Inspired by this furniture makeover from Jenny Komenda over on Little Green Notebook and all the images I studied online, I picked up a little $50 HomeGoods side table, gave it a dark brown spray painted base coat, grabbed a tiny paintbrush, and started making up my design as I went along...
I intentionally left some of my brush strokes kind of streaky and milky, to emulate the variation in tone of real bone or mother of pearl. No need to worry about perfection...it's the "hand wrought" look that makes it feel artisanal like the originals.
Once I wiped on glossy poly top coat (best product ever...SO easy to use and clean up and you get a more even finish than with spray-on poly topcoats) everything looked very polished and pretty.
And I'm liking the juxtaposition of this little ethnic global boho table with my mid-century Westnofa leather chair!
This project was not difficult, but it did take some time to paint all the surfaces. I think a little box, tray, or mirror frame would be a pretty quick and easy project to knock out, and makes such a pretty touch.