This is so easy! And inexpensive! You just need clay from any craft shop, mine cost about €3.00, pick the design you want to use as your mould and follow the steps and photos below..
This is the table before all the palaver of painting and waxing etc. It's quite cracked in places and a lot of the veneer has chipped off so overall it's a good candidate for a makeover. Notice that at this point it has no decorative detail on the legs.
Below are some close up 'after' shots of the table after I applied and painted over the Appliques.
I took my table outside to get much better lighting given that it was such a beautiful day and ended up getting some great company to boot..
Here's what I used to get this 'Carved Wood Effect'. One pack of wet clay (from any art and craft store).A rolling pin. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I used the graphite colour (for my base coat) I used Annie Sloan Persian Green mixed with other artists paints I had on hand to get the final colour I wanted but you can use any colour you like. Some wood glue. And for the design motif I used a decorative framed mirror to 'lift' the design for my carved wood look.
Roll out a thick strip of the clay and flatten it with the rolling pin.