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...
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. Here's what I started with...
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 to this...
Tutorial: DIY Restoration Hardware Look
Steps For 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. ;)
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...
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 look without breaking the bank. :)
Happy dry brushing, all!
Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street