How to create an “inlay” look on furniture

Apr 8, 2021 | Artistic Finishes, DIY Furniture, Painting Tips and Tricks | 0 comments

Awhile back I had saw a credenza from Pier 1 that really caught my eye. It had a wood inlay on the front that was BEYOND GORGEOUS!

Knowing that I would never purchase the piece, I decided I wanted to replicate the look. I had a vintage sideboard in my basement that was the perfect piece of furniture to try it on! Below is a picture of my sideboard and my inspiration piece.

First thing was all the normal cleaning and sanding. My inspiration piece was white with black inside the drawers. I really liked that look, so I went with that. Why change a good thing…right?

I pulled out the doors and drawer fronts and used a product called “Wood Icing” applied in the stencil to get the inlaid look. Wood Icing, unfortunately, isn’t available anymore, but I’ve had good luck using Dixie Belle as a replacement product.

I cut up a stencil that I had previously used on another project to make it fit for this buffet. I try to always use my leftovers on my furniture projects rather than buying new. It helps keep the cost down and there’s nothing better than repurposing.

I created a video showing how I applied the custom inlayed pattern with a stencil. You can watch the video here.

After I got all the stencil applied, I let it dry, gave it a really good sand, then primed and painted. 

Here is what my sideboard looked like after it was all finished. I totally love it!

Raised inlay stenciled sideboard after it wall all finished.