May 12, 2017

Restoration Hardware Inspired Desk

Hey guys! It's my favorite kind of project! A Restoration Hardware inspired piece! I loving getting that look at an affordable price, don't you? Let's turn an old garage sale find into a RH masterpiece!
We got this old mahogany desk, but this project will work on any wood type. Let's get started...


  • Furniture Piece, this was a Mahogany desk

  • 1 Garbage Bag

  • Citristrip

  • Mineral Spirits

  • Palm Sander

  • Light Oaking by Weatherwood Stains

  • Flat Varnish by Weatherwood Stains

  • 1 Step Furniture Paint by Pearl

  • Directions

    1.] STRIP: First you'll want to apply a thick layer of Citristrip to the table. Citristrip has a tendency to dry out before it can eat away at all the layers of stain and lacquer. So covering the wet stripper with a garbage bag helps keep the moisture in while it works.
    2.] SCRAPE: When the stripper turns white, it's ready to be scraper off. Remove the bags and scrape as much of the mixture off, as you can. You'll want to try and get down ti the raw wood if you can. But being careful not to scrape or damage the wood itself. 
    3.] CLEAN: You will want to wipe the table down with mineral spirits and a rag to remove any existing residue. This should remove any sticky residue from the tabletop. 
    4.] SAND TOP: Here's the labor portion. You want to use a palm sander and 80 grit sandpaper to make sure the wood is completely down to raw. 

    5.] PAINT: Paint the base with a good chalky finish or one step furniture paint. You can see how this was super low matte sheen. Perfect the that Restoration Hardware look. Just brush on and allow to dry naturally. 

    6.] STAIN: Weatherwood released a new stain that can turn oak into a beautiful driftwood gray, called Light Oaking. This product can work on any wood, so it's less complicated than some of their other products. You can apply multiple coats of stain and get darker effects with each layer. This desk was made of mahogany, a real orangey-red wood. So we layered three coats of stain on this, fortunately you can apply them real fast back to back within minutes (unlike traditional wood stains!) so your project can still get done quickly!

    7.] SEAL: We used Flat Varnish from Weatherwood to seal the wood. When you seal the wood, the color will lighten slightly. Be prepared, but isn't the effect just great?!

    One of my favorite furniture transformations, by far! It really captures that industrial, RH look. For more projects with this stain color, check'em out here: link.

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