Caroline’s Dresser Makeover

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared a DIY post and I am pretty pumped about my latest project — Caroline’s Ikea dresser makeover! First, I have to say that we love the Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser so much that we have THREE of them — one in each of our rooms (including our master bedroom). The dresser is high quality at an affordable price! However, I really wanted to dress Caroline’s up a bit and that is where O’verlays comes in!

O’verlays are decorative fretwork panels that come in several patterns and sizes. They are light weight and easily attach to furniture, doors, walls and glass. For my project I chose the Anne O’verlays kit in the 1/4″ thick material.

The o’verlays are also paintable so I decided to use leftover paint from Caroline’s room so the dresser would perfectly match the walls. This was truly a labor of love and in hindsight I would strongly recommend a quick spray paint over painting by brush. It took me several weekends sitting on the garage floor painting 34958349524 sides of each piece to complete the painting part of this project. Lesson learned.

For the next part of the project I had to call in the more patient person in our home — Matt. He is so meticulous that I knew he would carefully glue, measure and level every single piece to get the perfect placement on each drawer. And as I suspected — he nailed it.

His audience was very impressed.

If you’re looking at both thickness options, this is what the 1/4 kit looks like up close!

I also replaced all the original hardware and am obsessed with these bow drawer knobs. They are soooo cute and perfect for Caroline’s room.

Ta – da!!! The makeover reveal!

We have a few more things to finish up before I share the rest of Caroline’s room but I am super excited about how we jazzed up her dresser!


Project Materials & Sources

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

Anne O’verlays kit (1/4″ thick material) c/o

Paint Color: White Dogwood by Sherwin Williams


Liquid Nails

Bow Drawer Knobs


Lamp + Shade



  1. Corie @ Life in the Mitten
    June 27, 2017 / 1:58 am

    The dresser turned out perfectly! I have the Hemnes dresser on my shopping list for our guest room!

  2. Erin Barnes
    June 27, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Love this!

  3. Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    June 27, 2017 / 2:57 am

    Those bow drawer knobs are perfect!

  4. Laura Darling
    June 27, 2017 / 11:27 am

    This turned out so cute!

  5. Faith
    June 27, 2017 / 12:22 pm

    This really turned out so good!

  6. sara [at] journey of doing
    June 27, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Wow – this turned out so good!! Love, love, love those bow drawer pulls!

  7. Kheira Westphal
    June 27, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Whoa! Looks SO good!!

  8. Penny Struebig
    June 27, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    That looks amazing! I kind of want to ditch some of my furniture and do some projects with these overlays!

  9. Katie S
    June 27, 2017 / 2:26 pm

    The dresser looks so good!! I'm filing that away for my daughter's room someday!

  10. Lauren Honeycutt
    June 27, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    It looks beautiful! I want that dresser for MY room!

  11. Courtney Gregory
    June 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    Wow!! The dresser looks amazing! Love those bow knobs!

  12. Jessi @ Jessi's Design
    June 27, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    SWOON! Those bow knobs!

  13. LHWinstead
    June 27, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    This looks AMAZING!! I am so impressed!! Still wondering how you have the time for everything you do lol

  14. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    June 27, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    It turned out SO cute!! I love it!

  15. Annie
    June 27, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Obsessed! Sooo cute!

  16. Leslie
    June 27, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    So cute! I love those bow knobs!

  17. Owen Davis @ Davis Duo
    June 27, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    LOVE!! So adorable and perfect for her room!

  18. Lizzie Simantz
    June 28, 2017 / 3:04 am

    Soooo pretty!

  19. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    June 28, 2017 / 1:32 pm

    So cute! And i just love the bow knobs x

  20. Sara
    June 28, 2017 / 8:16 pm

    This looks awesome! I've been wanting to try the overlays for the IKEA furniture. Love this!

  21. Brittany
    June 30, 2017 / 1:39 am

    It's an amazing transformation it dresses it up so much and the sweet bows and pink are so perfect for a girly room !!

  22. Caitlin Helgeson
    January 31, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Where did you find the gold drawer knobs? The link is not working. Thanks!

    • Christina
      September 26, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      just updated the link! thank you!! they are from Crate Kids!

  23. Mia Ziba
    September 19, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Same question as Caitlin – can you tell me where the gold drawer knobs are from? I’m having a hard time finding gold knobs to match the bows. Love the dresser – thanks for the inspiration!!

    • Christina
      September 26, 2018 / 5:09 pm

      Land of Nod! But now I think Crate Kids has them. I just updated the links — didn’t realize they were sold out!

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