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DIY Rattan Dresser Makeover

turned a plain white dresser into this beachy beauty with a few simple hacks

My daughter's nursery in our new house is pink and blue with some natural and beachy elements mixed in. Her white Louis Philippe-style dresser is perfectly functional but...kinda plain and very boring.

the "before"

Being a novice DIY-er, I never really thought anything of it, until I stumbled on O'verlays. They make decorative panels to dress up your walls or, in my case, furniture. The panels are paint-able, easy to attach, and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

I was planning on just glamming up the dresser drawers with their Anne panels, until the latest Frontgate catalog arrived. I was flipping through with a glass of Chardonnay, taking pictures of various pages (anyone else take pictures of pictures...? Just me?) I spotted the Marion dresser and thought to myself "Hold the phone...I think I can totally use those panels to hack that!" And the rest, as they say, is history!

For this project, you'll need:

  • A dresser with flat front drawers

  • Anne panels from Overlays

  • Some sort of rattan or grasscloth looking material

The project is pretty self-explanatory:

1) Remove any drawer hardware.

2) Cut your material down to the size/shape as your Overlays Anne panels.

  • I used a rattan looking fabric from JoAnn, but if i were to do this again, I would use a material with a little more structure - the fabric had some stretch to it, which made it susceptible to sagging, and it frayed at the ends. Burlap, grasscloth wallpaper, or cane webbing come to mind but get creative!

  • I used my Cricut to cut the fabric, but it would be just as easy to cut your material by hand.

3) Attach the front of your fabric to the panel using glue dots. Feel free to use another adhesive; just make sure the material sits flush against the panel.

4) Attach the panel to your drawer front. I used super glue, but again, feel free to use another adhesive.

5) Reattach your drawer hardware, being careful not to rip your material while screwing through it!

  • This is a great time to replace your drawer hardware, especially if the new knobs or pulls don't match the existing holes. The existing holes will be covered by the panels; I just filled mine with some wood filler and then drilled new holes!



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