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 Cheryle panel
Enter the two main players for this look:
Glass spray
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
Tape off area to be sprayed
 2) Apply 2 coats of Looking Glass Spray
Hold spray can at an angle and make even strokes
 3) blow dry between coats
Blow dry but not too close
 4) spray a light coat of  gold spray paint on and blow dry
For second coat hold can further away
 5) Splatter with water
Gently splatter water drops
 6) Spray with Looking Glass Spray
One last coat
 7) Blow dry for about 10 seconds to set the paint
Hold dryer even further away
8) Blot up the water drops with a sponge, this will leave the drop mark look, and dry
Dry remaining water droplets
and repeat all the steps again to get a layered patina look
 It should look something like this:
How it should look
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  and let it dry.
Now to apply to your furniture.
We tested this on a Rast drawer front and a Malm. Jasmine panel
 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:

Move panels around to see best background
Next, carefully trace with a Sharpie making sure not to get marker on the O’verlay:
Outline the panel for cutting
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.)

Don't forget to cut 1/2" inside the outline so mirror does not show outside the panel
You can apply these by lightly spraying the backsides with Spray Adhesive and pressing in place:
Trimming excess material
someone needs a manicure!

Gluing in
OR we liked this idea:
applying adhesive to backside or glue side of panel
1. Spray the backside of the O’verlay with Spray Adhesive

Applying panel
2. Press the mirrored plastic onto the backside

Liquid nails along edging to apply to furniture
3. Apply Liquid nails glue along the edge of the O’verlay and apply like  you normally would
Finished look
 Voila! What do you think?
Another finished look
Stay tuned, we have a whole bunch more mirrored applications coming up!