Anchors Away....A DIY Nautical Dresser

Instructions to create your Nautical Dresser  


What you'll need:    

  • 3 drawer white dresser that will fit the Multiple Parts Anchor O’verlay (it is trim-to-fit so sizing should not be an issue unless the dresser is too big) The dresser we used measures 32" high x 35.5" wide. It works on the IKEA Koppang, IKEA Malm, IKEA Hemnes, IKEA Askvoll and some dressers by International Concepts available through Wayfair , Amazon, Target and HomeDepot online.
    Tools needed:
    •  A Level
      • Pencil and Ruler
      • Small Roller brush and a small paint brush for edges and corners
      •  Paint tray
      • Drill (for drawer pull holes if needed) 
      • Blade such as an X-Acto knife (for trimming middle of anchor if needed)


      Step 1: Clean and prep the dresser according the paint manufacturers instructions. 

      Step 2:  Using the middle piece of the Multiple Parts Anchor O’verlay, size it to the middle drawer. 

      If it is too big, lay the panel on the drawer front and mark where to cut so the panel fits. Using a sharp blade, such as an X-Acto Knife, lightly score the mark until cut through, then lightly sand the edges for a clean finish.

      Step 3: Using the level, ruler and pencil, lightly mark on the dresser horizontal 2 ½” stripes that are about 3” apart from each other. 

      Step 4: Using  painters tape, line up the tape with the pencil markings covering the space of the stripe that is 3”. Overlapping multiple pieces of the tape may be required depending on the thickness of tape being used. Repeat this step until the dresser is covered in 3” tape stripes. 

      Step 5: Tape or cover the top of the dresser so no white is exposed, unless you want the top of the dresser to be painted red, in that case, no need for tape!

      IMPORTANT!  Firmly press down the tape especially the edges  to avoid paint from dripping or smudging so you create clean lines.( See Hint below)

      Step 6: Using the Rust-oleum spray paint in "regal red", shake the spray paint and hold the can 6 to 8 inches away from the dresser spraying the un-taped exposed white parts in light even strokes as specified in the paint manufacturer's instructions.  

      Allow to dry for about 30 minutes then apply a second coat. Wait about 20 minutes and carefully peel the tape off. Once all of the tape is off, allow to dry completely. 

      Hint: Lay the dresser on a flat surface with the side being painted flat facing up.  This will prevent dripping.  Wait for the 30 minute dry time, re-position to the next section and repeat.

      Step 7: Once paint is completely dry add the clear matte protective finish to the entire dresser and allow to cure as instructed in the manufacturers instructions.

      Step 8 Clean the O'verlays parts with rubbing alcohol as suggested in the O'verlays instructions. Then lay out the Multiple Parts Anchor O’verlay to ensure the correct sides of the O’verlays are being painted. 

      We used Velvet Finishes Paint in color "Handsome" to paint our O'verlays.  Other paints or spray-paints can also be used.  

      Pour a small amount of paint into the paint tray, use the small paint roller to apply the paint to the surface area.  The O'verlays may need multiple coats to get the true color from the Velvet Finishes Paint or other roller applied paints.   

      Use the small brush to finish the edges of the O'verlays.  

      If spray-painting, one good coat of spray-paint should do it.  Be sure to get around the edges of the panels.
      When painting be sure to follow the paint manufacturers instructions.

      Step 9: Once all the paint has dried on both the O’verlays and the dresser, apply your choice of adhesive evenly to the unpainted side of all 5 pieces of the Multiple Parts Anchor. Be sure not to put too much glue so the excess glue doesn't get pushed out around the outer edges of the O'verlay.  Once again, please follow the adhesive manufacturers instruction for application and dry time.

      Find the center of the dresser, starting with the middle piece of the anchor apply the O'verlay  adhesive side down.

      Place and assemble the rest of the pieces and adjust until the Anchor image is created.  An easy way to do this is to have the drawers out of the dresser standing face side up on a flat surface in the position they would be if in the dresser. This will keep the Anchor from slipping while the adhesive dries.

       Press each piece firmly to the drawer face once the parts are in position.

      Step 10: Attach the drawer knobs onto the drawer faces. If knob holes are not already there, drilling may be required.

      Step 11: Enjoy your finished masterpiece and show it off to the world! 

      Contact us at if you have questions or helpful suggestions. 

      The O'verlays Team

      P.S. We love it when you share before and after pictures of your projects with us.  Please be sure to send them!

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      We really love a good before and after?  Merlyn made this bathroom transformation look so easy, we just had to share it.

       Meryln's bathroom before.

      Her inspiration board brings color and life to this space giving it a fresh easy elegance. 

      The Reveal........

      Thanks Merlyn for sharing your project.  
      We love it!

      The O'verlays Team


      DIY Bar Cart Customize Ikea Vittsjo Desk

      Easy diy Bar Cart 
      so you and your guests will be 
      sipping pretty this holiday season! 

      Here's what you’ll need: 

      Ikea Vittzjo 
       The Desk soon to be Bar Cart:

       Assemble the Ikea Vittsjo Desk according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

       Once complete remove the small screws from the bottom of each leg. 

      You can use this screw as a width guide when buying the screws to attach the bottom shelf. 

       The Bottom Shelf:

       When choosing the material for the shelf, make sure it’s no thinner than 1/2″ or it will bend with the weight of whatever you put on it. We used a 3/4″ thick Melamine board. Melamine is the same material use for closet shelving. Pine board and MDF are other options. 

       Cut the board the same size as the bottom of the desk. The goal is to be able to screw the legs to the corners of the board. 

      Make a template for the drill holes. 
      With a piece of paper line up the corner of the paper with the corner of the leg bottom.

      Draw your drill mark on the board using your template. Line the corner of the template up with the corner of the board and mark. 

       Use a drill bit that’s big enough for the screw to fit through the board and extend out the other side. Carefully drill the hole so you don’t break the corner, which I did first time around. 

       Once drilled you can finish the edges of the board. 

       If you’re using pine or MDF board you should sand any sharp edges and prime the wood for spray painting.

       If using Melamine board, you’ll want to finish the edges using an Iron-on Melamine edging. It is easy to do and it looks great.
       Follow the product instructions for application. 

       Design Element:

       Our design element is the O’verlays Greek Key 4″ x 95″x 1/4″ strip. 
      Other strip options are the Harper Thick, Lolita and Grace Thick strips. 

       Cut the strip into lengths that fit the area you want the O’verlays to cover. We chose to cover the bottom sides and bottom back and the top sides of the cart. That works out to be around 94 inches of strip. 

       To cut the O’verlays use a sharp xacto knife and a ruler to assure straight lines. Score the cut lines with a ruler and a sharp blade and continue scoring until cut through.

       Sand any rough edges.  

       The Paint: 

      There are so many fabulous metallic spray paints to choose from. We chose a Rose Gold by Valspar. Rustoleum also makes a great Metallic spray paint that comes in gold, copper and other various metallics. 

       Before painting, lightly sand the desk and the melamine top and wipe clean. 

       Tape the wheels of the casters if you’re painting them to match the cart.


        Take everything outside or to a well ventilated area prepared for spray painting. Paint according to the manufacture’s instructions.

       Let everything dry thoroughly. 

      Helpful Hint: Be careful not to spray the paint too heavy so you can avoid puddles and drips. When painting the desk, paint the surface that is facing up first then once the paint is dry turn the desk to another section and paint repeating this process until the desk is completely painted. This is the best way to avoid drip marks. 
      This technique also works  for the O’verlays. 

      Putting the Cart Together:

       Turn the table upside down and lay the shelf on the top of the legs lining up the screw holes. 

       Place a small amount of glue in the top of the screw hole and place the screw into place and secure to the table. 

      Add a little glue to the top of the screw for extra strength. Do the same with all sides. 

        With the table still upside down attach the casters to the shelf about and inch or so from the sides at the four corners and secure with small screws. 

      Attaching the O’verlays:

       A clear epoxy will hold best in this project. We like using Loctite clear epoxy. Adhere the O’verlays to the cart and let dry according to the instructions of the adhesive you are using.   

      Let dry thoroughly.

      You’re ready to decorate.

      Cocktails anyone? 

       Happy Holidays, 

       The O’verlays Team


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      Courtesy of: Terrys Fabrics

      Wow Rex...Look at those Door Knockers!

      Meet the Ikea Tarva which had been painted a boring beige...

      Curious to know what the door knockers are all about?  
      Well, lets start from the beginning. This Tarva is just begging for a new life. 
      Commence Tarva makeover now!

      IKEA Tarva 3 Drawer Dresser

      "Luxorious" black paint, by Velvet Finishes Paint was the first step in our beautification mission.
      After a quick sanding, out came the roller and on went the paint.  
      You can also use an interior acrylic black paint if you prefer.  
      We find any paint holds better if you apply a few layers 
      and a top coat of a clear acrylic matte finish to seal the deal.  

      --Be sure to follow the paint manufacturers directions--

      Velvet Finishes

      We did not want to use the standard drawer pulls it came with, so we filled the holes with a wood filler. 
      It's like they never happened! 

      Now the part where the O'verlays Rex Thick  pattern and the Knockers meet.

        We found some Baldwin Door Knockers on the internet and they were on sale!  

      They weren't exactly the color we had in mind but it's amazing what a can of Metallic Spray Paint can do.

      The perfect  golden "Luxorious" combination

      Next we glued the panels to the drawer fronts. 

      --Be sure that the glue you choose bonds plastic to wood--

      Then we drilled holes into the center of each drawer face to attach the knockers. 

      We had to step back and give ourselves a little pat on the back for this one. 

      Beautification mission complete! 

      Where would you put this dresser in your home?

      Let us know!

      The O'verlays Team

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