Restoration of Furniture | Wood Inlay Side Table

If you are nervous about the restoration of furniture with a wood inlay, don’t be! It’s not as scary as you think! With minimal supplies, time and elbow grease, you will have a beautifully restored wood inlay table!

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pinterest graphic showing before and after of vintage wood inlay side table restoration

wood inlay restoration

It had been a day of thrifting and antiquing when I walked into Habitat ReStore and there sat this sweet little side table for $10

Yepper! $10!

I could hardly believe my eyes!

vintage wood inlay side table before restoration of furniture

No structural issues at all.

Just some minor scratches and a store price sticker stuck smack in the middle of the wood inlay side table.

vintage side table with wood inlay showing top before restoration of furniture

easy way to refinish furniture

The details of the wood inlay were hardly visible but I had a hunch that this would turn out beautifully with a bit of sandpaper, time, and elbow grease.

vintage wood inlay side table after makeover, painted and styled with vintage rocker, shutter and lamp

After removing the sticker with Goo Gone, I washed the piece down with a solution of hot water and Simple Green. This is a great time to inspect further for any damage.

top view of restored wood inlay side table showing inlay details

Zero. Nilch. Nada. None.

Absolutely no damage on this sweet side table!

Woohoo for easy projects!

vintage wood inlay side table after restoration of furniture makeover staged with rocker and lamp

All I needed to do was patiently and lightly sand the top to expose the wood inlay.

My trusty DeWalt Orbital Sander and my Black and Decker Palm Sander would stay tucked away on the shelf because that would be too much power for this project!

top view of vintage wood inlay side table after makeover showing inlay details

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I pulled out a 220-grit sanding sponge. This task wouldn’t be quick but it would be the safe way to sand off the old finish.

The table not only had a beautiful and intricate wood inlay, but it also had a wood grain pattern in the veneer.

So I sanded in the direction of the grain on all four sections of the table.

close up of wood inlay top of vintage side table after restoration

And then I mixed up some milk paint.

Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Ironstone is by far one of my fave colors and I knew it would be lovely with this table.

side view of wood inlay table after restoration showing chippy paint details in carved wood

The apron and the legs had the perfect amount of carved detail that is shown off with the chippy effect that milk paint creates.

close up of painted carved areas on vintage wood inlay side table

antique furniture restoration

The bottom shelf was prepped and finished in the same way I restored the top.

After two coats of paint and the chipping was complete, I waxed the whole surface with Miss Mustard Seed Furniture Wax. I did the top and the shelf first and then finished off with the painted areas.

A blue shop towel is perfect for buffing the wax.

close up of bottom shelf on wood inlay table after restoration

Isn’t she the sweetest little side table?? Add a brass lamp, a vintage book, and a mini tea set and you have an adorable vintage farmhouse look!

side view of vintage wood inlay table that was restored and painted

easy restoration!

Now that’s what I call an easy makeover! Searching for home decor and furniture pieces is fun and when you find a project that only needs a few supplies, a little time, and some patience, well, that’s what I call a good day!

And it wasn’t scary at all!!

Pin the image below to your furniture restoration boards! You just might come across a sweet little table like this one that needs some love!

pinterest graphic showing before and after of vintage wood inlay side table restoration

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  1. Looks STUNNING Cindy! Nice job 👊 I’m definitely inspired.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks for stopping by Anna!

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Thanks Marie! It was such a fun surprise to find too!

  2. I have a rocker like the one in the picture. I’m not sure of it’s age; it belonged to a much older aunt and uncle. I should have a closer look at it and replace the seat and back.

    1. Cynthia Gayle says:

      Yes, replace the fabric! It will make a world of difference! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Keta Montgomery says:

    What did you do to the shelves after you sanded them?

    1. Cindy Rust says:

      Hi Keta, I used Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax in clear on the wood inlay sections of this table. It really brings out the wood grain beautifully. 😊