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How To Create A Restoration Hardware Faux Finish


I'm not willing to pay several hundreds or even a $1000 for a piece of furniture. Unless it's a sofa or a mattress... I don't skimp on those. ;) But, just because I'm not willing to spend a lot of money on furniture doesn't mean that I don't want the look of high end furniture in my home! 


What if you could have both?! Today, I'm going to show you an easy tutorial for a DIY Restoration Hardware finish that will leave your family and friends guessing whether or not your piece is DIY or the real deal...


(A really big thank you to Country Chic Paint for supplying us with the products to complete this project. This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure here.)



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In a few simple steps you can re-create a budget friendly Restoration Hardware look alike using a wonderful product from Country Chic Paint called Metallic Accent Cream.


I love displaying the before pictures of what I'm working with. Number one, it allows you to see the potential that a piece of furniture has. And two, (and the ULTIMATE goal) is that by showing you a furniture before and after YOU become inspired and empowered to snatch up the next sad looking piece of furniture and decide to give it a try.



I'm calling this makeover The Jacob Dresser Project and here's what I started with...




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Overall this chest of drawers was in pretty good condition. The dresser had some peeling veneer and a few gouges that need to be filled and sanded but other then that it was a solid piece with great bones.


But in just a few easy steps, we had this dresser painted and refinished going from this





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 to this...


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How To Get The Restoration Hardware Look 


Painting Supplies:

Country Chic Paint in the color Cobblestone
Country Chic Paint Metallic Accent Cream in Belt Buckle
Paper Towels
(1-2) 2" Paint Brushes



Steps To Get A DIY Restoration Hardware Knockoff Finish


Step 1: Prep your piece and fix any cosmetic damage. 

Make sure your piece is free from dust, dirt and grime. Remove the hard ware.



Step 2: Apply a thin coat of Cobblestone paint. 

Wait two hours (go get a pedi, read a book, go watch a movie... you're welcome! ;)



Step 3: Apply a second light coat in random areas. 

For this piece, the goal was NOT to get full coverage. You want the rich dark wood to peak through underneath the grey. This gives the appearance of layers and natural distressing without having to go back and actually distress.


 (Hint: Dip your paint brush so there's just a small amount of paint on the brush. Brush in random strokes and in different directions for your second coat.  This gives the illusion that there's texture. You should get a light feathery look vs a solid streak.)



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(Picture Example) Take a peak of the above close up shot. This was taken after two coats of paint. Here you can see the original wood peaking through the Cobblestone paint. Look closely and you can see the directional paint strokes. You'll also see a faint shimmer of Belt Buckle Metallic cream... our next step!



Step 4: Once the paint is dry, tap your brush lightly into the metallic cream, then dab it onto a paper towel. 

With this step, less is more. Use long and light brush strokes to dry brush the metallic cream over the paint. Apply light pressure at first. 


You can apply more pressure if needed. The metallic cream should appear feathery looking instead of one solid stroke of cream. If you put too much on in one spot it's ok! Simply add a little more paint to another paint brush and dry brush over the problem area and blend. Continue to layer until you get the desired look.




Step 5: Protect your piece with a top coat of your choice.


If you like the look of this finish, go for it! It's NOT hard. It's not a long process and YOU certainly can do this...




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If you enjoyed this post you'll LOVE our Balayage Inspired Painted Media Console or you might like this One Kings Lane Dresser Knockoff we refinished. Now, it's your turn! Go get your high end look without breaking the bank. :)


Happy dry brushing, all!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street







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33 comments

  1. Wow! Wow! Wow!! I am in love with this piece!!! Gorgeous, you did a fabulous job. I can't wait to try it.

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    1. Thank you, Jessica... It was such a fun furniture makeover! Good luck with your project!

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  2. This is beautiful, Carrie, and you did a great job of explaining how you achieved the look. Thanks for sharing! Cynthia

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    1. Well good, I'm glad the directions made sense! It's always a challenge to try and explain something in type vs actually showing how to do it live. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  3. This is gorgeus! I love it! Thanks for sharing:D I should definately try this creem!

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    1. Thank you... You'll love the Country Chic Paint's metallic cream, it's amazing!

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  4. Fantastic job! This is gorgeous!

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  5. What a beautiful makeover! Love this piece!

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  6. what an amazing transformation!!! I have a dresser that looks just like the original that may be getting a makeover soon! thanks for sharing!!!

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    1. Love that style! Sending good vibes over to your dresser makeover!

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  7. This piece is really beautiful and your technique is so cool! Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party this week!

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  8. I love this piece to the moon and back. It's perfect in every way. Thanks so much for linking to Friday's Furniture Fix. Susie from The Chelsea Project

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  9. Nice job Carrie! I love the color! Thanks for sharing at Welcome Home Wednesdays! You're a feature this week. Yay!

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    1. Erin- I'm glad you that you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing our work!

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  10. Really gorgeous. Over from W H W today and clicking around as usual! Thank you.
    Carol Cassara

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  11. A stunner for sure Carrie! The metallic paint really takes it to another level. I would even say it is better than Restoration Hardware because it is a solid piece of furniture. Great job! Pinning and sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Isn't the metallic cream amazing? Such a difference!

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  12. That piece is just beautiful!
    Fantastic job!
    Stacey
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  13. Love how it turned out Carrie and a fabulous tutorial too.
    Thanks for sharing this at Shabbilicious Friday. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow's party and pinning.
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thank you for sharing our dresser this week, Kerryanne!

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  14. I love the finish on this and it is such an amazing transformation!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! Doesn't the metallic cream add something special?

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  15. Such a beautiful makeover! Thanks for sharing. You are one of the features at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's bash. http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2016/09/make-pretty-monday-week-191.html Happy week to you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  16. Amazing work! Love it! Thanks for sharing!!
    Vesna - Home Chic Club

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