HERE’S MY VERSION OF THE MARCELLE 3 DRAWER ANTHROPOLOGY DRESSER | YOUTUBE VIDEO TUTORIAL INCLUDED!
Anthropologie has some stunning furniture but let’s be real, it’s not inexpensive. Today I’m sharing my DIY version of the gorgeous Marcelle Three Drawer Dresser along with a step-by-step easy-to-follow tutorial. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this salvaged dresser look-a-like!
Here’s the dresser I started with. I found this three-drawer maple dresser with a wood skirt at my local Restore. A super solid piece but looking a little dated.
While I was looking for ideas for this makeover, (and thanks for all your suggestions on Facebook btw!) I came across the screenshot below. This Marcelle 3 Drawer Dresser is beautiful with clean modern lines yet looks classic…and that hardware! At the time of writing this post, it is selling for $798 online here.
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3 Drawer Dresser – SALVAGED
White Lightning Cleaner
BIN Shellac Primer
Titebond Wood Glue
White Wood Filler
Salt Water SILK Paint
Golden Gemstone Mousse
Brass Ring Hardware
5″ Tapered Legs (similar)
DIY ANTHROPOLOGIE DRESSER INSPO
So CHALLENGE ON! Make a $35 Restore Habitat For Humanity Dresser look like an Anthropologie knock-off! Here’s how this dresser makeover all came together and a tally of how much it cost me to make this look-a-like…
To prepare this dresser for paint, I gave it a good cleaning with this White Lightning. Then I removed the original hardware and filled in the old hardware holes with this Bondo. Bondo is super durable and dries and is ready to sand within 10 minutes! I have a full tutorial on How To Use Bondo here. I also removed the old drawer liners and numbered the back of the drawers.
Pro Tip – The drawers on older dressers can be finicky. I like to number the back of my drawers in pencil. This way I can place them back into the dresser the same way they came out and be sure they will fit back in perfectly.
SAND AND PRIMER
Before I found my inspiration pic, my original thought was to have a painted and stained look. I went ahead and scuff-sanded the body and sanded the top of the dresser and all the drawers down to raw wood.
CUTTING DRAWER DESIGN LINES
To replicate the lines on the Anthropologie Marcelle Dresser, I used my new Bosch Mini Circular Saw. This tool is SO LIGHT, LITTLE, and comfortable to use yet cuts through material like butter! If the larger circular saws intimidate you, (like they do me!) this baby is a perfect alternative. I had SO MUCH fun creating with it!
I measured out the lines similar to my inspiration dresser. Larger in the middle and closer together the further out on the drawer. I won’t include the measurements. Your dresser depending on its size will be very different than mine. Just make sure the lines are straight, square, and visually pleasing to you before you start cutting.
After I penciled in all my lines I used a straight edge guide to line up my circular saw to cut them perfectly straight. I set the depth of my blade to create the design making sure it wasn’t too deep or shallow. I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.
Once I had them all cut, I used a folded piece of sandpaper to sand in the grooves to smooth them out.
REMOVING THE SKIRT
To remove the skirt, I flipped the piece on its top and unscrewed the three boards that made the skirt. They were simple to remove.
ADDING NEW LEGS
I used the long front piece of the skirt to create a new base for the new legs to attach to. I used the Bosch Circular Saw to cut the original skirt in half. Then clamping it in place, I glued and screwed it in place. I do have a Kreg tool to attach things like this from behind but I’ve never taken it out of the box! Because this makeover was taking me a little more time, I decided to do it the quick and dirty way. I screwed in the new base board from the front and back countersinking the screw heads — and then filling them in with wood filler.
Once the base was firmly attached, I drilled four holes into the new base and screwed in the new feet.
PRIME AND PAINT
This piece was primed with BIN Shellac Base Primer. Perfect for concealing odors, stains, and bleedthrough.
I have a full video and tutorial on how to use this amazing primer here.
For the paint color, I used Salt Water White. It’s a perfect match to my Anthropologie inspiration piece giving it a clean crisp look. Had I known this was the color I was going to use, I wouldn’t have needed to prime. This SILK All-In-One Mineral Paint has a primer and topcoat built right in. That said, an extra layer of primer never hurts. I chose a spray finish but this paint is self-leveling and looks flawless brushed on as well!
For the finishing touches, I added this gorgeous brass hoop hardware.
Then I replicated the brass caps of my inspiration piece by painting faux brass caps with this Golden Gemstone Mousse.
Here’s the finished look… what do you think?
Here’s a price breakdown.
- $35 on the dresser
- $25 on the 16oz of paint
- $30 on the new hardware
- $20 on new legs (mine were salvaged)
- $20 other supplies
That is a grand total of $130. Compared to the $798 price tag, I’m really happy!!!
Here’s a step-by-step in action on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! I can’t believe I hit 12K Subs! Woot woot, thank YOU! 🙂
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS DIY ANTHROPOLOGIE HACK. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!