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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

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Adrienne B Henry

Wednesday 27th of January 2021

Can you tell me where the other knobs are from (not the bows). Would really appreciate-love how you mixed!


Thursday 28th of January 2021

Home Depot! :)

Mia Ziba

Wednesday 19th of September 2018

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!!


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

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

Caitlin Helgeson

Wednesday 31st of January 2018

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


Wednesday 26th of September 2018

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


Friday 30th of June 2017

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


Wednesday 28th of June 2017

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