A Thank You Trifecta

We have had a couple days jammed packed with surprises around here, and we just want to say thanks.
First off, we have to thank you guys for supporting,  buying our product and making us look so damn good with the amazing transformations you do.
Without you we'd be no where- just a heap of fretwork.  
We love getting your pictures back with your finished products.  Its a bit like seeing your child all grown up for us, what they turned into- so please keep those pictures coming.

We also want to thank our Facebook fans for keeping us so well in the loop.
Things have been crazy busy around here, and we haven't been able to stop long enough to read a magazine or website as often as we'd like- so it was a complete shocker and treat when we got the heads up from you guys that O'verlays were in HGTV magazine and in the Swedish magazine Skona Hem this month!
(Thank you 3 Doors Down Home Staging & Clara!)

Check out these bits of fabulousness:

Designer/Blogger Lindsey Cheek had her house featured in the latest issue of HGTV magazine.
We were so excited to see our Danika panels in her nursery painted hot pink on the Malm:
And if you think this looks good, head over to her blog Fifi Cheek to see the whole house and article.
Girl got talent!

We got this picture from Skona Hem sent to us by our Swedish customer Clara:

We haven't had a chance to see the actual magazine yet, but we remember working with designer Kristina Lifors  on these custom panels for a mirrored PAX.

And finally,  featured us yesterday in a Easiest DIY Ever article.
Just thrilled, and we are in such great company here too!

We are completely grateful and so excited for all the love!


Make your own Antique Mirror: Part 1

Here at O'verlays we have been trying to figure out how to add mirror to many Ikea pieces, but the big problem we kept running into was the thickness of the mirror.
When added to a flat drawer front with an O'verlay on top, you could still see the edge of the mirror behind the O'verlay panel.  This meant needing to put a framed molding around to hide the edges. Too much work, and our main reason for making O'verlays was to give you an easy to do look.

SO after much product testing and many failures, 
we figured out how to make "antiqued mirrored contact paper".
It is super thin and unnoticeable from behind an O'verlay, 
so all you need to do is follow this how to, cut and paste away.  

This is the Cliff Notes how to version.  
Danika did an extensive post over on her DIY blog Gorgeous Shiny Things 
with links to all the products used and other helpful recommendations, 
so we suggest reading that one too if you are going to make it.
Enter the two main players for this look:
Get Grafix Clear Plastic Lay here and we recommend using the .01 thickness if you can
and Krylon Looking Glass spray at Michael's or other craft stores.
you also need a cans of gold and black spray paint (any brand), a damp sponge, a bowl of water, a hair dryer and spray adhesive AND a well ventilated space.

 1) Tape down a good sized piece of  Clear Plastic Lay
 2) Apply 2 coats of Looking Glass Spray
 3) blow dry between coats

 4) spray a light coat of  gold spray paint on and blow dry

 5) Splatter with water
 6) Spray with Looking Glass Spray
 7) Blow dry for about 10 seconds to set the paint
8) Blot up the water drops with a sponge, this will leave the drop mark look, and dry
and repeat all the steps again to get a layered patina look
 It should look something like this:
Flip it over, the painted side is going to be the backside.
Now lay it on a black surface and see if you are happy with the results.
Mess around some more if you aren't other wise you can spray the backside with a light coat of black spray paint (see Danika's blog to understand why) and let it dry.

Now to apply to your furniture.

We tested this on a Rast drawer front and a Malm.

 First you need to trim the plastic to the sizes you  need.
We laid our O'verlays on the plastic and found two areas we liked:

Next, carefully trace with a Sharpie making sure not to get marker on the O'verlay:
and then cut about 1/4-1/2" in from the line so it will be a little smaller than the panel.*
(*It is important to have the O'verlay attach directly to the dresser. 
We tried this where the O'verlay and the mirror were the same size, but the O'verlay didn't stay put when it was only attached to the smooth mirror part. By making the mirror smaller you get an outer edge on the O'verlay that will make direct contact with glue & the dresser.  This also sandwiches the mirror in place.)

You can apply these by lightly spraying the backsides with Spray Adhesive and pressing in place:
someone needs a manicure!

OR we liked this idea:
1. Spray the backside of the O'verlay with Spray Adhesive

2. Press the mirrored plastic onto the backside

3. Apply Liquid nails glue along the edge of the O'verlay and apply like  you normally would

 Voila! What do you think?
Stay tuned, we have a whole bunch more mirrored applications coming up!


Hit or Miss: Going a size smaller

We are constantly testing things out around these parts, so we decided to start a new segment over here at the blog called "Hit or Miss".  
Sometimes we nail it, sometimes we fail it... 
and the results are usually interesting or at least insightful, so we decided to share.

When IKEA launched it's Tarva line, we began playing
 around with already existing pieces to see if they would fit.  
We knew many of the 7x29" sizes would, but what if we went smaller... l
ike those pieces designed to fit the RAST?  
Enter our guinea pig, Quatrefoil 7.25"x23":
We already had the Tarva painted in a faux Driftwood finish, so now we just needed an interesting color combo for the O'verlays.  We liked the rusted copper/driftwood combo of Restoration Hardware's  Louis XVI Treillage Dresser, so that became the inspiration:

We sprayed the O'verlays with Krylon's Fusion in Terracotta. 
Once dry we then sponged  Modern Master's Copper Paint over it.
 We also added the copper paint to the edges of the Tarva 
(no spray paint under it though)

The O'verlays went on and here are the results, more of a centered design with a much larger reveal:

What do you think about going smaller?
Hit or Miss?

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