Panyl® is a great heavy, durable vinyl DIY furniture covering. It’s easy to peel from its backing, stick down and smooth out the adhesive-backed sheets onto IKEA furniture. Or buy it by the foot for use on just about anything with a smooth surface, from furniture to appliances to walls. I used it first on my dishwasher and then applied it to a Brimnes IKEA dresser I put in my kitchen. It comes in many colors and metallic finishes like pewter and wood grains. For many IKEA pieces, it has cut-to-size parts, for pieces such as a Malm bed or Expedit/Kallax bookcases.
It’s Easy to Adapt to Anything
For my Brimnes dresser in the kitchen, I wanted a color to coordinate with the kitchen hardware and go from straight red to a more interesting, bold design. I used a combination of by-the-foot brushed aluminum and chevrons that were pre-cut for the IKEA Bookcases. I layed out the sides and top of the Malm in illustration software to see how the chevrons would fit and how much to buy. As you can see in the final result, I improvised a little from the plan, adding some extra chevron parts.
Use on Appliances
I used the by-the-foot brushed aluminum on my dishwasher front (pictured below). While there are stainless steel adhesive sheets out there, I wanted the subtler sheen of the Panyl® pewter finish. It was very easy to cut and re-position as needed for getting the fit correct. I simply peeled it back off and corrected the alignment. Smoothing out any wrinkles was easy with either your fingers or the handy burnisher that came with my order. It went around corners without a hitch. It is scratch-resistant and a few months in, it has held up well.
How to DIY
Panyl has some great tutorials and you can get samples for $2 or free when signing up for their newsletter. It was also nice that they package each order with a small practice sheet. Give it a try!