TODAY I’M SHARING HOW TO CREATE A DIY RESTORATION HARDWARE GREIGE PAINT FINISH WITH ONLY 2 COLORS! [WITH STEP-BY-STEP VIDEO]
Hi #sifamily, thanks for joining me! I’m so excited to share today’s makeover with you. This dated sewing cabinet has been reloved into a DIY Restoration Hardware Greige Finish using only TWO paint colors. And the best part — YOU control how light or dark you want your greige to be!
This post was originally published on Thursday, January 23, 2020, and has been updated on Tuesday, September 26, 2023.
But first, if you’re new to the #siblog, on the second last Thursday of every month I join my creative Furniture Fixer Upper Crew. This is a talented group of six DIY bloggers who share their expert tutorials and/or mishaps depending on the day. 😉 But I promise, we always deliver the best before and after! I’ll link to these fabulous ladies down below.
Check out this sewing cabinet I found at the ReStore. How old do you think this is? Judging from the finish I’m guessing maybe 70’s or 80’s? It’s a great piece of furniture.
Here’s a closer look at all the textures and details. And even a hole for the sewing machine power cord, I’m guessing.
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CLEAN AND PREP
Before I started painting this RH faux finish, I prepped the cabinet with a good cleaning and a few repairs. Sewing cabinets have a flip-top to access the sewing machine but since I didn’t want this for sewing anymore, I screwed the top down from below. New clips were added for easy opening and closing.
After I painted the first coat I filled the holes for the power cords with Bondo and then sanded everything smooth. I have no idea why I painted first. That said, you can use Bondo over primer or paint.
HOW TO PAINT RESTORATION HARDWARE FINISH
This finish works best if your piece has some wood grain/texture. This oak sewing cabinet was perfect!
WHAT IS A WARM GREIGE?
A warm greige is a color that falls between gray and beige on the color spectrum with warmer undertones. The coolness of gray with the warmth of beige can create a super cozy atmosphere. I’ve created a warm greige paint finish by using only two paint colors, French Linen and Coffee Bean. As you’ll see this paint wash technique allows you to customize the lightness or darkness of the greige according to your preference.
STEP 1 – PAINT BASE COAT
For my base coat, I painted two coats of this French Linen which is a mix of gray and brown or a very light taupe. You can also see this color on the headboard I painted back in 2019 with French Linen and Sawmill Gravy. This paint color is gorgeous!
STEP 2 – ADD SOME DEPTH
To add some depth and texture, I painted all the wood detailing in Coffee Bean. As you can see I wasn’t overly neat about it. Once another layer of French Linen was applied, it cleaned up any ‘overspill’.
STEP 3 – DRY BRUSH FRENCH LINEN
To soften the details, I dry-brushed French Linen over the Coffee Bean and added another solid layer on the top and sides.
STEP 4 – APPLY A WASH
After step 3 dried, I applied a Coffee Bean paint wash. To do this, I dipped my brush in water and then dipped it into the paint. Working on one side at a time in small sections, I brushed on the watered-down paint. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I left it heavier in some areas, lighter in others making sure the wash covered the entire side and got into all the crevices and details.
Tip~ This is where you control how light or dark you’d like your greige wood finish. For a lighter look use more water in your wash. For a darker look use more paint in your wash. If you find your wash is not dark enough after it has dried, repeat with another layer of wash.
STEP 5 – REMOVE EXCESS WASH
To create more texture, I immediately started dabbing at the wash with a shop towel. If you don’t have a shop towel, any lint-free cloth or rag will work. I find it works best if I alternate the pattern and move my hand in a different direction. A little dabbing and smoothing to create the look you like. You can see this in action as I’ve included the Youtube video below.
STEP 6 – SAND + TOPCOAT
Once 100% dry, I sanded with 320 grit and removed any dust before spraying two coats of this Satin Clear Coat for a perfect finish.
With only 2 paint colors, here’s the after! I’m loving this Restoration Hardware Greige Paint Finish. It has really updated the piece.
The satin topcoat is super durable and gives a really subtle sheen.
There’s a slight gap between the top and the body that gives the impression that it opens, but it’s secured.
I also painted the inside with Coffee Bean to finish the look.
I love these details and this Restoration Hardware Greige finish! I wish I had some wood beads to style this with. I think that would have looked so good!
This piece sold to a sweet young lady within the first week of listing it. She was so happy when she came to pick it up! It warmed my heart.
One more look at the before and after. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out and I can’t wait to hear what you think!
Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on YouTube. Now that I’ve re-watched this, I think my video-taking skills have gotten a little better…hehe. 😉 If you have any problems viewing it below, feel free to watch it on my YouTube channel HERE. Our #siyoutubefamily is already a community of 41K so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t done so already! So exciting, thank YOU! 🙂
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends are sharing their favorite furniture makeovers! (This FFU post was originally published on Thursday, January 23, 2020.) Below are their BEFORE photos so feel free to visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and how they did it! I’ll meet you there. I’m heading over to take a peek myself! x
6. Me.. so happy you’re here! 🙂
We all get treated to a double whammy this week! I’ll be back this Thursday with AN ALL NEW Furniture Fixer Upper makeover transforming this desk below. See you then! 🙂
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS RESTORATION HARDWARE GREIGE … OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!