Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIY O'verlays Dresser

Although I have had this project completed for quite some time, I have yet to dedicate a 'full' post to the process. I am here today to talk about my DIY O'verlays Dresser - one of my favorite pieces!
Our move from Chicago to Orange County included selling a fully-furnished condo! The buyer wanted to purchase the condo with everything in it (excluding linens and a few pieces of art) - furniture, accessories, TVs, and even dishes - wowza! This was exciting, because it meant completely starting over in a new place...but also a little sad, because we were leaving some of our favorites behind. 

We decided renting for a year would be the best option (since neither of us were familiar with the area), so I wanted to make practical, but stylish purchases. Our master bedroom is extremely long, and I was on the hunt to find a dresser to fill a 12' space, as a smaller piece would be lost in the room. I was having a difficult time finding a piece that size for under $5,000...and that just wasn't going to cut it. I came up with the idea of placing two identical dressers side-by-side, and opted for two IKEA Malm 6-drawer dressers in white. My husband was not extremely thrilled with this purchase (he loathes IKEA), but I told him not to worry, as I had something in mind. I had been seeing images of O'verlays floating around the blogosphere, and decided that's what I would use to transform these plain, not-so-elegant drawers. 

I forgot to take any 'during' photos (duh), but the process was super simple, and here's what I did:

1. Remove each drawer from the dresser and stand up (so the face of the drawer is parallel to the floor - aka a flat, horizontal surface). 
2. Wipe the face of the drawer, and the O'verlay panel with a damp cloth (this helps bond the two together if you are using Gorilla Glue). 
3. Place small dots (glue expands) of Gorilla Glue on the panel. You can decide how many you would like to use for each panel, but be sure to get the corners, as well as the middle of the panel to ensure a strong hold. 
4. Place the panel on the drawer (you can measure this, but I just eyeballed it) where you want the design to go. 
5. Let dry for 2+ hours. 
6. Place drawers back in dresser, and voila! You have a beautifully transformed piece of furniture! 

Sorry for the terrible photos - our bed is across from the dresser, making it difficult to get a good shot...also, please excuse the mess! 



Have a great Wednesday! 


  1. Wow, I'm so impressed with this DIY Brooke! I've never seen this before...and I have the Malm dressers! Now instead of getting rid of it when I plan to move, I can transform it. So glad I found your DIY and I already "pinned" it. Greetings from Atlanta!

    Also, I'm hosting a giveaway on my blog - the prize is a cute pair of silver earrings. Check it out here! ;-)

    1. Thank you, Mary Ann! Exactly - easy to can also paint the O'verlays - I've seen some pretty amazing pieces that were painted - but my husband wasn't going to go for that ;)!

      I will check out your blog & giveaway - thanks for stopping by!


  2. Where did u buy those panels? They look amazing.

    1. Thank you! You can order the panels here:

  3. Ok, this has to be one of my favorite posts at Hi Sugarplum today! WOW! I have two dressers in my master bedroom that I thought about craigslisting, but NO MORE! I'm going to try this first. Thank you for posting. These are great!

  4. Really pretty and I love the White! I have become a new follower! :)


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