April 16, 2013

Anthropology Knock Off Dresser....

 
Several weeks ago I ran into this leaving work....
Yes---that is dumpster right next to it...someone threw this beauty out ...so I really did not have to dumpster dive--more like dumpster drive-by and grab....
 
 
 
I had been wanting to try to "borrow" this look
Anthropology Dresser-Cost $998.00...
 
 
 
I thought the square build of my dresser just might work.....
 
Soo...I did a lot of this..(several hours to be exact) ..scraping off a poly covering......
 
 
 
 
resulting in a lot of this....and it is a MESS!!!
 
 

And  I ended up with these...and as you can tell in the picture I also cut notches in the drawers with a jig saw....I did make a template out of cardboard to be sure they were the same size.....



I started staining the drawers once completely sanded and really liked the results....I left one unstained in this picture to help show the difference....
 
 
Next I enlarged and printed some numbers in different size fonts and cut out the one that i liked best.......made a stencil to trace onto the drawer fronts...I also had to fill the original handle holes in the bottom 3 drawers and sand the fill down..The holes look now look like knots in the wood-which is kind of cool...next- picked up the top handle at Lowes--2 times.....LESSON LEARNED--LOOK inside the little hardware bag to be certain that you have the SAME hardware pieces..just because they are in the same bin does not mean they are the same!! 
As you can tell by the space between the drawers and the frame I also cut 2 inches off the top of each drawer...This left a notch on the sides-but it did not change how the drawers open and closed.... 
 
 
 
I also put new bottoms in the drawers (plywood) and some new drawer runners to help the drawers open and close a bit smoother..and waxed them of course with candle wax to help out also.......and here is the finished piece......and it cost a bit less than $998.00!!
 



 
 
One last peek......
 
Theirs............
 
 
Mine........I am pretty happy with the outcome.......Want to see more start to finish projects?
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26 comments:

  1. Oooo, I like yours a lot better! Very nice work. :)

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    1. Thank you Stephanie--I went to you blog--you do awesome work!!

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  2. Oh my word, this is just the cutest. I love that you left it stained and the numbers are so perfect. Great transformation. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tuesday Party that is ongoing. - -http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/04/160th-inspire-me-tuesday.html

    I think this is definitel inspiring. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Hi Marty-I linked up! thanks for the invitation..
      chris

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  3. Fabulous job! I like yours so much better than the Anthropologie one... - Susan

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  4. Such a great transformation! And I agree, what an amazing thing to be throwing away!

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    1. It is wild what I have found thrown out....those are my favorites...thanks for reading the post Catherine.
      chris

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  5. It looks amazing, what a great free find! Mismatched hardware has happened to me before, too. So annoying!

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    1. Thanks Far Fifty--free finds are great--and yes--mismatched hardware--I opened the package so excited to complete the project and UUGGGHH!!!

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  6. Oh, I love the natural wood with the numbers! I love numbers on furniture and did something similar for a desk in my teen's room last summer! http://simplygwen.blogspot.com/2012/09/teen-room-reveal-lots-of-photos.html

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    1. Gwen--that room is AMAZING!! I am sending to my daughter right now for her to look at for my grandson's room...what a cool way to display jerseys!! Thank so much for sharing--going back to look at your blog more...
      chris

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  8. LOVE HOW YOUR DDRESSER TURNED OUT! JUST AS NICE AS THE ORIGINAL, ACTUALLY NICER, I WOULD LOVE TO FEATURE IT, IF THAT WOULD BE OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW,
    LAUREN

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  9. love this great work and SCORE....how lucky

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  10. Wow, that is incredible! Yours is actually much prettier than the Anthro one!

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  11. This is so beautiful!!! Your dresser definitely is WAY better than theirs!!!!

    Christine

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  12. Oh my gosh! I am seriously impressed. You could have told me that YOURS was anthropologie, and I would have believed it. So cool! It looks like you have it staged next to a couch - did you keep it there and use it for a buffet?

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    1. I have it in my house right now but will be selling it at Market on Moss-a french style Market where I sell my pieces....I am excited to see how quickly it will sell...I just LOVE it!! Plus to get it from a dumpster and save it from a landfill...Perfect!!

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  13. I currently have it in my house--waiting to be sold at Market on Moss--a French style outdoor market where I sell my pieces..I am excited to see how quickly it will sell--and to save it from a landfill--PERFECT!!
    If you came from the Facebook contest page could you be so kind to like it for me for a vote? If you did not find it through that here is the link if you could like it--thanks Brandy!
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10151338331956707.1073741836.344561631706&type=1

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  14. Hi Chris - I think that you did an amazing job! I wanted to let you know that I shared this on my blog post this morning b/c I loved it so much! http://www.organicallyopulent.com/top-ten-diys-issue-7/

    Feel free to grab my button too if you wish.

    Great job - and I love the rest of the room as well! :)

    Cortney@organicallyopulent.com

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  15. I thought I left a comment on this post... LOVE your knockoff!

    you worked hard, but it was worth it....so pretty!
    catching you!
    gail

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  16. I think this may be my favorite knock-off of that particular dresser! Great job.

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  17. Wow, that's amazing! I'm loving this! I'm your newest follower ;)
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  18. Great job! Can you tell me what stain you used? That's exactly the colour I need... designdreamsbyanne@gmail.com

    Thank you! and I adore your makeover - what a steal of a find!!

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  19. I love this dresser!!! You did such a fantastic job and I like yours better than the Anthro one...:) Sharing your project on my blog tomorrow. xoxo

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..thanks for taking the time to comment.....I appreciate your feedback....
chris