Custom Mirrored Gigi Panels

We LOVE when you guys send in photos of your creations.  
We get that proud parent feeling... "look at what our babies became!"
Cheryle & I were just talking about doing a piece about mirrored furniture & O'verlays 
and like magic this photo arrived in my inbox from a custom client:

I think my exact "Danika" words were :
"Holy crapsticks! That looks a-MAZ-ing!!!!" 
We immediately wrote back to the creator of this project, Laurie Sternberg, and asked her if she would be willing to do a guest post for us detailing her makeover.  She kindly agreed to give a blow by blow account of the transformation of her piece in a small NYC apartment. 
 (It can get dramatic, but she proves it can be done!) 
AND she explains how easy it is to add mirror to an existing piece.
Wait until you see the before shot, she had amazing vision!  

So here is our O'verlays ninja, Laurie Sternberg:

I wanted a sideboard that would fit a particular place in my dining room.  In particular, I really wanted this one:  

 but there isn't enough ramen in the world to make an extra $3,500 fit into my budget. 
Instead, I scoured Craigslist until I found this faux-wood piece, which had the dimensions I needed.  It was light oak veneer over some pressed wood, I think.  It had paneled doors, and it was dead plain, with the sole exception of the shaker-style arched sides and kickplate.  I bought it for $25.00, plus the cost of listening to my friend's husband complain that he wouldn't have offered to help me carry something six blocks if he knew it was going to be such a piece of junk.  Whatever.

I started by clearing out my husband, my kid, and my dining room.  Refurbishing anything in an NYC apartment is a challenge -- once the rug was rolled up and I had scattered newspapers around, and I bribed a friend to come over and help.  There was barely any room to move, but we got started.  

First, we took off the doors and the hinges.  That proved harder than we thought.  I would like a electric screwdriver for Christmas, please.  Then, we power sanded the top and the doors, and most of the trim.  I happen to live two blocks from a local lumber store (which is unheard of in NYC), so I was able to ask them to make specific cuts of 1/4 inch birch.  I had them cut the birch 1/8" smaller than the side panels, and 1/8" smaller than the kickplate.  I glued the sides and kickplate to the original piece with liquid nails, and followed up with finishing nails, thereby eliminating the "shaker-style" arches. 

We dragged the whole piece down to my "courtyard," which is really the garbage collection area.  Getting that thing in the service elevator was a comedy of errors, since it took two of us to get it in the elevator, but only one of us could fit in there with it.  Once we were set up in the courtyard, we spray painted the inside and out with several coats of Rustoleum High Gloss White, lightly sanding and using a tack cloth in between.  If I had it all to do all over again, I'd paint it with Zinsser Cover Stain, and then oil paint and a roller brush, which would have gone much faster, but I didn't know any better. 

It took two days to spray it, and it took a week for me to get feeling back in my index finger.  The courtyard looks like a compulsive tagger went to town on some kind of straight-edge rampage. 
 Once the piece and the doors were dry, I dragged them back upstairs to my apartment, and touched up the dings I got while we were in the service elevator.  Eventually, I reattached the doors, and changed out the handles to these sparkly crystal balls. 

I had Clinton Glass and Mirror cut some plain, 1/8 inch mirror to fit inside the panels.  Again, I had the cuts made 1/8 inch smaller than the measurements of the inside of the panel, and they fit perfectly.  I glued the mirrors in with liquid nails, and let them cure for 2 days. 

I couldn't decide which O'verlays I wanted, so O'verlays was kind enough to provide a mock up of three different styles created in the measurements I needed.  
(The measurements were the same as the mirrors)... 

I printed four copies of each style, laid them out on my desk as if they were four sets of door panels, and people in my office voted on what doors they liked best.  In the end, I don't know why I bothered, because I went with my first choice, but it was a fun way to be super professional for a week. 

I ordered the Gigi panels, and glued them on with liquid nails while my three year old ate mac and cheese next to me.  That part could not have been easier or less dramatic.


And, ta da!  A decent interpretation of my coveted $3,500 piece, for a grand total of $122. 

Pretty unbelievable don't you think!  
Thank you so much Laurie for sharing this labor of love. If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and we can answer them.

If you have a makeover story you would like to share, 
or a custom piece you need help coming up with a solution for 
please shoot me an email at danika@myoverlays.com .

I can help you come up with custom panels that will turn your old or thrifted piece into something amazing- and I will make it as easy as possible! 


How To: "Metallic O'verlays"- EASY

We are always being asked about painting techniques and ways to make O'verlays look unique, so we decided to start a new series featuring tons of different painting techniques.

  These will range in difficulty and finished from woodgraining to gilding, and we will be sure to rank them for you (easy, intermediate and advanced),
 but please don't shy away from those labeled advanced.  
We are going to make the instructions so that anyone can attempted them,
 and all you might need is a bit more patience.  
Also, if there is a look you'd like to see be sure to comment and let us know. 

To start, we decided to go the easy route for the first with basic metallic finishes.
Metallics are still huge, and gold and brass are hot right now.

We found so many great One-Step finishes available.
 The only skill you will need to know is how to spray paint!

To get started you will need:
-a drop cloth or large piece of cardboard
-well ventilated area (outdoors is best)
-choice of spray paint

Our product is made from a plastic derivative, so while many paints will adhere just fine, those paints that are made for use on plastic are even better. They actually bond to the O'verlay and are almost impossible to scratch off.  If you want best adhesion we recommend using on of those, or priming the surface first with a plastic primer.  


This is very important because every manufacturer has different times, and it can lead to crackling or irregularities in finishes if not followed. OK, now that we got that out of the way lets paint...

To spray, hold can about 12" from the surface and spray a light coat moving back and forth.
Turn the cardboard at 90 degree angles to be sure you get all sides too.
Once dried for the proper time you can apply the finish color.
Apply the finish coat the same way, being sure to get all edges.

If you really want a tough finish that will hold up to excessive abuse  (i.e: if they are going on stair risers) we recommend a clear top coat of polyurethane. 
This can be sprayed as well, and 2 coats is recommended.

There are so many great metallics,  we just had to test a bunch!
Here is a montage of some of our favorites:

First off, we LOVE Rustoleum's Bright Gold!

Covers great and is nice and warm.
ta da!

...and there are tons more colors...


Satin Nickel Finish
Above Close Up

Hammered Silver
(we actually are really impressed by how easy this was to achieve a complex look)
 some close ups...

Another Hammered Metal , but this was made for plastics, so no primer needed:

 Champagne Mist
(when you want something in between gold and silver)

So get spraying!

We would love to see your creations, so please email us at danika@myoverlays.com if you have something you'd like to share.  

Join us next week for a "how to" on making your O'verlays look like wood.


Thinking Inside the Box

I am a list maker.  I am also a very "A.D.D." type person, so I really need them in order to ensure things get done.
I have them everywhere... my iPad, in my purse and on my chalk board door in my kitchen.   

I wanted to share a quick way to dress up the basic chalk board wall or door with our new Anne 19" squares.  I also found it is a great way to organize thoughts and lists.
I took a standard flat door in my kitchen and painted it with chalk board paint.
I then stuck 3 Anne squares down the center evenly spaced...

And voila! 
I had my To Do's, Important Events and Shopping List nicely arranged.
If you have kids you can assign them each one to give them reminders, etc.

 If you don't feel like painting entire walls you can just trace the inside of the Anne on the wall, and paint slightly outside those lines to make sure the area is covered. Then once it is dry glue the Anne on to finish it off.
(I really wasn't up for painting around mine, so please excuse my lousy Photoshop skills...)

And don't forget...

Happy O'verlaying!


Yay for School!!!

We're having a "Back to School" Sale!

Now that the kids are back at school it's time to get those projects going that you've been thinking about all summer!

Pippa Kit applied to the wall using Pippa extensions

Greek Key Squares 19" to dress up a plain flat door

Xandra Starburst on IKEA Efectiv doors

Go to our website www.myoverlays.com and get a 15% discount by typing YAYSCHOOL in the coupon code box.

Have fun!

Danika & Cheryle xo

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