TODAY I’M SHARING HOW TO CREATE A GREIGE RESTORATION HARDWARE PAINT FINISH WITH ONLY 2 COLORS! [VIDEO]
Hi #sifamily, thanks for joining me! I’m 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!
But first, if you’re new to the #siblog, the 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 afters! 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? I couldn’t pass up all this gorgeous detail!
With only 2 paint colors, here’s the after! I’m loving this RH Greige. It has really updated the piece.
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Before I started painting, 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.
DIY RH GREIGE PAINT FINISH
HERE’S A SHORT VIDEO OF THE ENTIRE MAKEOVER:
If you have any issues viewing – you can check it out here on my Youtube Channel
This finish works best if your piece has some wood grain/texture. This oak sewing cabinet was perfect!
STEP 1 – PAINT BASE COAT
For my base, I painted two coats of this French Linen which is a mix of gray and brown or a very light taupe.
STEP 2 – ADD SOME DEPTH
To add some depth and texture, I paint 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 wash. To do this, I dipped my brush in water and then dipped it into the paint. Working on one side at a time, 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 paper towel. 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.
STEP 6 – SAND + TOPCOAT
Once 100% dry, I sanded with a 320 grit and removed any dust before spraying two coats of this Satin Clear Coat for a perfect finish.
The satin topcoat is super durable and gives a really subtle sheen.
There’s a slight gap between the top and 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 soooogooood!
One more look at the before and after. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out.
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends are sharing their favorite furniture makeovers today too!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this creative team of girls do. It’s inspiration and techniques six-fold! 😉
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! 🙂
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!
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