Customize Ikea Furniture With O’verlays

Hi friends!  I have a secret product to share with you today.  Have you heard of O’verlays?  They are lightweight decorative panels that come in a variety of shape and sizes.  You can order strips, have them custom-made, or they have kits that fit a variety of collections of Ikea furniture.  That’s right, they are custom-made to fit Ikea furniture, so no guesswork or measuring involved.  They are the type of product that makes me think- “why didn’t I think of that???”

We are getting ready to makeover my daughter’s nursery into a big girl room.  I am so hesitant to move her out of a crib, so I have just slowly been doing little DIY projects around her room.  One of my favorite updates I did, was to add O’verlays to her plain white Ikea Hemnes dresser.

The O’verlays come white and you can paint them if you want.  I think I am going to go with pink and grey for her room, so I pained them a dark grey color.  I also updated the dresser knobs with crystal ones from Anthropologie.  It is amazing what a little paint and new hardware can do.  You simply paint them and adhere them with Liquid Nails.  Here is how it turned out:


O'verlays Ikea Hemnes Makeover

O'verlays Ikea Hemnes Makeover 3

O'verlays Ikea Hemnes Makeover 2

Here are some  other furniture makeovers using Overlays.  Pretty amazing transformations, right?
Overlays malm update hack

Work, Play, Etc. via Pinterest

Ikea Hemnes update hack

Apartment Therapy

Ikea rast update hack

My Overlays

Overlays Ikea update hack


Overlays ikea update hack 2


Ikea Hack update amanda carol interiores

Amanda Carol Interiors

Overlays also has kits to customize Ikea shelving and corners for Ikea tables.  The options are endless!!

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Genius idea, right??  I have some greek key trim I ordered from O’verlays that I am going to use on another project, so stay tuned.

Have you ever used O’verlays or DIY’d your own decorative panels?  Please share in the comments!



Campaign Dresser Makeover

Happy Friday!  I can’t wait for the weekend as it has been a grueling week over at our house with everyone being sick.

I am so excited reveal to you my campaign dresser makeover.  You may recall the dresser I posted about here that I found on Craigslist.  It was only $50 bucks and you can see why below.

Here is the before:

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

It needed lots of TLC.

I removed and polished the hardware.  A coat of primer and two coats of paint later I had this.

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

Campaign Dresser Makeover DIY Gemma Pottery Barn

I was trying to knock-off Pottery Barn’s Gemma dresser, which costs about $1,350 not including tax and hefty shipping costs.

Pottery Barn Gemma Campaign dresser

Not bad for $50 and the cost of paint, right?  Bam!  Take that Pottery Barn!!

Stay tuned as I plan to write a post all about restoring campaign furniture, including tips for making the hardware “shine bright like a diamond!”

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Have a lovely weekend!



A Pop of Chartreuse in the Dining Room

Hello everyone and Happy Friday!! I am starting to get that refreshed New Year feeling at last, and I think the bright pop of color I added to my dining room has helped.  I have been looking for an affordable piece of art for my dining room for “ages,” as my daughter would say.  I just can’t find the right piece for my space at the right price. So, in the meantime, I have had this room decorative room screen/divider that was taking up space in my garage.  It was inherited from my husband’s grandmother and was a really solid and sturdy piece. DIY Decorative Screen Room Divider

I also really liked that it had beautiful decorative scroll work on it.  I thought if I painted it the right color, it would make do as artwork until I found the right piece of art.  My dining room has really muted tones and lacks color.   I have a beautiful black and white photograph framed and I thought a pop of chartreuse would pair nicely with it. I chose the color Citronette from the Home Decorator’s Collection at the Home Depot.  This photo actually makes it look more mustard yellow than it actually is in person.  Paint is madening that way!!

CItronette Home Depot Home Decorator's Collection Chartreuse

So after two coats of primer, and two coats of Citronette.  Here is what it looks like.  Not too bad for the cost of a quart of paint, right?? DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

Please try to ignore the dust all over my buffet!  I have not started my new year’s cleaning yet 🙂

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

You can see the decorative scroll work in this close up photo.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse

In this photo, you can see how it pops against the black and white framed photo on the other wall.

DIY Painted Decorative Screen Room Divider Chartreuse Pop of color

What do you think?  Do you like the jolt of color or is it way to much for you? The good news is that when I tire of it, I will hopefully have found a new the perfect piece of art to replace it with. Have a wonderful weekend friends!!

Linking up at the Shabby Nest and Flaunt it Friday.





DIY Placemat Pillow

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite tips for affordable pillows.   I love to use table linens such as placemats and napkins to make pillows.  Many companies such as Pottery Barn have the same patterns and prints they feature on their expensive pillow covers also available on their table linens.

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This technique could not be simpler, and it is a great idea to use for seasonal decor.  I have a hard time spending $40 on Christmas pillows that I will use only for a few weeks.  This is a much more affordable alternative.

I wanted to add some rustic fall elements to our home and I found these simple placemats for a steal at Homegoods.

Here is what you will need:


Poly-Fil (Polyester Fiber)-I got mine at Joann here.

Seam Ripper- I got mine at Joann here for about $2.00.

Needle and thread


Step 1– Take your seam ripper and gently start removing the stitches from one corner of the placemat.  I only remove enough of the seam to allow my hand to fit in to stuff the stuffing (about 3-4 inches).


Step 2– Start stuffing the placemat with the Poly-Fil.  For best results, I recommend using small portions at a time and then massaging it around in your hands before stuffing it in the mat. Most brands of Poly-Fil also come with a stick that you can use to press the stuffing into the corners.

Step 3 – Use a needle and thread to hand stitch the opening closed and voila you have a new pillow.  Here is how mine turned out and I love it.  It only cost me about $5.00 for one!

Placemat Pillow 2

Placemat Pillow

Do you have any tips or tricks for inexpensive pillows?  I would love to hear in the comments!



DIY Dyed Lampshade

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Hi everyone!  I thought I would pop in this weekend since I actually had time to get to one of the DIY’s on my to-do list!

A ways back I found this steal of a lamp at Marshall’s.  It was only $26 and is a 30 pound crystal Drexel Heritage lamp.  Yes, you read that right $26 and it was originally $130!

I fell in love with it and knew I would find a place for it.  I have plans brewing in the back of my mind for Audrey’s (my youngest) big-girl room.  I plan on doing it in palette of grey and pale pink and I have been picking up things for it here and there.




The only problem was that the shade the lamp came with was this cream (almost yellow) color, and it did not go with my envisioned palette.  So I decided to try to dye the lampshade.  I figured I could always buy a new one if the project went terribly wrong, so I really had nothing to lose.

Here is what you will need:

  • Rit Dye- $2.79 (can be found at most craft stores).  I used a soft color called Pearl Grey.
  • Salt
  • Hot water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Ribbon or trim (optional)



Here is what you do.  I don’t have photos because you want to move fast when you do this and I didn’t want to end up with stained clothes or a stained kitchen!

  • Using gloves, add the Rit Dye and 1 cup of salt to very hot water.  I used the hottest tap water I could get, but if you need it hotter, you could always boil water and add it. I did this project in a stainless steel kitchen sink because it was the only place that would fit my large drum shade.  It is also important to note that you should not do a project like this in a bathtub.   It can stain the porcelain.  You can use it in a washing machine or a large bucket  if you are dying clothes or larger items of fabric.
  • Use a spoon to ensure the dye is completely mix in.
  • Test the dye with a scrap piece of fabric or a paper towel to make sure it is the right color.
  • Let the object sit in the dye for 10-30 minutes depending on how dark you want the color to be.  I had to rotate mine in the dye several times to ensure even coverage.
  • Rinse or wash the item in cool water.  I just rinsed mine with cold water a few times to make sure the die was gone.

I also recommend making sure then entire work surface you are working near is covered with trash bags or some plastic lining because the dye can stain.

Overall, I am very impressed with the Rit Dye.  My biggest concern was that it was going to add too much color, but it ended up being very subtle.  Here is a before and after.


I then simply glued on some Greek key trim and I feel like I have a really elegant lamp for my little lady’s room for only about $30.


Lampshade 1

Have you ever used Rit Dye?  I think it would be great to use to dye inexpensive white curtains or even an old duvet cover.  It comes in a variety of colors so the options are endless!

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My First Craigslist Find!!

Over the years I have listened enviously to the stories of friends and other bloggers who score these amazing finds on Craigslist.  I myself have never had much luck.  Don’t get me wrong, I have sold a ton of things on Craigslist, but I had never bought anything.  I have always chalked it up to the fact that I do not search Craigslist everyday or that my area just did not have good selection. That was until last week.

I have been in search of a bigger dresser for my bedroom.  I had a small, vertical dresser that did not provide enough storage and did not fit my space well.  I was looking for a low, horizontal eight drawer dresser.  I had looked and looked and was almost about to compromise by getting an Ikea dresser and hacking it, when I found this vintage Henredon dresser.

It was $200 and came with two of the most amazing mirrors that I show below.  It is so well-built and the drawers are sturdy and provide so much storage.  I plan to immediately change out the hardware and possibly paint it down the road.  So many other projects on the top of the list right now!



Here are the mirrors.  They are vintage faux bamboo mirrors and I love them.  As you can see below, similar mirrors start at about $200.  I would have paid $200 for the mirrors alone.  They were such a bonus to scoring the dresser.  They are a tad boring for my taste so I plan to lacquer them a fun shiny color down the road.





I have seen similar mirrors for around $200-800.  I just saw these two mirrors on Charish.  The first one is $200 and the second is $875!


Bamboo Mirror


bamboo mirror 2 I am so glad I finally scored an amazing find on Craigslist.  Have you ever found something amazing?

DIY Pom-Pom Drapes

Pom Pom Drapes

I am hard pressed to call this a “tutorial.”  This is so simple, but I feel it can add such an impact to a space.

I had a window in my daughter’s room that needed a window treatment but I did not want to spend a fortune.  I purchased the Ritva drapes from Ikea in white.  I highly recommend these drapes.  They are only $34.99 for a pair and they look like linen and have a nice weight to them. I actually think they were on special for $25.00 when I purchased them. They are so easy to embellish with trim other accents to make them look much more high-end then they are.

Then I purchased 6 yards of this pom-pom trim at Joann’s.  It was only $3.99 per yard and I used a 50% off coupon.  FYI, there are amazing apps for all the craft stores where you can upload a coupon for 40-50% off.  I never pay retail at craft stores.

pom pom trim All I did was use my amazing sewing ability (of sewing a straight line) to add the trim to the curtains. The trim was heavy, so I made sure I did a good job of pinning it to the drapes first!  If you don’t sew, you could even glue the trim on using Heat n Bond or fabric glue.

Here is my final result!
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Pom Pom Drapes 3

Pom Pom Drapes 2

I swear it was the day after finishing this project that I read this blog post on A Thoughtful Place on a DIY Pelmet Box above the curtains.  My husband might leave me, but I think I am going to attempt this project to give it a more polished look.  I will keep you posted!


A Thoughtful Place

The possibilities are endless with this inexpensive and fun trim.  It comes in a wide range of colors too!  Here are just a few ideas I have run across.

DIY Pom-Pom Throw:

  pom-pom-throw-1351 Sugar and Cloth

DIY Pom-Pom Pillows:

The Makerista-Pillow-DIY-Envelope-Pom Poms The Makerista

pompomtrimpillowcover Teal and Lime

You could also add it to a table runner, place mat, napkins, or towels for a nice hostess gift.  Oh my, the possibilities are endless!!!

You can see the other updates I did to my daughter’s room here.

Have you ever added an embellishment to simple fabric?  Do tell in the comments!

DIY Dress Up Armoire


I posted here about some updates I did to my daughter’s room for her 5th Birthday.  One of the projects was converting an old computer armoire into a dress up armoire for my daughter’s ever-growing collection of dress up dresses.

Below is the computer armoire before.  It seriously dates me.  We used to house our giant computer complete with huge hard drive and keyboard.  It was very useful back in the day and is very well-built and has some nice detail work on it.  Now that we use a laptop, this bad boy has been collecting dust in our garage for about 5 years.  I was about to get rid of it when I had an idea for re-purposing it.


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The first thing we did was tear out the shelving.  We made sure to save the keyboard shelf as we intended to use it on the bottom of the armoire for my daughter’s shoes.  The goal was to put it on the track so she could pull it forward and see all of the shoes including those hidden in the back.  Here is a photo of the armoire with the shelving removed.  Sorry for the poor photo quality, but my garage does not get the best light!


Next, we took some MDF board from the Home Depot and cut it to fit the inside walls of the armoire.  Ripping out the shelving had left some marks on the sides that we wanted to cover.  Plus, I wanted to cover the inside with decorative paper, so using the MDF board would make it very easy to apply.


Next, I painted the armoire using American brand chalk paint by Art Deco from the Home Depot.  I used a color called Everlasting which is between a true white and an off white.  It was very similar to Annie Sloan’s Old White.

I did not sand or prime this piece before painting because it is not required when using chalk paint.  I needed three coats of paint to cover the entire armoire.  Here is a photo of what it looked like after one coat.



I would say the coverage of the Americana brand is similar to that of Annie Sloan.  I think I had to do three coats because I was doing such a light color over a dark wood.  I applied a coat of wax when I was finished and then distressed some of the edges for a weathered look.

I wanted to cover the inside of the armoire with a print.  I envisioned something floral because her room has a botanical theme.  I really wanted to use wallpaper and figured that it would be relatively cheap since I was covering such a small surface.  Not the case.  Most of the wallpaper I fell in love with was over $100 and you had to buy it by the roll.

As an alternative, I found this adorable floral wrapping paper called “Garden Roses” from Paper Source.  It was only $3.50 a sheet to boot!  I applied it directly to the MDF board using wallpaper paste.  I used a ruler to work out any wrinkles.  If you don’t have wallpaper paste, Mod Podge that is specially formulated for paper would probably work too.  It turned out beautifully!  I think the key to wallpapering with wrapping paper is to use thick, quality wrapping paper.



Finally, I installed a rod inside the armiore at a level where my daughter could easily reach the dress up dresses all by herself.


Here is the final product with some of her dresses lined up.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and am so glad I decided not to get rid of this beautiful piece of furniture.  My daughter loves it and feels so special!

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Birthday Girl 3

Have you ever tried Americana brand chalk paint?  How do you feel it held up to Annie Sloan?

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Project Birthday Girl!

My little girl is turning 5 this week and for some reason I am sort of nostalgic about it.  4 years old is just a bit closer to toddlerhood than 5, and her graduation to being 5 and starting Kindergarten this fall make her seem so much like a little girl.  In honor of her birthday, I made some updates to her room. I repurposed an old computer armoire into a dress up armoire and added some new curtains with a fun pom pom trim.  I will post tutorials on these projects next week and will include a review of Home Depot’s  Americana brand chalk paint which I used to paint the armoire!

Here is a sneak peek at the projects . . .

Birthday Girl 1


Birthday Girl 2


Birthday Girl 3


Birthday Girl 4

I had to think of something to house my daughter’s ever-growing collection of dress up clothes.  I am sure if you have little girls you know what I am talking about!  This armoire is the perfect height for her to get the dresses out all by herself.  Before, I had them all stuffed into a basket which was a nightmare.

How do you store your children’s toys?  This wantabe organized mom wants to know!

While Visions Of Snakeskin Danced In Her Head

This is a prime example why I should not be left to my own devices at Target.  A few weeks ago, I ran into this snakeskin duct tape on clearance at Target. For $1.50, I knew I would do something with it.  I swear they have duct tape in every pattern imaginable now.  I wrote about that and how I duct taped my fridge here.

Then, the other day I was organizing my books and BAM, it came to me.  Why don’t I duct tape these old books I was going to donate?  Right???  So, here is what I did with a $1.50 clearance find.


Snakeskin 7

Snakeskin 2

Snakeskin 1

Snakeskin 4

Snakeskin 3

Snakeskin 5

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It makes me what to read those books again!  Doesn’t everyone need some snakeskin duct tape?? What fun, inexpensive projects have you done around your home lately?

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