FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

Furniture Makeover
FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

Hello friends,

This dresser had been sitting idly for the longest time, mostly because I could not figure out how to beautify this piece.  It was plain, flat and not the usual style of pieces that I redo.  It was originally dark stained and it was actually meant to be a media cabinet. This is what it looked like after I had already stripped the front drawers and applied a white coat of paint.  I forgot to take a picture before I started the process.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

My original plan was to paint out the frame white and leave the drawer fonts stained.  Because I had to reposition the hardware I was afraid the blocked holes would show up too much with new stain so I came up with another idea.

I have long admired stencilled faux bone inlay and when I came across the perfect stencil and with the flat fronts of this dresser, it was the perfect piece to try it on.

Here is a close-up of the finished stencilled piece.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

The first thing I did was ask my husband to build me two drawers and sides for the top space.  He built these with MDF and we then added a track underneath the drawer.  I wanted it to be used as a dresser, not a media cabinet.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

I ordered my drawer track from Lee Valley Hardware.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

After the top drawers were built, I painted a base coat of Fusion Mineral Paint‘s “Casement.  Then came the fun part of stencilling.  The stencil I used is from ArtMinds, which I purchased at Michael’s (in case you don’t have a Michael’s close to you, I linked a similar furniture stencil below which can be purchased through Amazon).  I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s “Little Lamb to stencil over the white.

 

 

The stencil kit comes with 7 different stencils. I used all the stencils, except for the Top Right stencil.  Here are all the pieces used from the stencil to give you an idea.  For easier reference, my dresser measures H 44 x L 32 x D 22.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

The easiest way to stencil  this dresser was to measure out the centre and stencil from the centre point to left, and then centre point to right.  This way everything is centred evenly.  Here are some work-in-progress pictures.

 

 

It’s not difficult to do, but you do have to spend some time measuring out what stencils will fit better to create a pleasant pattern.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

When the stencilling was finished, although it is not necessary to topcoat over Fusion Mineral Paint, I did add Furniture Wax to seal.  After all that work I did not want to take a chance it would scuff before it had time to cure.  The Homestead House furniture Wax is really easy to use, it is so creamy and applies easily with just a rag.  After a few minutes I buffed it out and it left just a bit of a sheen.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

When I got this furniture piece it did not have the hardware and after trying out different ones, none seemed to look right so I decided to stencil my own with some wood knobs I had in stock.

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

I painted the wood knobs white and then using just sections of the stencil, I selected a round pattern for the larger knobs and the floral section on the smaller knobs.  This cute stencil is from Balzer Designs, also found at Michael’s.

 

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FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

[UPDATE]

This piece is for sale locally.  I re-photographed the finished piece in a whole new different setting.  Which one do you prefer?

 

FAUX BONE INLAY DRESSER

 

 

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Homestead House Paint Company.

 

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Have a great day.

-Mary-

 

 

 

 

 


 

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Laura Dunkley
    April 5, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Beautiful, very soft and intricate. Love the re purposed handles!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 5, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks Laura, it was a fun project to do.

  • Reply
    RoseL
    April 5, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    I adore this piece!!!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!!! A piece of perfection to me. Bravo!!!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Thank you, Rose.

  • Reply
    Cheryl Ann Adams
    April 5, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    I admire your patience!! A labor of love and absolutely beautiful!!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Thank you so much, Cheryl Ann. It was a fun project to do.

  • Reply
    Christy Keyton
    April 5, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    That is amazing. I LOVE following your work!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you, Christy.

  • Reply
    Constance Colvin
    April 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    You are a MASTER!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Marie
    April 5, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    It’s so beautiful, Mary! I wondered where on earth you found knobs so perfect for this piece until I saw you made them. Must look for that stencil at Michael’s. Pinned And like I always say, I enjoyed how you styled the photo as much as I enjoyed the makeover!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      I’m so glad you like it, Marie.

  • Reply
    simple nature decor
    April 5, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    I am in love you are next weeks feature!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you, much appreciated.

  • Reply
    t
    April 5, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    o girl! talk about inspiration!! this is scrumptious.

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Mary
    April 6, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    It looks so pretty and so much nicer than plain paint. I think Mary I see a stencil job in the near future for an old piece I’ve got. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:26 pm

      It really does take a ho-hum piece to a different level.

  • Reply
    Sally
    April 7, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Mary, this chest is just gorgeous! I’ve not done much stenciling, and looked at the stencils on Amazon. It comes in small and large, which size did you use? I just love this piece you did, wow!

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    Sally
    April 8, 2018 at 4:16 am

    That dresser is just stunning! Wow…. I checked on Amazon for the stencil, but they had two sizes.
    Which size did you use? I may get the nerve up to try this!

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 8, 2018 at 12:12 pm

      Hi Sally, I used a stencil kit I purchased from Michael’s. From ArtMinds. The one I linked to is a different option, similar to mine. I posted a picture of all the pieces in my blog post from the ArtMinds stencil kit. Sorry for the confusion.

  • Reply
    Debrashoppeno5
    April 14, 2018 at 10:51 am

    This is so beautiful.

    • Reply
      Mary
      April 15, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you, have a great day.

  • Reply
    M
    May 19, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    WOW! That is just gorgeous

  • Reply
    mimirhea
    September 24, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Hi Mary! I am a devoted follower of Denise with Salvaged Inspirations and she had shared your dresser and i’m so glad she did. I have this exact stencil and I think i’m going to try it. I have the perfect piece but i don’t think there is a big market for stenciled furniture. Did yours sell fast? Thank you for sharing how you accomplished this look. IT is awesome.

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    Debby Dayan
    January 23, 2021 at 9:55 pm

    Hello Mary,

    This dresser is beautiful and i would like to do the same and repaint a small chinese cabinet black with white detailing. What color black and white would you recommend using Fusion mineral paint? thank you! Love your work!

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