Patchwork Dresser: A West Elm-Inspired IKEA Hack

PANYL is a company that makes flexible, self-adhesive vinyl film that is pre-cut to the dimensions of specific IKEA furniture models. You can customize your IKEA furniture using dozens of different vinyl finishes, from bright pink to wood grain to aluminum. One of the owners of PANYL, Dan Goldman, recently wrote us about one of his own IKEA hacks — this one inspired by West Elm's Patchwork Dresser.

Recently, someone forwarded me a West Elm newsletter featuring their new Patchwork Dresser and said it reminded them of PANYL. I already had an IKEA ODDA 3-drawer chest with a large bottom drawer and two upper drawers. To mimic the West Elm piece I needed contrasting wood tones and a mixture of vertical and horizontal grain direction.
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After removing the drawer handles, Dan rummaged through the remnant stock for right-sized samples of PANYL patterns that echoed the look of the West Elm piece. He chose Ebony (the newest woodgrain finish) on the bottom, Dark Walnut (coming soon at PANYL) on the upper left and Pale Oak on the upper right.

He trimmed the remnant pieces down with scissors to be roughly a half inch wider than the drawer panel dimensions. Dan explains:

After applying the vinyl across the front surface, I spent a few minutes running my fingers along the edges at a 45 degree angle. I wanted there to be a pronounced crease in the PANYL along the edges of the drawer, so that I could easily trim away the excess edge material with a snap-blade knife. In so doing I could achieve a perfectly flush look.

Dan then wrapped the handles with brushed-gold PANYL, which actually took more time (15 minutes) than the 10 minutes it took to wrap and trim all three drawer panels.

The West Elm piece is listed for $999, and the IKEA ODDA costs $99. Dan used roughly $50 worth of PANYL, bringing the hijacked piece in at one sixth of the price.

Thanks, Dan!

(Images: West Elm, PANYL)

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