PANYL: My new best friend

PANYL: My new best friend

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.

panyl before full

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).


panyl luv


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:

panyl 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 …


panyl after


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.


panyl up close

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.

panyl before full


panyl after 2

I’m planning to share a PANYL giveaway soon, exciting! In the meantime, here are a few links to learn more about PANYL, see which IKEA products it works with, and how to install it.


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.



  1. August 23, 2013 / 4:01 PM

    Super cool Lindsey!I need one too for my new Malm dresser in my son’s room! thanks!!!!!

  2. August 23, 2013 / 5:01 PM

    Very cool. I’ve been a FB fan of Panyl for awhile. Sadly, the closest IKEA stores are 450 miles from me. Happily, they are building one near me now that should open in a little more than a year. Woo hoo! xo

  3. jenxo
    August 23, 2013 / 9:23 PM

    oh wow, wonder if it is in Australia too…I do love those mismatched woodgrain ones too… would have been perfect for my tv unit that I punched big holes in the darwers whilst fitting it together…however I do like my rulers 🙂

  4. Sarah
    August 24, 2013 / 4:59 AM

    This is genius.

  5. Britt
    August 25, 2013 / 3:05 PM

    VERY cool, whoever came up with that=genious! Definite upgrade

  6. Britt
    August 25, 2013 / 3:06 PM

    *genius. gah

  7. Lauren
    August 28, 2013 / 5:38 AM

    I love this! Awesome job 🙂 What woodgrain color did you use for the very bottom drawer (the super long one) on the second dresser (the one with four drawers)? Im on right now: is this called Ebony or perhaps Rosewood? Thanks a million!

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