Tuesday

Reflect on Christmas Present(s)


"Tis the season to be jolly" 

...and spend all your money on stuff people don't really want!   Bah humbug........



Only kidding.....We love getting into the Holiday giving spirit.  It's most fun when the gift is something that's handmade, looks fantastic and doesn't break the bank.  Everyone gets joy from that kind of present!  Oh and did I mention easy and fast to make?

Well we've got a beauty for you.  It's a Hi-Lo project. An expensive looking mirror for less using O'verlays!  

High end mirrors like this sell for over $200 for each mirror:

These mirrors cost over $200.00 each!! 


 ...... two mirrors is how much?

YIKES!!



Why pay hundreds when you can make your own?
 This O'verlays DIY mirror will cost about $20 per mirror! That's right, drop one of those zeros.



This is what you'll need:

One package of LOTS Mirrors from IKEA (it comes as a 4 pack) = $9.99

12" x 12" O'verlay square in 1/4" thickness Quatrefoil or Diamond Pattern = $15.00 per square (sale price)

  Any color latex paint or spray paint that you like (spray paint is easiest and comes in a Lacquer finish like the $200 mirror) No oil based paint please

Silicon adhesive or the thick heavy duty Permanent Glue Dots



Prepare your O'verlay by sanding rough edges and wipe it clean with rubbing alcohol.



If spray painting, place it in a spot outside where the wind won't blow dirt, leaves, etc., into the wet paint. Spray well making sure to cover the edges as well as the top then bring indoors to dry. If using regular interior latex paint, paint the edges with a brush and "roll" the paint onto the top (you will need 2 coats with regular paint and a quick spray of a matte or high gloss clear finish after it has dried for 24 hrs.) Be sure to paint both sides of the panel if you are using a color.  You will see the reflection of the backside of the O'verlays panel in the mirror.

Let paint dry overnight




Apply the O'verlays to the mirror using the glue of your choice. (The Glue Dots are super easy - be sure to get the dots that hold fast to mirror!)

If using silicone, let glue dry according to the instructions on the tube. Then add the double sided tape that comes with the LOTS Mirror Pack for hanging.  Keep one side of the tape unpeeled if giving as a gift.

Done!!!  It's that easy.




Learn how to gild the same O'verlays in gold or silver as a mirror frame in our next Post. Another super-easy and beautiful look.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The O'verlays® Team

How To: Glow in the dark furniture!

Remember the glow in the dark stars you stuck to your ceiling as a kid?  Well this do-it-yourself project will do one better.

 The end result? A funky piece that is easy to make (and seriously cool looking.)


The table itself is the Nordli nightstand from Ikea. The O'verlay  is the "Champagne" designFor more possibilities,check out our full collection of O'verlay panels and shop by pattern!


Here's how we brought this glowing creation to life......


First, the nightstand was primed with “Gripper Paint” and the front center panel of the piece was put aside to be painted separately. This primer is available at most paint stores. As always, we were sure to read the instructions on the label before we began.

Keeping things playful, we chose a cheery, navy blue paint with a high gloss finish. Satin finish would look great too! (The O’verlay  panel got its own coat of paint in the same navy blue as the nightstand.)


 

When painting the nightstand, be sure not to paint the front facing side of the center panel! This will be the glow-in-the-dark accent. 

The edges of the panel may be painted to match the rest of the nightstand.
To avoid making a mess, it is helpful to tape the front side.




Now for the fun part!



To make our nightstand glow we applied a glow in the dark spray paint by Rust-o-Leum on the center door panel. After, we used an adhesive, (LiquidNails) to glue on the O’verlay panel.

The finished product will glow a funky neon in the dark and the effect is so awesome!


From Day........



To Night!!...........



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