Faux Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Tray

Faux Mother-of-Pearl Inlaid Tray

Posted by DecoArt on Jun 25th 2020

Paint a wooden tray to look like inlaid mother-of-pearl with Americana® Pearls™ .


    • water container
    • palette or plastic plate
    • paper towels
    • painter's tape
    • chalk pencil
    • #8 flat brush
    • white transfer paper
    • varnish
    • ruler
    • white frame sign w/stain



    This framed sign has been repurposed into a tray. Remove the hangers on the sign back before painting.

    1. Use a ruler to find the tray's center. Use a chalk pencil and ruler to make five equal-sized squares in the center section. Trace and transfer the provided design into each square.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Use a flat brush and Lamp Black to paint alternating square backgrounds and designs. Paint the remaining squares and designs Snow (Titanium) White. When dry, paint the white areas with Snow White Pearl.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Use painter's tape to mask off a border around the design.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Paint the border Titanium White, then Snow White Pearl.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Use the same brush and Lamp Black to paint checks around the border.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Remove the tape.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Seal with a varnish of your choice.