Dresser Do Over + O’verlays Giveaway

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

My stepdaughter moved in with us while she is taking a year off and working before continuing her education. She lives in the little studio above our garage so she has the best of both worlds, a place to call her own and her family close by. She traveled to South America for a few months but since she returned home in December, we’ve been fixing up the studio to suit her style using most of the pieces from her navy and coral bedroom I pulled together for her when she was in college.

She was in need of a small dresser that also served as a nightstand so I painted over this IKEA Koppang chest turned bone inlay lookalike from last year (she found the pattern too busy for her taste and hey it’s just paint!) My girl loves navy and white with coral or pink so I worked with that palette again. I lightly sanded the dresser and gave it a few extra thin coats of Glidden’s ‘Rich Navy’ which formed the base of the original chest makeover from last year.

white tray on navy chest

I used the DeeDee O’verlays fretwork panels for this dresser, just enough to give the drawers a little contrast and curvy detail. I’ve used these panels before (see this dresser update) as have many bloggers, they are a fabulous way to get a high end look for less!

navy ikea koppang with overlays

O’verlays are so easy to apply, I use cotton swabs and Liquid Nails to apply them to the surface of the drawers (make sure the paint has cured for at least 24 hours and is completely dry). This O’verlay pattern partnered with nickel ring pulls purchased at mimics the style of the iconic Dorothy Draper Espana chest.

overlays with ring pulls

The navy Greek key trim is from M&J Trimmings, I sewed it on the edge of a plain white curtain. The lamp is one of two raspberry gourd lamps I bought from Lamps Plus (the twin is in the upstairs guest room). The blue accent pillows I made from a single Target curtain panel, the brushstroke accent pillow is my own design. The white mirrored tray is Nate Berkus from Target, the inlay chevron frame was purchased at Anthropologie a few years ago.

navy overlays chest of drawers


white tray on navy nightstand


Today O’verlays is offering three lucky winners a $75 shop credit for your own makeover, custom or prefab IKEA kits available. O’verlays are lightweight decorative panels that are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass.

Eligibility to win one of three O’verlays $75 shop credits:

1) Pick a favorite pattern at O’verlays then name it in a comment on this blog post, that’s it!

Three winners chosen at random, giveaway ends on Saturday April 11, 2015 at midnight PST. By entering this giveaway you agree to this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Good luck!

Brushstrokes Print + Fabric Storage Buckets

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Greetings friends and happy April Fools Day, watch out for tricksters! Today I’m sharing another print from the collection I created for spring, this is a bold brushstrokes print called Wild & Free! There are three vibrant colorways and I had a lot of fun designing this one too. I even made a dress out of the navy and pink version I loved it so much!

This pattern is an expression of purposeful imperfection – the lovely thing I’ve discovered on this fabric design journey is I can create a repeat with imperfect details (like these brushstrokes) yet within it there is symmetry and rhythm so the imperfection continues on and on through the yardage and as it flows throughout it becomes something truly beautiful in itself and I just love that.

wild and free fabric kate riley

Remember that campaign desk I painted Kelly green years ago? I’ve still got it and won’t ever part with it, the desk is one of my favorite thrift store finds! It’s getting moved to my son’s room which will be the perfect next space for its history in our home.

brushstroke fabric buckets on desk

I made these charming little storage buckets with one yard of the Wild & Free fabric in the Leaf colorway in heavy cotton twill. It’s best to use a heavier weight fabric like twill, canvas, or denim for this project.

twill brushstroke buckets

To recreate, here’s what you’ll need: 1 yard of heavy cotton twill, denim, or canvas fabric in 58” width, 1 cheap flexible plastic binder, 8 ½” salad plate (for measurement), Sharpie pen, thread, scissors, flexible measuring tape, sewing machine.

Step One: Use a Sharpie to outline a salad plate on both sides of your cheap plastic binder then cut out the plastic circle. (I used plastic instead of cardboard so that the bins are washable.) Yes you’re sacrificing a perfectly good binder for a greater cause!

cut circle

Here’s the diagram of the cuts of fabric on a 58” wide piece of twill, denim, or canvas fabric to make two buckets. Use the plastic cut out to guide cutting out the fabric circles allowing for ½” fabric beyond edge of circle for sewing.


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