Ikea Malm Dresser Goes Glam

A few months ago I ran across this AMAZING product from these uber talented ladies, Danika and Cheryle from O’Verlays.  These gals have created a way to dress up Ikea dressers, nightstands and tables with lightweight, decorative fret-work panels.

I knew I needed storage in my home office but didnt want to spend a ton of money so this was the perfect solution for me!

I bought the Ikea Malm dresser in white and added a white glass top.

I then ordered the Greek Key fret from O’Verlays .

They come in white, which I could have just used them as is:

But I felt I needed a little more boo-ya bling so I spray painted them gold. Now Danika and Cheryle recommend you prime them first, then paint them; well you know me, impatient girl- I just slapped that gold spray paint on.  And so far so good.

I attached the little stickies to the back and secured them to my dresser.  Danika and Cheryle also recommend you use little brad nails to attach them to the dresser, but I didnt want to make any holes in mine in case I decide to change things up (which Im known to do).  So they seem to hold just fine.

Here’s the BEFORE:

And the AFTER:





So much better!!

I also picked up these beautiful magenta flowers from the grocery store last night.  Aren’t they lovely?

I CAN NOT wait to get this office done!  Just a few more things to do and I will then have it photographed by my beautiful and wonderfully talented photographer and share the photos with you soon!  **Edited: Office is DONE- you can see it HERE  and HERE ****


36 thoughts on “Ikea Malm Dresser Goes Glam”

  1. Cheryle says:

    Looks beautiful!

  2. Stacy Curran says:

    Amanda, I love that you sprayed them gold! And I totally would have skipped the primer, too…much too impatient. It looks amazing!

  3. Tiffany @ Savor Home says:

    LOVE it! So creative. Dying to see the rest!

  4. Are you serious??? It looks a million bucks now! 🙂

    It’s gorgeous!!! I’m honestly in love!!!

    Have a wonderful day!, Amanda.


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  5. Desiree says:

    Wow, wow, wow! It look gorgeous! The gold really makes a statement. I can’t wait for the full reveal of your office. By the way, I finally found a coffee table to paint gold. After seeing your I had to have one!

  6. Jordan says:

    would you mind emailing me and letting me know where you got the glass top for the dresser? did you have to have it specially cut?

    thank you! your new dresser is unbelievable!

    jordanmarisasilverman @ gmail dot com

  7. Kathysue says:

    Amanda, this looks fantastic!! I love overlays and how they transform a simple piece of furniture!! Great job and perfect choices on your part,Kathysue

  8. Glam at Home says:

    WOW!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Nest Studio says:

    I’m a new follower. Great job with the overlays!!! I am tempted to try some myself on a bathroom vanity.

  10. elizabeth@themustardceiling says:

    Gorgeous! Overlays are such a terrific way to spruce up furniture. I love the gold touch you added too.

  11. Mrs. DeVore says:

    you’re a genius! LOVE this!!

  12. Desiree says:

    Do you mind sharing what brand and color of spray paint you used?

  13. Shannon says:

    Love, love, love!!! It’s gorgeous and when you want to change it you can. Incredible!

  14. Jessica says:

    Love the makeover- simple but high impact!

    Question, where is that rug from? love it!

  15. What a beautiful dresser! I’ve never seen a product like that! How interesting! I’m visiting from A2D. Thanks for sharing!~ Kim

  16. cornerofmain.com says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing =) What a quick and easy idea to spruce up an inexpensive dresser.
    ~Kelly @ Corner of Main

  17. emily says:

    Shut the front door! The dresser looks amazing!

  18. i’ve been eyeing those overlays for a while but don’t have an ikea dresser hanging around the house. love what you’ve done, esp with the gold!!


  19. KristenK says:

    Another question if you don’t mind, each of the overlays is $25? That’s a pretty steep price for one. You spent almost/as much on the overlays as the chest?

  20. KristenK says:

    Oops, not sure where my first question went. Do you mind me asking where you got the glass top? I’ve been looking for one for a desk and the glass places here are asking for 3x the cost of the desk to custom cut and bevel one…. Thanks!

  21. KristenK says:

    Thanks Amanda. I was hoping maybe they came in a pack of 2 🙂

    I wish someone would actually laser cut thin wood like this. Michaels used to carry cute wood trim but they’ve even dropped that from their line.

    It’s gorgeous!

  22. I love love love the change! I have been anxious to use this product… Glad to see they look amazing! And I totally understand the “can’t wait” and don’t want it to be too permeant!

    Tiffany {Living Savvy}

  23. Great transformation! I love the colors!

  24. Chris says:

    I was scrolling through all my links on my blog party, and I was stopped in my tracks when I saw yours! I have that same Malm dresser, and I’ve been pondering if I should do something to the drawer panels! Hello! This is so spectacular! Thanks so much for sharing! I know people will love it.

  25. Hi Amanda. This is just beautiful. I would love to feature your dresser tomorrow. I am so inspired to use the overlays now! LOVE.

  26. Decorchick! says:

    This is SO awesome Amanda. I have never seen anything like that before! Such a great idea. Your office is looking AMAZING!!!

  27. Ange says:

    Wow! Love the gold and the greek key! I don’t know why I’ve never come across your blog before but am definitely following!

  28. Sherryd says:

    Love your makeover! I’ve got to bookmark this!!!

  29. Saw your dresser over at A Thoughtful Place and just love it!! The Greek Key overlay is simply stunning! 🙂

  30. This is beyond OUTSTANDING! Made my heart skip a beat 🙂 Thanks for letting us know how you did it….I’m now a new follower of your blog and glad I found you!

  31. I saw your dresser on A Thoughtful Place.
    WOW! It looks like a high-end designer piece…really fabulous!

  32. sara says:

    ah, this looks great! What kind of sticker did you use to stick these to the ikea dresser?

  33. Anonymous says:

    what size Greek key overlay did you use for this malm dresser? thanks

  34. Tess says:

    Where did you get the Greek key rug under the table?

  35. Sarah Sarna says:


  36. What a super amazing outcome. It when from blah to uber fab. Hope you don’t mind if I steel it.

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