Anthropologie Inspired Industrial Dresser – Themed Furniture Makeover


How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

Hi friends!  Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day with 18 or so of my close blogging buddies.  This month’s theme is Industrial, which we all interpreted in our own way.

See all of my past TFMD projects HERE.

This is how my piece started:

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

Several months ago I went with my mom to look at a dining set that someone was selling on Facebook.  When we got there, the seller had already loaded this dresser into his pickup to take to Goodwill.  Of course I couldn’t help checking it out, and he said I could just have it since it would save him from driving it to the store.  When someone says that, it’s really hard for me to say no.  (Oh, and my mom bought the dining set – thankfully everything fit into our vehicles!)

I knew I wanted to completely transform it, and I found my inspiration piece: the Illusorio Cabinet from Anthropologie which retails for $1698.  (Isn’t it gorgeous?!)

Anthropologie Illusorio Cabinet

I took the drawers out and removed the old hardware.

To mimic thinner drafting drawers, I bought balsa wood strips, cut them to size, and glued them on with E6000 (seriously like the strongest glue ever).  I purposely left a gap between the balsa strips on each drawer to look like the Anthro version.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

The lengthy part was measuring and drilling 24 new holes for the 12 new cup pulls I got from D. Lawless Hardware.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

The first drawer was finished!  The hardware was just on to see how it looked, of course I had to remove it to paint.  I was just really anxious to see if my vision was going to turn out like I hoped.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

I tried to use paint I already had at home, so first I painted the entire piece in some leftover dark brown/gray.  Then I dry brushed a light tan over the entire piece, but I didn’t like the way it looked with the pulls.  Finally I caved and bought a sample size of Leather Satchel (Valspar latex) and dry brushed it over the other colors.  I think it accents the antique bronze in the pulls perfectly.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

My piece is darker than the Anthropologie version, but I still love how it turned out.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a closeup of the absolutely gorgeous cup pulls from D. Lawless Hardware – I don’t even think this photo does them justice!

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

And SHHHH…. no one has to know that there are only six drawers instead of twelve.

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

Someone got jealous that I was taking photos and not giving her any attention.  FYI Abby is doing great – she’s still doing chemo for her lymphoma but she’s in remission now.  <3

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.net

Here’s a handy before/after graphic if you prefer it for Pinterest (hint hint):

How a free dresser was transformed into an Anthropologie cabinet knockoff that retails for over $1600.  girlinthegarage.netThanks so much for visiting with me today!  I hope you’ve been inspired by my industrial dresser makeover.  It can be used in a bedroom, in an office as a credenza, a foyer, etc.  It will be going to my booth as soon as I wax it.

Disclosure:  I did receive free hardware for this project.  In no way does that affect my opinion of the product.

Jen

Next up:  Visit my friends’ projects below!


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33 Comments on Anthropologie Inspired Industrial Dresser – Themed Furniture Makeover

  1. Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)
    July 23, 2015 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

    Hold on…I just passed out a second..that turned out so amazingly gorgeous, I can’t even believe its the same piece!!!

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my goodness- thank you Karin!!

      Reply
  2. Jeanette
    July 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Once again I like your piece so much better Jen. I love the darker color and the price! Great idea to add wood the give the look of thinner drawers.
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  3. Lisa
    July 23, 2015 at 5:51 pm (1 year ago)

    That is soooo beautiful.I love everything you do….I live through you as I have no patience or vision for makeovers. Well only in my head anything else does not work unless it’s small craft /non furniture projects!
    The picture of the dresser as two tone- brown & plain balsa wood with drawer pull is a cool look also.
    Have a Great weekend.
    Lisa

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:29 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much Lisa – I hope you have a wonderful weekend also! 🙂

      Reply
  4. Melissa
    July 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm (1 year ago)

    Fabulous makeover!!! I am really in love with the wall map – could you share your source??

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Melissa! The map is actually a shower curtain from Urban Outfitters. 😉

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  5. Lucy @ Patina Paradise
    July 23, 2015 at 7:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, what an ambitious undertaking especially considering you are preggers! Your piece turned out stunning and I prefer the colour of yours to the Antrhopologie one.

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Kimm!

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Kathy! 🙂

      Reply
  6. Angela
    July 23, 2015 at 9:20 pm (1 year ago)

    WOW!! It looks amazing!
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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:09 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Angela! xo

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Wendi! xo

      Reply
  7. Renee
    July 24, 2015 at 8:12 pm (1 year ago)

    Just beautiful. I love how detailed your blog is. I would use your piece as an inspiration piece!

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    • Jen
      July 24, 2015 at 10:08 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s so sweet – thank you so much Renee!

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    • Jen
      July 31, 2015 at 12:01 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Jeanette!

      Reply
  8. Tami @ Curb Alert!
    July 27, 2015 at 11:56 am (1 year ago)

    Jen, wow! I actually like the grayish tone better than the original! You did an amazing job once again!
    Tami

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    • Jen
      July 31, 2015 at 12:00 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Tami!

      Reply
  9. Meredith @ The Palette Muse
    August 1, 2015 at 10:03 am (1 year ago)

    Genius! I love how you used the wood to simulate the multiple drawers. The color is perfect, and those pulls really are beautiful!

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    • Jen
      August 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Meredith!

      Reply
  10. Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces
    August 5, 2015 at 11:13 am (1 year ago)

    You did a fabulous job with this project, Jen! I love the technique you used on the drawers…I’m inspired! Thank you for the tutorial, too! Pinning!
    So glad to hear your sweet dog is in remission…

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    • Jen
      August 5, 2015 at 4:14 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, Linda!

      Reply
  11. Sandy
    August 5, 2015 at 6:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love how this turned out! Would you be able to give me instructions on how to replicate this? I have a laminate dresser that I’m hoping I can do this to but I haven’t the slightest idea where to start. It’s my first time but you’ve inspired me!

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    • Jen
      August 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Thank you Sandy! 🙂 I believe all the directions are included in the blog post- is there anything specific that you have more questions about? You can also email me at girlinthegarage@outlook.com if you want.

      Reply

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