At the beginning of the year, I promised you a makeover of my son’s room. Well, guess what? I finally finished it. And then guess what? We moved, literally, the very next day! In fact, his room was the last one we cleared out of the house, because I was still taking pictures. Because I keep my promises y’all. Even if that makes me a crazy person.
Truthfully, most of it was done, and had been done for a while. But I had really been wanting to figure out something to jazz up his Ikea MALM dresser. I just think these dressers can’t be beat. Super sturdy, clean design, and ridiculously affordable. But it was a little too clean and plain for an 11-year old boy’s room, especially since I was trying to incorporate a little bit of weathered industrial-ness to the whole vibe.
Enter my new best friend, PANYL.
PANYL is a supremely easy to use self-adhesive industrial-grade vinyl created specifically for customizing IKEA furniture. What!? That’s like, all my dreams coming true in one sentence.
It comes pre-cut in precisely measured pieces, so all you have to do is peel and stick. Easy to apply, no-VOC or harmful off-gases, and no mess! It won’t fade or peel, and comes in everything from wood-grain to polka-dots. The wood grains are my favorite! (I believe there are also a few options for West Elm furniture too).
And I love this fool-proof feature: As you apply PANYL, air escapes through tiny, etched grooves in the adhesive layer. If you assemble IKEA furniture, you’re overqualified.
So, here we were before:
And a mere 30 minutes later (most of which was spent trying to put the drawers back IN, why is that so difficult with drawers anymore? I swear you need two extra people plus a life coach nearby to talk you through it.) Anyway, a mere 30 minutes later and …
Voila! It looks awesome! The panels lined up exactly, and I mean exactly. I was a teensy bit off when I applied the first one, and had to trim it ever so slightly with a razor blade. But once I figured that out, the other five were a breeze. It truly was the easiest vinyl I’ve ever applied to anything. Very high quality to the touch. I chose ‘Driftwood’ from the wood grain selections, and couldn’t be happier with the look.
It’s slightly textured with a matte finish, it looks like the real deal. I love that it’s super heavy-duty too, it has easily withstood two eager boys, a curious greyhound, and a move to a new house.
And please come back later today for the entire room reveal! Double exciting!
Disclaimer: PANYL provided me with product for this post, all opinions are 100% my own.