Today I’m really excited to tell you about a décor product that will help you transform affordable or secondhand furniture into something truly fabulous, unique and expensive looking. And it’s just been brought to Australia.
These lightweight, decorative fretwork panels come in several patterns and sizes. They are paintable and easily attach to furniture, mirrors, walls and glass. I’ve seen O’verlays on American blogs for years and thought they were amazing but could never find someone to deliver them to Australia. Luckily for me, Sydney-based Therese Tarlinton has now brought them here. At about $20 per panel, I think they’re going to be ridiculously popular!
“Meeting up with the creator in America, I immediately saw its potential,” she said. “After discussing the traditional distribution arrangement, where currency fluctuations and shipping schedules can greatly impact the success of a company, I suggested they look at licensing, so the panels could be made locally in Australia.”
Therese has many years’ experience in branding and PR and recently sold a business and started a new one, UPstyled. “I knew the potential of taking a brand name that was a leader in its category and creating a product that Aussies could connect with,” she says. After designing for many years for licenses she held in the baby industry, Therese decided to formalise her knowledge and last year concluded her studies in design and decoration. “I realised that although I love styling, I wanted to introduce new products to Australia – but this time for passionate, design loving adults.”
Inspired by Australian interior designer Greg Natale’s designs using mouldings and patterns, she searched for a product that could offer a designer look to people who yearned for Coco Republic or La Maison, but only had an IKEA budget. O’verlays were the answer. “They offer that refined, layered look to furniture for people with a real life budget who are time poor. The Overlays are cut to size, so after painting them (or you can leave them white) you simply attach to your furniture with liquid nails. You don’t have to design qualifications; you just need to open a tube of glue.”
Therese adds: “I think O’verlays will be popular with people who want to put together beautiful rooms using basic flatpack or vintage furniture and, in doing so, inspire their friends who adore maximum visual return for minimal financial outlay.”
They’re easy to buy online. You can search by popular Ikea furniture items or by pattern and you can even request custom sizes and designs. There are a couple of Ikea chests of drawers in my bedroom just screaming out for these. Maybe I’ll even give it a go myself and share the results with you later!
Cattle and Cushions says
I am so damn excited about o’verlays finally available for us in Australia! They will absolutely be a hit here!
I love these!
Stylish Kylie says
Oh yes – I can see how cool they would be. Now to find an old chest of drawers on eBay.
I have so many pieces screaming out for this. I was going to buy wallpaper and give my pieces the same kind of treatment, but these will be far more suitable. Can’t wait to put in an order!
Jen, I think you just unleashed the DIY demon in us all. I’ll be racing home to measure up my Ikea shoe cabinet. The hardest decision will be choosing a colour to paint the O’verlay panel.
Mads Allman says
What an amazing product, amazing article can’t wait to get my ikea drawers sorted!!
Therese this is soooo cool!
Vanilla Annie says
LOVE LOVE LOVE. My Malm draws are screaming for some of these.
it is just such a clever idea…. so simple!
Lisa Rothen says
What’s fabulous idea….I have been wanting to update my chest of drawers for some time now and I now have just the thing to help me achieve the look I want…thanks for sharing your discovery.
Michele Deece says
I have lusted after these for years and having lived in the States was lucky enough to have some in my home. Now that these are in Australia – there will be no stopping me. Awesome product and yes the most difficult decision will be what colour to paint them!
Road side finds is looking good with overlays
Michele B says
These are so clever!!
Therese Tarlinton says
Thank you for all the great comments. I can’t wait for all the Interiors Addicts to transform some Ikea pieces, so I can share the results with everyone.
Therese @ O’verlays
Lu Reeves says
Juliet Interiors says
Finally!!! What an amazing product and it’s right here at our door step. Couldn’t be happier to have these overlays at my fingertips with the amazing Therese. I have many Ikea pieces…. now they are waiting for their makeovers 🙂
xxx Juliet Interiors xxx
Samantha Bailey says
This is an amazing idea and like all the best ones it is fabulously simple. I just wish I had come up with it!!!
This is going to knock straight out of the park!
Catherine Whitting says
Therese I absolutely love these products! Every home in Australia is craving for a delicious O’verlay! Especially to revamp a tired kid used and finger printed IKEA anything! Resene paints would be brilliant on these.. . Maybe O’verlays could launch in NZ as well! I hear another international Upstyled Travelling Tour coming on !!!
Kate Barnes says
Love that blue and gold Gatsby style one. Endless colour combo possibilities. Fabulous!
Wow – This is magnificent. It looks superb. It adds so much bling to something so simple.
Amazing!!! This really dpes excite me.
Have been admiring high end furniture with these designs for years, so will be great to see them available down under.