friends but can’t find a link here.?? Am I just missing it?

  12. Amber

    Love! Especially the maps in the drawers! Thank you so much for sharing at the Give Me The Goods Link Party!

  13. Cheryl~ZanyMayd

    That’s a wonderful DIY & transformation of a curb side
    treasure…. I’ve been late to the party on the A.S. Chalk
    paint & now this C.C. paint… I see painting in my future.

  14. Shelly

    Very cool!! I think I have a crush on the wheels! 🙂

  15. Jamie

    I love this! You always do such a fabulous job 😉
    Jamie @

  16. Denise... On A Whim

    Oooh. I really like it. Nice to see you make something so gorgeous out of a piece that originally was just kind of weird! 🙂 I’m really wanting to try the watered down paint technique on some bare wood now!

  17. Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

    I love this! I am choosing this post as a feature for Give Me the Goods Monday. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to check out the feature post. You’re awesome!

    ~Chelsea @ Married Filing Jointly

  18. Danielle

    So cool. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays!

  19. ColleenB. ~ Texas

    Love your finished product . Looks great. Like the idea of you putting caster wheels on as well; makes for easy moving around

    • GTC

      Thanks Colleen! I would add wheels to everything if I could!

  20. Vicki at EntriWP

    Almost a perfect match to the Anthro dresser! Beautiful job!!!

    • GTC

      Thank you so much Vicki! This is one dresser I wish I had kept.

  21. Catherine

    Okay Miss Karen! You got me, I luv each time you’ve added wheels to a cabinet and I’m currently working on a project I think would work for this too! So I’m on it–hope you’ll check it out!

    • GTC

      Hey there Catherine!! I am slow on the response these days. Life keeps speeding up! Can’t wait to see what you come up with and I hope it has wheels!


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