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

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O'verlays Ikea Hemnes Makeover 2

Here are some  other furniture makeovers using Overlays.  Pretty amazing transformations, right?
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Work, Play, Etc. via Pinterest

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My Overlays

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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!




  1. Your gray overlay turned out great, Jennifer! I hadn’t heard of Overlays yet, thanks for sharing!:-)

  2. The cabinet looks amazing! I love how it turned out. Great idea and so inexpensive to make these pieces stand out. Thank you for sharing!


  1. […] Not exactly the chic desk I envisioned when designing my dream office.  But, I knew it had potential and that a little paint and attention to detail would spruce it up.  So, I used some paint I had on hand and ordered some O’verlays.  You can read about using O’verlay’s on our Ikea dresser here. […]

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