How to Blend Two Colors

Hi everyone, Denise from Salvaged Inspirations here!

I’m excited to share today’s makeover with you. This dated sewing cabinet has been reloved into a DIY Restoration Hardware Greige Finish using only TWO paint colors. And the best part — YOU control how light or dark you want your greige to be!

Materials List:

Check out my YouTube video of this makeover below!

How To:

Before I started painting, I prepped the cabinet with a good cleaning and a few repairs.

This finish works best if your piece has some wood grain/texture. This oak sewing cabinet was perfect!


For my base, I painted two coats of this French Linen which is a mix of gray and brown or a very light taupe.


To add some depth and texture, I paint all the wood detailing in Coffee Bean.


To soften the details, I dry brushed French Linen over the Coffee Bean and added another solid layer on the top and sides.


After step 3 dried, I applied a Coffee Bean wash. To do this, I dipped my brush in water and then dipped it into the paint. Working on one side at a time, I brushed on the watered-down paint.

Tip~ This is where you control how light or dark you’d like your greige wood finish. For a lighter look use more water in your wash. For a darker look use more paint in your wash.

To learn how to remove excess wash and finish up with Clear Coat in Satin, head over to Salvaged Inspirations here for more details!

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  1. Keith D. Sullens says:

    That was a great and well explained tutorial. Well done.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Keith, we’re so glad this tutorial was helpful! We hope you’ve got a project planned with Dixie Belle Paint soon! Be sure to join our Facebook group Chalk Mineral Paint Enthusiasts to collaborate with other artists: Happy Painting! 🙂

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