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Restoration Hardware Inspired Dresser

If you're anything like me, you wait all season for the quarterly Restoration Hardware magazine package to be delivered to your mailbox. You know the one I'm talking about, right? I refer to it as the RH phone book. It weights at least ten pounds and takes up your entire mailbox. On the days they arrive, my calendar miraculously will clear up, and I proceed to spend the rest of the day curled up on the couch hovering over these catalogs. It's slightly embarrassing to admit the level of intensity at which I scour through those pages and obsess about the new collections. I earmark pages, create idea boards, and by the end of the night, I have a brand new furnished dream home. And then I add up how much this newly furnished home is going to cost me. And then I cry.
Just because my checking account may not allow for a brand new, fully furnished home from Restoration Hardware, doesn't mean I can't get it...to some extent anyway. If you look on Pinterest, there are dozens of different examples out there of how to create your own reclaimed wood inspired furniture. Everyone seems to have their own technique and process. I think every time I come across one of these examples, I pin it, however, it was only until now that I built up the courage to actually try this technique on my own. I went with the following combination of products:
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old White
Minwax Stain - Classic Gray
Annie Sloan Dark Wax
Here is how the dresser started out.
I'm telling you right now, if you're a perfectionist, this may not be your thing. This is more of a 'just go for it and hope for the best' kinda process. I started by applying a light coat of the paint. I dipped my brush in water each time before dipping it into the paint to create a thinner coat.
As you can see, it's pretty streaky and uneven. I know, you perfectionists out there are probably noticing all the spots I missed. Don't worry, it's ok! Next, I wiped on the stain with a rag. I did this step just when the paint became dry to the touch. This step also took a bit of the paint off, which blended the two layers together a bit. The final step was wiping on the dark wax. Again, I did this sporadically over the piece, just to add another layer of depth to the dresser. Sorry, I got a bit caught up in the whole process that I forgot to take pictures of each step. Anyhow, after all that...here is the way it turned out.
This is truly a one-of-a-kind piece. No matter how hard I may try, there is no way I will be able to replicate this dresser exactly. But that's part of the beauty of it...it's uniqueness. Something you may not find at Restoration Hardware!
Every time I look at the dresser, I'm drawn to a different section of it and notice some new color variation.
It definitely gives off a rustic, industrial vibe, but I really think you can use it with so many different decorating styles.
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Jan Loehr
    Jan Loehr Woodstock, GA
    on Oct 1, 2015

    Oh I love it! You got so creative by just winging it and the whole look with the pictures and other items came together beautifully!

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Oct 1, 2015

    I love this effect! Looks gorgeous.

  • Fab and Pretty
    Fab and Pretty
    on Oct 1, 2015

    this dresser had the perfect bones to create a piece inspired by r.h. you did a gorgeous job!

  • Fab and Pretty
    Fab and Pretty
    on Oct 1, 2015

    Okay I have a question...and I just noticed I've admired some of your other projects. I may want to try this on an oak tv bench. So I'm thinking lacquer finish. What would you recommend for that more in depth finish you got from the wax that I can lacquer over. (or can annie sloan lacquer be used on their wax???)

    • Ashley Harding
      Ashley Harding Chicago, IL
      on Oct 5, 2015

      @Fab and Pretty Thans Donna! I actually haven't used the Annie Sloan lacquer. Whenever I've used lacquer in the past I have sealed it with a coat of wax over it. I don't use lacquer a lot so have limited tips to offer.

  • Darla DeMorrow
    Darla DeMorrow Wayne, PA
    on Oct 4, 2015

    I LOVE how the finished project looks. It seems that the real beauty of this project is that you didn't have any prep except maybe a quick wipedown of the item. That's why I love ASCP so much!

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