DIY Inlay Table Top



Faux Inlaid Table 2

Hi Everyone, Is it Monday already? Bryan and I are just coming back from an extended holiday weekend at home. It was great but it flew by so quickly. After a few days of fun in the sun I was ready to do something a little creative.

Stained top Painted Bottom Table

Since Bryan replaced the old broken table top with a new wood one, I’ve been wanting to fix it up a bit by spraying the base a darker color. I bought a can of RustOleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint a few weeks ago meaning to get right on it, but it sat by waiting for me to find a non lazy time to take it on.

On Saturday I saw my opportunity, carried the table down 20 steps to the lawn and got to work spray a few thin and ever coats of the paint. It covered like a dream and I was feeling pretty self confident and feeling good about my accomplishment. I’ve been eyeing this DIY Live Edge table ever since I spied it on Pinterest here.

With the high of my accomplishment I thought, “Hey why stop there? Let’s redo the table top too while I’m at  it”, My edges were already router’d  but I was still loving the dark stain top. I dragged the sander of the shed and got to work removing the whiteish finish we had originally put on. I was on a roll.

I mixed up a little custom stain mix using approximately 3 parts Minwax Colonial Maple and 1 part Red Mahogany wiped it on and immediately I knew… I hadn’t sanded enough. It was a big fat fail.

Stain Miss

Hmm now what? I thought about it for a minute, tried to convince myself it wasn’t that bad, thought about it some more, asked Bryan’s opinion. You can guess what he said. Then started re-sanding. Making sure to get all of the finish off this time and then stained with the same mixture as before.

Sand the Table

Restain Table

It was looking better but it still had some weird blotchy marks all over the top. I turned to Pinterest again for some inspiration as to what to do with this table top and found this Pin. The inlay look has always been on of my favorites.

Inlay Table

I remembered seeing a few places that you could mimic the look of an inlay design by simply painting it on the top and finishing it off with some sealer. Viola instant look of inlay. Using the photo as my guide I drew out my basic pattern with chalk right onto the table top and began painting right over the chalk with Martha Stewarts craft paint in Wedding Cake.

DIY Inlay Table 2

Since I had used blue chalk to draw my lines a cool thing happened. The blue color of the chalk mixed with the white paint to add a fun shadow effect that I think works. Once I was finished, and the paint dried. It didn’t take long since it was 100 degrees in the shade that day.  I wiped away any remaining stray chalk lines with a damp cloth and sealed the whole thing with number of coats of polyurethane.

Faux Inlaid Table 2

I think the darker finish helps it pop off the white rails we just started painting, while the white design helps to tie the whole thing together. All in all I’m pretty happy with the progress we’ve made on the deck so far this year. It’s come a long way from the not so great before.

Deck Before

To the much better progress shots.

Deck Flowers 7

Target Stripe Ombre Pillows

DIY Inlay Table 4

Want to see more? Check out all our deck projects this summer right here.

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  • Beth

    This is gorgeous! I’ve never seen anything like it and plan to try it myself on a dresser…someday. 🙂

  • dee dee

    Maria, You are so creative! You table top turned out wonderful!
    You deck is coming together nicely and looks to be the perfect place to relax by the lake!
    You asked about my frames… I got them at IKEA!
    dee dee

    • Our Lake Life

      Hi Dee Dee

      Thanks for the compliments. Those frames are gorgeous in silver. I thought they might be Ikea, I have some white ones and I love them. The silver looks fabulous with those maps. Bryan has been after me to find some maps to put up on the wall. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Staci

    I love this! Looks so good!

  • Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    It’s gorgeous!! I love this look and you did such a great job imitating it with this table. Your deck is beautiful and your view is killing me….I’m so jealous of you right now. 😉

    • Our Lake Life

      Hey thanks Brooke so glad you liked it. The view is pretty special, we’re lucky to get to look at it every day. I still go out and stare at it every morning, and it’s been 3 years since we moved here.

      Thanks for stopping by

  • Helena

    Wow, that looks SO good!

  • Ashley @

    your table turned out absolutely amazing!!! Such a fun and creative way to spice up a wood table! The pinterest challenge is such a great motivator to do something out of the box… I made a DIY Wall Art piece from some wood scraps we had lying around- so fun!


  • Michelle

    It’s so pretty! I want to pet it. I don’t you know so I hope you don’t that’s too weird. I just like to pet pretty things. 😛

  • Rosie B.

    This looks fantastic! I love how red it looks in the final picture. And, boy, do I appreciate seeing the deck progress pictures! I’m in the process of re-doing my deck, too. I hope it’s ready in time for me to watch it sit all winter. 😉

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