Anthropologie 'Sura' Inspired Dresser

Happy Memorial Day US friends, stateside and overseas! A heartfelt thank you to those men and women and their families who serve or have served this beautiful country we call home.

I cooked up a little Before+After to serve on this special day - one that wasn't even in the works a week ago! It all started mid-week last week when the Anthropologie home catalog landed in our mailbox. I was taken to another world at every flip of a page, but when I got to their 'Sura' collection, it was more than swooning; I was immersed! I snapped this pic of the page:

So vibrant and edgy! I love a good all-over patter and knew this was one to try. I got on Craigslist to see if there were any decent candidates to experiment with. Hello, modern four-drawer dresser! Welcome to The Garage!

Now, what to use for my stencil? I thought about carving my own stencil out of cardboard; a method I've used before and have liked. But I didn't like the idea of painting the design on with a brush. I wanted it much more uneven, worn, and faded looking. Anthro used actual triangular pieces of wood turned all different directions and with a beautiful white washed stain. I wasn't going to cut a zillion wood triangles and fit them together like a Rubik's Cube. I hate those things. Instead, I cut some sponges down until I got the size I liked for the height of the drawers.

Sadly, about 5 sponges were harmed in the making of this transformation. But when I got the size I wanted, this makeover was a breeze! I brushed the paint, (Old White by Annie Sloan Chalk Paint), onto the sponges, and just pressed them onto the drawer fronts at random. Then I painted the body in Old White and called it Done!

By not overloading the sponges with paint, the pattern went on exactly how I had hoped, (which doesn't always happen)! A little crackly, uneven,  and true to the faded finish of my inspired Anthro pieces.

Here's a little behind the scenes action of StyleMutt Home at my house; whenever I'm staging and shooting photos, there are usually at least 20 children behind me in the bodies of 3, that need one thing or another. They'll be happily content until the camera comes out. This one was tired of waiting for (more) snack behind the camera, so he put himself front and center. Well played, young one. Well played.

It's a bold pattern, yes, but the right piece fell into my hands following a heaping dose of inspiration. One can't just ignore circumstances as perfect as that, right?!

4-drawer dresser now available for sale
40.25"H x 35"W x 19"D
Contact me with questions or interest!

Thank you all for stopping by and have a fun and safe holiday!