DIY Wood Like Finish With Furniture Paint

4 Materials
2 Hours

Today I'm sharing how to refinish this Facebook Marketplace find! We are going to give this black piece a wood-like finish that my friend calls the "Restoration Hardware Finish." This finish is easy with only two steps and gives the essence of wood with a modern twist.

STEP 1 - Paint First Coat with Jolie Paint in Cocoa

I love that with Jolie Furniture Paint there's not much prep. No sanding or priming. With that being said I did notice that the glossy finish made the first coat pretty thin. It took about 15minutes to dry and I went over with a second coat.

In Mattie's instructions (watch video for her instructions) she said you only need two coats. I honestly didn't even count the first coat because it was so thin. I went ahead and applied a third coat to make sure I had fully coverage.

Once the paint is dry you can distress it if you'd like. I did distress a little since the piece was black underneath. If the piece was a color or white I wouldn't have done that.

STEP 2 - Apply Brown Wax

This is where the magic happens. This is really simple. Apply a small amount of Jolie Finishing Wax with a sock working in manageable sections of 2-3 square feet at a time. Use medium pressure to remove the excess wax with a clean, absorbent, lint-free cloth. As the cloth becomes saturated with wax, you will need to replace or move to a clean area of your cloth so that it will continue to absorb the wax.

If you wait too long before wiping, the Finishing Wax will begin to dry and might be more difficult to work with. Move on to the next unwaxed section and repeat the waxing and wiping process until you have waxed the entire surface. It's wax on wax off.

Look how amazing that final product is on the top. It truly looks like wood!


I can’t believe how awesome this piece looks! I really wanted something functional for a playroom that is also really pretty in the view from my living room. This piece does just that and the project was so darn easy.

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  • Las Olas Las Olas on Sep 22, 2021

    Beautiful Job! Could you please tell me the name of the mural paper as well as where to order it? Thanks


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