DIY Numbered Dresser

The airplane bedroom is almost done, but I have been killing myself trying to find a cheap or free dresser at the thrift store or on Craigslist. I just can not find one that resembles the lines and drawers of this:DIY Numbered Dresser

So I just have to use what I already have! This dresser was $998(product is no longer available – anthropologie.com), are they kidding me? It is like an invitation or a little man sitting on my shoulder and whispering in my ear:

“come on, Kim… you can do that… try, try, try, try”

Then on the very morning I was about to begin, I stumbled upon this over at Jilly and Mia
DIY Numbered DresserThese fab girls had the same anthro inspiration as me, but went in a bit of a different direction than I was planning. I LOVE it! And, I was having drawer pull issues and now, I knew exactly what to do, thanks ladies!

Oh, alright, here we go.

This is the dresser that originally came with my nursery furniture.
DIY Numbered DresserDIY Numbered DresserI did not want anything with the wavy lines, but I just couldn’t find another, I really liked. I am sure the next time I walk into a thrift store it will be sitting right up front though!

Anyway, I gave the entire thing a decent sanding. The sanding took forever and ever, and I think I have asthma from all of the dust I inhaled!
DIY Numbered DresserI used some stencils and letters printed off from word.
DIY Numbered DresserI traced them onto the drawers and then painted them with black paint. I sanded them a bit after they dried.
DIY Numbered DresserI tinted some glaze with wood stain and gave everything two coats.
DIY Numbered DresserI let it all dry and drilled bigger holes for my cool new drawer pulls.
DIY Numbered DresserI used thick jute and knotted it to make the same pulls Jilly and Mia made.
DIY Numbered DresserI cut 24 inch pieces and tied all the front knots first, so the pulls would be the same length.
DIY Numbered DresserThen I wrapped masking tape around each end, threaded it through the holes and tied double knots on the inside.
DIY Numbered DresserTa Da!
DIY Numbered DresserDIY Numbered DresserI heart it!
DIY Numbered DresserIt is fine that I couldn’t find a different dresser, because this is solid and will last… and it looks so perfect!
DIY Numbered Dresser

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DIY Numbered Dresser