High-End Details to DIY
Straight-from-the-crate furnishings often lack the personality—and detail—of their high-end counterparts. Now you can give plain-Jane pieces a more expensive look with the use of easy-to-apply overlays. Made of lightweight materials, such as medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and PVC, the intricately cut panels and trim pieces can be adhered to almost any surface with a compatible glue.
Glam Dresser: Final
We gave a pine dresser Hollywood Regency style with custom-size panels.
Glam Dresser: How-To
Overlay: about $17 for a drawer-size composite panel, plus a $25 fee for custom sizing; myoverlays.com
Paint:: Glidden's Silver Mauve
Textured Mirror: Final
We gussied up an unadorned mirror with trim in a Moroccan tile pattern.
Textured Mirror: How-To
Overlay: about $7 per linear foot of 2-inch MDF trim; fretworkdesigns.com
Paint:: Behr's Emerald Lake
Overlays for Added Dimension
Set a plain side table or standard framed mirror apart from the norm by adding some creative overlays and a few coats of paint.
Begin your creation from scratch with How to Build a Three-Tiered Side Table.
Make a color choice you won't regret with our advice on How to Pick a Paint.
Dimensional End Table: How-To
Overlay: about $20 for a 2-by-6-foot MDF panel; outwatercatalogs.com
Paint:: Glidden's Nautical Blue (table base) and Country House Blue (overlay)