Monday, August 27, 2012

Ikea Hack: Malm Dresser + O'verlays

Most of us have heard of Ikea, but have you heard of Ikea Hackers?  Yep, a site devoted to making ordinary Ikea furniture into something fabulous. 

Thanks to Pinterest, once I got the final word we were headed to Chicago, I started to look for design and style inspiration for our Chicago apartment. I even put together a little board. One thing that really jumped out at me were O'verlays. These little decorative adhesives are seriously chic. I got the idea in my head and I couldn't shake it. We WOULD be having O'verlays in our apartment. I didn't know where or how (we didn't even have an apartment at this time), but I knew I was going to make it happen. 

Fast forward to a couple weeks ago when we arrived in Chicago and secured our apartment. I did a simple layout for the bedroom and decided we would use the Malm 3-drawer chest of drawers for our nightstands. 

We bought them and my husband (God bless that man) put them together.



They were fine, but I had a little plan in my head to make them amazing with the help of paint and O'verlays.

Who doesn't love a little before and after?

Here's how it happened: I looked on Pinterest and the Google for how to paint laminate furniture from Ikea. I don't know why Ikea can't make the Malm in black, but apparently they want to make my life difficult. 

I found this article that raved about BIN primer by Zinsser. I bought it at Home Depot and covered all the exposed parts of the dresser with a small roller. 




I let the primer dry overnight and then began the painting process. I wanted a little bit of gloss, so I went with a semi gloss paint, which I also purchased at Home Depot. I also bought a smooth finish small roller which worked really nicely and gave a beautiful finish. No complaints. 


I looked at a couple blog posts that mentioned using a protective finish. This DIY expert really advocated it, so I went out and got the one she recommended. 


This part was a bit tricky. I brushed it on, but it was really hard to get an even coat without brush lines.


I attempted to use a roller brush to apply the poly, but that ended in disaster. There were bubbles everywhere and I ended up having to sand down the entire drawer and start from scratch. NO FUN. 


Finally, I have everything painted and protected and ready to go. I gave the dresser a complete wipe down and go ready to apply the O'verlays.


The decorative accents were shipped with instructions and recommended using Liquid Nails as the adhesive. 


I applied dots of the adhesive about 1 inch apart all along the backside of the O'verlay and centered in on the drawers. I also lined them up to ensure they were even. Luckily, the adhesive allows you about 10 minutes to be able to move stuff around without it drying solid 


After a couple hours, I put the drawers back into the dresser and admired the transformation. 


I am still considering putting some ring pulls in the center. Maybe something like THIS:


Thoughts? Ring Pull or leave it plain?


That is my little DIY victory that I wanted to share. Pinterest gets me all excited to take on projects...

HERE is another great post about painting laminate furniture in case you are interested.

 What was your last DIY project? 

27 comments:

Erin @ Loop Looks said...

Where were these instructions years ago when I was attempting to paint laminated furniture??? Yours turned out amazing. I think drawer pulls would look really nice on them.

Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run said...

I have a super old dresser (well, it's as old as me) that has a ring pull on the top drawer and knobs on all the other ones. I kinda like the way that looks for some reason. So there's another idea for you. Though, with black and white, I'd probably go with silver instead of gold unless you already have gold accents in your bedroom.
The DIY project turned out really nice! I looooove reading about DIY projects. :-)

findingblissforme said...

Love it!!! I HATE putting furniture together! I have a nightstand that is white and needs a paint job. Wanna come over and play? And by play I mean paint it for me : )

Jen said...

oh i'm so impressed! unfortunately, i don't have the patience to DIY or put together ikea furniture! ;)

Anonymous said...

I love it just the way it is, but the gold pulls would make it GORGEOUS!

liverunlaughyoga said...

love the new nightstand drawers! so nice meeting you yesterday!

Jess said...

Really pretty! Definitely add the ring pulls!

Dana said...

I love it- so chic! I think the ring pulls would finish it off really well.

Anonymous said...

Add the ring pulls!! It needs a litle gold. Looks great!

Meika said...

What did you end up putting the poly on with? I want to redo my tv stand. This is stunning by the way, looks expensive!

Sierra said...

a fine "smooth finish" roller brush....don't cheap out on that.


Thanks!

Chandra said...

Can you give me details about the striped shower curtain?

Sierra said...

Hi Chandra, I wrote a post about the guest bathroom here: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2013/02/another-apartment-update.html

I got the shower curtain at Target in their "RE" Room Essentials line...I think it was like 15 bucks, major steal. They had it in red and yellow as well. I purchased it in August of 2012, so try checking ebay. I know West Elm also has some rugby stripe shower curtains too.

Chandra said...

Thank you! I found one on West Elm and another on Amazon. I'll look on eBay for the Target version!

Toni D. said...

Ring pulls! Fantastic job and the gold will really be the perfect finishing touch!

Meagan said...

What size Overlay's did you use?

Sierra said...

Hi Meagan, I used the 6x29 for the Malm nightstands, but I used the 7x30 for my dresser (shown here: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2012/09/more-overlays-white-on-white.html)


Both look fantastic.

Nicole said...

def use the pull rings... love the black and white with the gold....love your project u made me think to paint my side tables with inserts now im def gonna do this love love love it!!

Barbara said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your Malm 3 drawers. I'm in Chicago too and am buying the 3 drawer Malms next week to go next to the Room and Board Portica Canopy bed in stainless steel. I plan to leave the Malm's white and paint the O'verlays the light gray color of my walls (Ben Moore Marilyn's dress). Are the O'verlays easy to paint given what they are made of? Also, for your Malm 3 drawers, did you leave the O'verlays in the original white they came in or did you paint them white to make them smoother or shinier?
Thanks so much.
P.S. Ring Pulls might make your Malm's even richer looking.

Xochitl said...

Definitely ring pulls, but I think silver would look really nice

Kerrie said...

What was the size overlay that you used? There are so many different options!! Help!

Sierra said...

Hey Kerrie, I used the 6x29 for the Malm nightstands, but I used the 7x30 for my dresser (shown here: http://www.poshmeetspavement.com/2012/09/more-overlays-white-on-white.html)

Both look fantastic.

Laura said...

So I'm wondering, it's been over a year that you painted this dresser, can I ask how it has stood up to everyday life? I'm looking to use ikea bookshelves for some built ins and want to know if its worth the effort? Thanks!! Laura

Pooja said...

My entire bedroom furniture is from ikea (black-brown Malm). When I bought it, I liked it but now I want everything to be white, but can I still use your step to paint it white??
Thank you

Ebonee said...

Where did u get the white accents from?

LaBon said...

next time add extendor to the paint and you won't have issues with brushstrokes showing.

Zig said...

haha sounds exactly like me.. and maybe everyone else!

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