Restoration Hardware inspired dresser

Remember my GoodWill find I scored a few weeks ago?

My inspiration:

Well here she is all “Restoration-Hardware-ified” (thats a word right?)

Let me 1st just say WOW-this was for sure a labor of love.  I used two different strippers.  

Then sanded, then sanded again, oh wait-then sanded again.  All those curve & grooves were painful.  And Im sure there is some cool state of the art tool out there to help but I resorted to q-tips and one of my kids sand box toys!

After all the sanding-I applied a wash of Annie Sloans chalk paint in Old White.  I mixed one part paint and 1 part water.  
After the wash dried I applied a gray stain & wiped it down.  
Here is one of the drawers with just the wash (on theleft) and here it is with the stain applied on top (right).

Here it is in her new spot in the dining room (I have no clue why I refer to my furniture in the female-tense).



46 thoughts on “Restoration Hardware inspired dresser”

  1. Wow! what a great find and amazing job on refinishing it. Looks perfect!

  2. Cherri Engle says:

    Thanks Beautiful. Great job on this project. It inspires me to find something similar and ‘give-it-a-try’. Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Kristen says:

    Wow, it looks great! I need to remember to look at old furniture like that next time.

  4. It looks so amazingly gorgeous!! Such an elegant piece! All your hard work really paid off!

  5. tinab158 says:

    I love this piece! Be-u-tee-ful! I also love the blue coral pillow that you placed on one of the chairs, and have been looking for one just like it. Could you share where you purchased it?

  6. Nancy W says:

    You did an amazing job! She turned out lovely and looks great there and styled so perfectly! Hugs from Conroe!

  7. The Exchange says:

    Oh WOW Amanda!!! Oh my gosh, it turned out so incredible! I am blown away and super inspired! I too enjoyed meeting you as well on Saturday and look forward to keeping up with you and your beautiful blog. I wish we could have visited more! Next time! Great job girl!

  8. Elsa says:

    It looks so good!! I know what it’s like to work on a dresser of that size…a pain…but so worth it in the end. I love your mom cave too.

  9. That piece is gorgeous Amanda! It was great talking with you the other day. Thanks again for answering so many questions. I’m still trying to figure out so many things but it is fun to learn. Take care!

  10. LOooks gorgeous..great looking piece all the way around. I have a chalk paint giveaway you may be interested in, come check it out.

  11. Beautiful job! I always refer to my furniture in the female tense as well…I wonder why we do that?!

  12. Val says:

    It came out so fabulous! Great job.

  13. Alicia says:

    i love this look…i’ve always wondered how people acheive that finish. now i know 🙂 and it definately looks like a girlie piece, probably why you call her a “her” 🙂

  14. Thanks for stopping by our blog!! This dresser is amazing..I’m in love!!

  15. That is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the link with me. No worries on referring to her as a female – this curvy little piece is definitely ALL girl. I love it. And hey, I’m all for using whatever resources you have on hand to get the job done…kids toys are no exception!


  16. seriously – that is sooo cute!!!! wow!!!! it looks like a totally different piece of furniture.

    no, that wasn’t me in lily pulitzer. i wish!!!!!!!!!!111 i’m too fat to wear lily- my daughter does though. but she’s teeny tiny, 4’10” 80 lbs. haha!!!


  17. Vee says:

    That looks wonderful and, since I have a piece just like it in my dining room right now, you’ve got my gears turning. (Except for the labor of love part.) Thanks for sharing the process!

  18. leah mari says:

    that is so beautiful! i saw it in another picture on your page and was liek man where did she get that?? must have been a lot of money! then i see you refinished it! thats such talent. great job! im your new follower! 🙂

  19. Simply Kelly says:

    Love the limes with the candles, what a great idea. Found your blog through Decor Chic– look forward to more great read.

  20. hmmm? I am in love!!! Great job! Come by & sign up for my continual giveaway…this week a $100 giveaway! And a few of my recent posts about furniture and bird cages…and a hilarious story about me! 😉 Meme

  21. WOW! That is amazing- it completely looks like it is straight out of Restoration Hardware! Pat yourself on the back because that is AWESOME!
    So fun to meet you on Saturday by the way! Wish we could have chatted more but I am just loving reading up on your blog!

  22. Decorating Ideas says:

    Gorgeous Makeover! Finding furniture and giving it a new life is a healthy adrenaline rush for sure!

  23. Cgal says:

    DROOLING!! What a wonderful job you did and I must say I like it WAY more than your inspiration piece.

  24. Aroura says:

    Amazing! I’m in love with the color of their wood furniture and wondered how you could acheive it, and your turned out so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!!!

  25. Steph says:

    Wow, just wow.

  26. Diane says:

    I love this look! I have a whole bedroom suite that this would look great on! Thanks for sharing it.


  27. Looks like your hard work paid off! It looks fabulous!! Very much Restoration Hardwarish (that’s a word too, right?)!

  28. That is inspiring. Ya know, you could have done it the easy way, just painted and distressed her, but the results would not have been have as classy. The work was worth it! Very nice.

    I hopped over from Southern Hospitality today. Thanks for the tutorial.

  29. Stunning! Your hard work, all of the sanding, really paid off. She is beautiful.

  30. Bernadette says:

    Though I adore your makeover skills, I am falling out of my chair at that urn in the tray. Sigh…such great photo styling…and refurbishing skills. What a gorgeous bit of work.


  31. KK says:

    She looks beautiful now. You did a fabulous job.

  32. Amanda, that is beautiful!! Love how you painted it, I must try that chalk paint.

  33. Cindy says:

    Turned out beautifully and looks great as a buffet!

  34. Rhonda says:

    That is so beautiful – great job! This makes me want to go thrifting right now!!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Well, SHE is just beautiful!
    Pink Hugs,

  36. Karen says:

    That looks gorgeous, it makes me want to try that look on a buffet that I have to do. I’m seriously considering it.Thanks s much for the tutorial. I popped over from Knock Off Decor.

  37. Debbie-- says:

    I just bought a yard sale dresser this weekend, thanks for the color inspiration!

  38. Becca says:

    What grey stain did you use? It came out just beautiful! Love those colors!

  39. I can’t believe the transformation of this piece. My mom has almost the exact dresser and matching highboy and end tables. I’d love to make them over for her – can’t wait to show her your “after”! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Jeanine says:

    What a beautiful piece of furniture. What grey stain did you use on it?

  41. SHERRY HART says:

    All your hard work paid off……I love it!

  42. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design says:

    Wow, you did an amazing job!! And it looks so gorgeous styled!

  43. Kimberly Scheffler says:

    I’m so impressed! You did a fabulous job! I picked up a table at a used furniture store awhile back and love the restoration hardware look. What kind of gray stain did you use?

    1. Amanda Eck says:

      Hi Kimberly
      I used a Deck Stain from Home Depot I think- its an all weather deck stain in driftwood gray color

      1. Kimberly Scheffler says:

        Thank you for the response! I’m on my way to Home Depot, I’ll let you know how my table comes out!

  44. Kimberly Scheffler says:

    Home Depot has drift gray stain in two types: solid and semi transparent, do you know which kind you used? I stripped my table, and now I am on the sanding phase!

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