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Restoration Hardware Finish Using Paint

One of my favorite ways to find furniture to flip is going to Salvation Army on their 50% off everything days. They usually have them once a month from Friday-Sunday, but it’s not on a set weekend…it depends on their current stock. I just call in on Friday morning or late Thursday night to see if they have furniture on sale that weekend. I got these 4 pieces, plus one more not pictured for $43 TOTAL one day! Even if I re-sell at really low prices that will still make a decent profit.

I like to work on multiple pieces at a time when I can, which is especially easy to do when they’re small. This minimizes the amount of brush washing I have to do, since I prime them all at once.

This nightstand is impossibly heavy for it’s size and really well-made, so I’ll still make a profit on it even though there is only one of them. In general for flipping furniture, keep in mind that it’s much easier to sell a set of 2 nightstands.

I sanded the entire piece then applied one coat of primer. For more details on how to do this, check out this desk makeover.

After it dried, I used 2 coats of a light beige color.

Using Minwax Classic Gray stain, I did one layer of stain on top of the paint. To apply stain, I always use a piece of an old t-shirt (mostly because I have 3 boys, which provides me with a plethora of destroyed and holy t-shirts). Fold up a piece and make sure the side you’re using to apply the stain is flat.

Make sure to wear gloves so you don’t stain your hands and nails…unless you’re like me and are constantly covered in paint anyways and just don’t care. First, wipe the stain in the corners and crevices.

Rub stain on the rest of the larger, flat surface. I’m not great at this, but you should try to wipe straight up and down instead of allowing it to curve…the straighter your lines of stain, the better the final look.

Continue to rub and blend the stain until you get a look you like.


Sometimes you’ll end up with spaces where the stain didn’t take. To fix this, I just add a swipe of stain, let it sit for a minute or two, then blend it in as well.

Use the same process on any doors or drawers.

Cover with a coat of clear wax or polycrylic. When that dries, reattach hardware, doors and/or drawers.

That’s it! Just some beige paint with stain on top.



Have you ever tried using stain over paint? I’d love to hear your comments and ideas and see pictures!

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  1. Sara I have never tried proper stain over paint. I once made my own. But just recently I bought some stain and will do it the right way and make a nice piece of restoration hardware furniture like yours.

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