June 1, 2016

DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Finish

Awesome DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Finish Tutorial and Video#fg2b

Have you seen Restoration Hardware's new-ish branch, RH Modern? It's the same gorgeous RH look, but with the clean lines of mid-century modern pieces. I found this bedroom with the perfect gray furniture and I had to see if I could replicate it. 

Awesome DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Finish Tutorial and Video#fg2b

Materials


Directions

1.] GLUE: If you're making a headboard, you'll want to use dimensional lumber all the same width. That way, after the boards are glued up they will be flush. Use clamps to glue the planks together.


2.] SAND: Sand the boards and with 80 grit sandpaper and now they're ready for you to apply stain. 

3.] STAIN: If you want a pure gray, you should use Reclamation, if you want a gray with brown in it, use Salvage. Using a wide brush, roller, or sponge brush, apply heavy coat of stain. Like in the above video, the wood will absorb the stain as it dries. The color will change from raw wood to stained. 


4.] SEAL: To seal the wood, use White Maintenance Oil Topcoat. This will lock in that light driftwood look and protect the wood. It's a wipe on and wipe off application. Use a brush or rag to apply and a clean rag to immediately take it back off the wood. The longer it stays on the wood, the whiter the wood will get.

Awesome DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Finish Tutorial and Video#fg2b

Awesome DIY Restoration Hardware Reclaimed Gray Oak Finish Tutorial and Video#fg2b

This headboard sold instantly to a cute gal who was buying a new home. I wish I had an after, after pic, but this still gives you an idea what is possible. 

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