Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack with O'verlays

Inside: How-to makeover and revamp an Ikea Hemnes dresser with O'verlays! 

If you have been reading my blog for some time or follow me on Instagram, you know I like to re-use what I have when it comes to decorating OR I like to buy thrifted pieces and give them new life with paint and elbow grease. We have had these Ikea Hemnes dressers for almost 15 years, they have served us well. I wanted to make over the Ikea Hemnes dresser without having to paint them, after some research I stumbled across O'verlays! Last fall, I made over our main bedroom for the One Room Challenge, and I contacted O'verlays to see if they would want to work with me and help me to makeover our dressers. Unfortunately the timing didn't work for the fall so this late spring they sent me some O'verlays to try out! 

  O'verlays has created appliqué style paintable resin cut-outs, aka decorative furniture panels to apply to Ikea furniture to give them a custom look. They have a plethora of styles for a various Ikea pieces, and they also do custom orders for pieces you may have at home, either furniture or cabinets.  To ensure you order the correct size, you can go to their website and select the style of dresser you have and play around with the various styles of O'verlays they make to visualize what they would look like. 

Being a fan of Hollywood Regency furniture, I have admired Dorothy Draper dressers but not their price tag! O'verlays has a Dorothy Draper inspired appliques called "Anne", that I have had my eye on for quite some time. O'verlays generously gifted me a set of their Anne style  for my 2 Hemnes dressers we have in our bedroom. They arrived during the lockdown and since hardware stores were closed I was unable to get the supplies I needed to finish the project until about a month ago. 



Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack

Ikea Hemnes Dresser Hack with O'verlays

How to Make Over an Ikea Hemnes Dresser


O'verlays are really easy to apply! All you need is your desired paint colour and Liqiud Nails adhesive. They are paintable and you can paint them to suit your style. I painted mine to match the Ikea dressers. I had colour matched to the colour of the dressers. I simply unscrewed a dresser front and took it to our local Home Depot where they mixed a sample sized paint pot in semi-gloss paint. It was a really good match to the dressers. 

Materials Needed for Project:

How To Apply O'verlays:

1.  Sand the edges lightly with an emory board and then to clean the surface with rubbing alchol before you paint. You just want to remove any rough corners or edges.
2. Apply paint. I used 2 coats of paint on each O'verlay. Once dry you can apply them to the drawer fronts.

3. Measure from the edges of the dresser to help center the O'verlay and then mark the lines with a dry erase marker (I tested that it would wipe off from the drawer surface)
4. Apply a thin layer of Liquid Nails along the unpainted side. You really don't need much at all as it will squeeze out when you press it onto the dresser front. A damp rag is very handy to wipe off the excess. Liquid Nails sets quickly but it will allow you a few minutes  make sure it's level and to make sure it is evenly centered. 
5. Use painter's tape to hold the O'verlay in place while the Liquid Nails set. Once set and dry, you can remove the tape and enjoy! 


O'verlays add so much character to your furniture and now my Ikea dressers look custom and high end.

Be sure to check them out! There are so many styles and option to choose from! 

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  1. Love this! Where are the knobs and pulls from?

  2. Where did you get the hardware?!? This is so pretty!

    1. I got them from Lee Valley Hardware here in Canada, there is a link on the blog!

    2. Actually the link for the hardware is on this post: http://www.markovadesign.com/2019/11/one-room-challenge-reveal-budget.html

    3. Hello! I love what you did to the IKEA dressers. I checked out Lee Valley Hardware for the ring pulls. I was wondering what size you ordered, and if that’s the size you’d still recommend? I want to make sure to order it right the first time.😄Thank you, Amanda

    4. Oh my gosh, I am so sorry I haven't replied sooner! I would still recommend the size I got, which was 43MM (smallest size) https://www.leevalley.com/en-ca/shop/hardware/pulls/ring/48407-plain-ring-pulls?item=01X4060

  3. I have the same ikea dressers! What paint color (or numbers) was a match to the dressers?

    1. If you read my blog post, I share the code on there!


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