DIY Bone Inlay Inspired Tray

March 10th, 2014

Over the weekend, I finished up a craft project I’ve been meaning to try for a few months – recreating the look of bone inlay with paint and a stencil. I love how it turned out and now this bone inlay lookalike tray sits on my vanity in my master bathroom to corral makeup brushes, jewelry, etc.

diy bone inlay inspired tray

 

I was inspired by images of bone inlay trays I saw online but as we all know, authentic bone inlay pieces are pricey, often several hundred dollars for just a box or tray. I loved the geometric pattern in these two colorful versions so I set out to recreate a lookalike with paint, but I chose metallic gold instead of a bright color.

bone inlay trays

 

I ordered a craft stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils so I could attempt a faux version with a basic wood tray I bought at Target. To create your own inlay inspired tray in your color of choice you’ll need these supplies: basic wood tray like this one; primer, white craft paint, colored or metallic craft paint, nagoya stencil, foam roller, medium and small artist’s paintbrush, wide No. 2 pencil, top coat for protection.

diy bone inlay inspired tray supplies

 

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Weekend Reading

March 7th, 2014

Hello all – and happy weekend! I’m running around like a mad woman this week juggling a million things like all of us – it’s my son’s birthday and we’re hosting fifteen 8 year olds tonight and filling them up with carbs and sugar – I’m bracing myself for impact. :)

I didn’t have much time for rounding up links loved around the blogosphere this past week but here are three of my own published articles around the web. First, over at Home Depot’s The Apron blog I’m sharing my ten must try tips for cleaning the kitchen, hop on over to read them and share your favorites tricks too.

kates kitchen cleaning tips

 

At Better Homes & Gardens, I wrote about paint colors for rooms trimmed in wood and also shared some inspiration for bold spring color at Lamps Plus Style Illuminated blog.

paint colors rooms trimmed in wood

bold spring color

Paint Colors for Rooms Trimmed in Wood

Spring Color – Go Bold!

Enjoy your weekend friends !

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High End DIY to Try

March 6th, 2014

I love to look at high end design for inspiration and if I see something I love, I try to figure out how to get the look for less and throw my own spin on it too.

I’ve been eyeing this abstract bookcase at Zinc Door for a year, I want a set of them but at $2,845 each, that’s never happening. A similar look could be achieved with strips of balsa wood gilded and carefully glued to the edges of this display cabinet for $188 at Overstock.

abstract bookcase diy

 

Gwyneth is selling a malachite keepsake box for $1,200. Create an imitation version with an unfinished wood box from a craft store with this or this DIY technique.

malachite box diy

 

Love fur and gold together?  I do! This brass + Tibetan fur chair from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams retails for $1,345. I can’t help but think you could recreate with an inexpensive metal chair spray painted gold and upholstered with a mongolian lamb throw blanket

 

mongolian fur and gold chair diy

 

Meg at Oliver and Rust created her own impressive DIY mini kitchen island/prep space inspired by a much more expensive version at Williams Sonoma.

mini island diy

 

Get the look of Ethan Allen’s $719 Warren table with a similar style pedestal table from Overstock for and a can of gloss spray paint. blue pedestal table diy

 

I love mirrored furniture but as we all know it’s pricey. This dresser by Vanguard retails for $3,415 on sale. You could mimic Courtney’s approach and drill holes with a diamond bit through mirrors attached to an IKEA Tarva or Hemnes dresser. (Lowe’s cut’s mirror on site or ask your local glass shop). Trim around the mirrors like my textured panel dresser from last year and add nickel ring pulls.

mirrored front dresser

 

I’m working on my own “high end DIY to try” project today, assuming it turns out well, I’ll share it next week. Got your eye on any high end pieces you’d like to recreate?

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