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Anthropology Inspired Dresser Re-Do
Simple tutorial on how to re-do an old dresser into a chic anthropology inspired conversation piece.

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  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 1
    Step 1

    Start by stripping the paint off of all the drawers of their previous color / varnish.

  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next give them a light sanding. I was originally going to make sure to get all the paint off but decided that I kind of like the scrappy paint chips so I left them. Really it's up to you and how you want your end design to look.

  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stain the face of your drawers with a dark color stain by dipping your cotton rag into the stain and going with the grain wipe it on. Allow the stain to sit for a few minutes before wiping off the excess with a clean cotton rag.

    I used 'walnut' colored wood stain by Min-Wax.

  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 4
    Step 4

    Once your stain is set and dry stencil your letters and numbers on each drawer using a sponge brush and your black craft paint.

  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 5
    Step 5

    Finish it off by painting the bulk of your piece in a soft neutral gray or tan. I used sandstone gray by Better Home and Gardens and made it into Chalk paint. You can do it with any latex paint by using the following ratio:

    3 parts paint + 1 part plaster (& water)

    Mix your plaster with water until yogurt consistency and smooth before mixing it immediately with the latex paint. Stir until smooth and paint.

  • How to make a dressing table. Industrial Dresser (Anthro Inspired) - Step 6
    Step 6

    Once dry piece your furniture back together and your done!

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