How to Get The Restoration Hardware Look Without The Cost

 Hi friends!
Who here has dark furniture from years past that
needs a little face lift?
Me, Me!
When my husband & I got married I bought a lot of it.
Did you buy into that craze too?
Through the years much of it got painted,
which is a really easy fix.
 I recently resurrected a DARK settee from the basement,
I knew I wanted it a little different.
See it has a TWIN, you can check out that makeover HERE,
which has a more cottage feel.
How to make this settee different…..
My wheels began to turn.
After much thought,
I figured I would change it up and give it a
Restoration Hardware look.
This was very simple…
I took apart the seats with the woven material,
 then recovered them with a $4 drop cloth.
The drop cloth gives a neutral texture that resembles
the look of RS.
Tip-never pass up a piece of furniture that can easily be recoverd,
it can be transformed into any look with very little effort.
With garage sale season underway,
I thought I would share:).

Now onto the finish….
Your wood will need to be somewhat porus.
Keep in mind this doesn’t have to be perfect.
I took two colors,
a cream & a medium gray(Anne Sloans French Linen),
I watered them down to a milky consistency.
I took my brush and alternated (lightly)
adding each color to the frame.
This is washing technique.
As soon as I brushed it on I would wipe off excess with a cloth.
Then I sanded unevenly with a medium grit sandpaper.
You can also seal it with a wax.
What do you think????
I really love how it turned out, for $4, not too shabby:).
Remember to shop your house, your friends & family’s houses too.
It is a great way to re-use & recycle.
And save you $$$$.
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  1. This is beautiful! And you can’t beat the price! Thanks for the tutorial on how you did it, I have a vanity bench that I need to recover and I’ve never done anything like it before. You make it looks so simple! Great job…love the paint wash!


  2. Jen, what a magnificent transformation!!! I adore the new look… and honestly, it is so much nicer than anything I have seen in Restoration hardware lately!!!
    LOVE your tips about not passing a piece up!!!
    Please stop by tomorrow evening and share this at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS… everyone will swoon!

  3. So do you still need my address in order to deliver this lovely piece? 🙂 It is simply gorgeous! I guess that means its time to break out the paint and get serious again!

  4. This is ah-mazing! Love this! I wonder if this technique would work on wicker. I have some dark wicker chairs..hmm..might try it 😉
    Jamie @

  5. I am in love with this Jen…wonderful job with something you already owned. My favorite of course is the drop cloth! I have so many I’ve used over the years and love them as they show signs of paint jobs gone by…though I never once thought about using them to recover one of my pieces. I’m on my way to Home Depot this morning to get a fresh one for 4 chairs I’m working on …THANK YOU for the great idea!

  6. Wow! I will be looking at Rattan furniture in a whole new light! This is just beautiful.

    I started using a reader called Feedly and I love it. I’m following you through it now 🙂

    I’d love it if you would share this at “What We Accomplished Wednesday,” at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!


  7. Oh…I love how this turned out! I think I like even better than it’s twin…no…I don’t know…I love them both. I wish I had one of these in my basement. I wish I had a basement.

  8. Félicitations ! Très bonne idée. Je découvre et je m’inscris!
    Un petit clin d’oeil de France .

  9. What a stunning transformation! I just discovered your blog & I’m so glad I did! I love your style. Hope you’ll stop by Curate | by Carrie Corson sometime for a visit 🙂

  10. Nice creative idea Jen…Have a similar cane set at my home…will look to do something similar with it.

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