I'm amazed you guys are still hanging around here since it's been a while since last.
I'm just working away and trying to fit in some creative time where I can. I recently finished this faux bone inlay dresser which turned out so great I needed to share. Please excuse the pics being a little fuzzy as I just used the phone. Now I wish I had taken the time to use the camera and take some proper pictures.
My inspiration was something similar to this Anthropologie beauty:
And what I had was this huge dresser our neighbors had put out on the curb. You can't beat free :)
I first considered painting it but the finish was a little cracked and scuffed here and there, and as the profile of the dresser was straight enough to stencil I decided to go ahead and buy Kim Myles' stencil from Cutting edge stencils and go all out.
First some stripping of the old finish.
Next I decided to use a vinegar/steel wool/instant coffee stain to mimic that aged, darker wood in Indian furniture. I filled up a mason jar with distilled white vinegar, dropped in a pad of fine steel wool, then let it sit for several days until the wool was mostly dissolved. I then put in a generous tablespoon of instant coffee and let it sit another day or so.
This is after one coat of stain and here is where I started to get seriously worried this might not look all that great in the end since the finish was so splotchy. I went over the lightest areas with as thin of a coat as I could, immediately wiping of the excess with some paper towels. It still looked pretty bad so I just decided to go ahead and finish it and see what would happen. Maybe the patterns would distract the eye enough to make it work anyway?
And it did! Here are the afters.