Anthropologie Inspired Ordinal Dresser

I’ve spotted a few different renditions of Anthro’s Ordinal Dresser and every time I see it, I just love it so much! I am working on my boys’ room and I thought this would fit well with the Big Boy Airplane-esque room.
This is the dresser they had; we got it off of Craigslist when we first moved in.
  1. First, I sanded the whole piece down to the bare wood using my orbital sander.
  2. I hand painted it with “Oops” paint that I picked up for $6. Love it!
  3. Then, I distressed the heck out of the drawers and sides with my sander.
  4. I made a stencil and hand-painted the numbers. Before the paint was dry, I took a damp rag and wipes some of the black paint off to give it more of a weathered look.
  5. Finally, I added rope for the handles. The rope was a dollar store find.  I used a lighter to age the rope as well.
….and here she is!
I made the road map wreath for their room using this tutorial using a foam wreath form and two road map books, also from the dollar store! The wreath cost me $3 to make!


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    The Mama Monster
    September 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Oh it looks great! I loooove it!

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    September 9, 2011 at 12:42 am

    I LOVE it! you are seriously too much. everything you do is awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE the headboard too!!

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    September 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    I love it! The color on yours is so much better than theirs 🙂 The rope pulls are perfect!

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    September 9, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Great job! on both the dresser & wreath 🙂

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    Good Time Charlie
    September 9, 2011 at 5:55 am

    That is very, very cute. I love that original finish and the art work on the wall. Great job! Visiting from MMS. Would love for you to come link up at Redoux tomorrow!

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    September 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    I love anything with numbers. Great job!

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    October 8, 2011 at 3:58 am

    It looks great! Love the numbers!

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    Good Time Charlie
    October 17, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I am such a sucker for anything Anthropology, esp. the numbered dresser. Can’t get enough of it. Great work!

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    October 23, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Awesome dresser makeover! The rope handles are a great idea, they really fit in with the style of the dresser 🙂

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    November 2, 2011 at 1:12 am

    This looks great! I also love the map wreath that is on the wall.

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    November 13, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    ooh gorgeous! i love it with the blue hue! great idea and way to make it unique!

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    February 21, 2012 at 5:10 am

    love it, you did a fabYOUlous job

    Julia from


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    February 21, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Love it!!! 🙂

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    I'm Busy Procrastinating
    July 13, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Who doesn’t love a good Anthro knockoff? I know I do! I did my own version of the Anthro Ordinal Dresser, but on a file cabinet. It was before I started blogging, but I just revealed it recently, and now I’ve posted a roundup of all the other great knockoffs like yours. Stop over for a look if you like!

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    Groovy Green Designs
    September 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Really great photos of a job well done. Bravo!

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    October 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Very nice love the job you did!!

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