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The Best Thing to Happen to Furniture…Since Paint

The Best Thing to Happen to Furniture…Since Paint

So there I was, innocently perusing the latest issue of HGTV magazine, when I spotted this fun and creative dresser:

Via Fifi Cheek


My eyes almost bugged out of my head – it’s an IKEA hack!  Talk about excitement!  And not only that – the owner simply bought a graphic laser-cut wood overlay that is compatible with IKEA furniture.  In a final act of genius, she painted the overlay a hot pink before nailing it on.

What?!  I love it!  I die!

I immediately went to myoverlays.com… there is a whole bevy of different overlays to choose from.  I don’t mean to be the girl that talks about IKEA incessantly, but how can I not mention these amazing IKEA dresser makeovers?!  Here are just a few of my favorites:



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You can use the overlays for just about anything, not just dressers.  Someone used it on a cornice:



Loving this overlay on an otherwise plain door:



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Nice, subdued overlays really make a difference:



How adorable is this idea for a staircase?  I’m so tempted to do this in my own house:




Between those green stripes and the simple overlay on the cabinets, this bathroom really got a kick in the pants, don’t you think?



An otherwise plain Jane table made interesting with a greek key design:


All images via O’verlays.


The real beauty of this idea is that you only need a can of paint and a bottle of Elmer’s glue (or a few nails), and you’re in business.  No DIY skill or knowledge necessary.  Or time or tons of money, for that matter.  Talk about a DIY project after my own heart!

  • Kate

    March 29, 2016 at 2:01 AM Reply

    Do you know of an Overlay website for the UK 🙁 O’verlays is $45 shipping

    • Lorri Dyner

      March 29, 2016 at 9:43 AM Reply

      Hi Kate – I wish I did know but I don’t!! I’m sorry 🙁 When I come to the UK next time I’ll put some in my suitcase for you!!

    • Melissa

      September 27, 2016 at 12:16 PM Reply

      Did you ever find a UK site that sells overlays?

      • Lorri Dyner

        October 20, 2016 at 1:36 PM Reply

        Hi ladies – I recommend emailing or “direct tweeting” to @myoverlays and asking them if they sell in the UK. Good luck!

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