Getting a Restoration Hardware grey finish with ease….Eco Wood treatment

The blogging world has been inundated with the color grey.

Dark grey. Light grey.  Weathered grey.

Annie Sloan chalk paint is wonderful. I’ve used it on pretty much everything inside and outside the house.  It holds up extremely well.  In fact, the outdoor pieces have endured several heavy rain storms and the patina continues to weather without damage to the wood.

BUT have I got something even easier and GREENER for you. 

Eco Wood Treatment package (ignore the writing. this box only has 1/2 the powder left, thus the 1/2 gal mixing instruction)

Eco Wood Treatment.

My painter friend works on very exclusive, high-end estates in Montecito, Utah, Santa Monica and Newport Beach.  He introduced me to this product that hails from Canada.

You buy the powder, mix it with water and apply to raw wood.  It’s that easy.  It automatically begins to grey the wood, and over time, the wood continues to age and get a luxurious patina.  Oh, I forgot to mention that this stuff protects the wood, too.  And no need to ever re-stain.  Once and done.

The best part is that Eco Wood Treatment is eco friendly, is non toxic, and doesn’t stain anything but wood.  No need for drop cloths, masking, etc.  Just apply.  We used a sprayer for the arbors around the house and the stucco wasn’t affected at all.  I’ve also used a brush and foam brush for applications.

Check this out…

Eco Wood Treatment on redwood planter boxes

luxurious grey weathered look in an instant!

Eco Wood Treatment on kiln-dried douglas fir arbors at the back of our house

Eco Wood Treatment on kiln-dried douglas fir (close-up)

Eco Wood Treatment on the ole Costco playhouse which once was stained in honey. Took a good sun beating this summer. I simply brushed some Eco Wood and now it looks like an old cabin.

Each package is about US$18 and generates a gallon of stain.  We used 2.5 gallons to stain all three of our arbors, the playhouse, and 6 raised planters.  One application.  Ever.

Go get it!

p.s. I don’t know the owners of Eco Wood Treatment.  Never met ’em.  Not gettin’ paid for this.  Just happy to share a HUGE find.  🙂

p.p.s.  eco wood treatment and this picture have inspired my next project…the kids’ loft…stay tuned!

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shabby creek cottage

About meesh

Meesh has a passion for people, creative projects, and technology. She enjoys painting furniture back to life, gardening, playing with her kids, and connecting people.


  1. That looks pretty good. I said I wasn’t going to try to weather any wood again, but I might just have to try that, especially if you don’t have to clean it off afterward. It looks really good on everything you did.

    • imeeshu says

      Did you have a chance to try it yet? It’s so awesome and is still holding up great on everything I treated. How about you?

  2. btw. I love your playhouse.

  3. Siao Jer says

    what type of wood are your raised planters?

    • imeeshu says

      The raised planters are redwood with Eco Wood Treatment applied. Eco Wood is all natural and instantly gives the wood a Restoration Hardware-like finish. Protects the woods and continues to patina over time. We’re loving the raised beds!  meesh pierce c: 949-885-6108

  4. melissa says

    I am refinishing a pine farm table and would love to use this… have you tried it on anything for indoor use?

    • imeeshu says

      Yes you can definitely use it indoors as it has no odor and is all-natural (according to the packaging). Be sure to sand the wood down to some fresh wood so that the Eco-Wood can react. Good luck and let me know how it goes!!

  5. colleen says

    do you think I could use this on some bamboo chairs I just purchased if I sand off the top finish?… need them to match my burnt oak restoration hardware counter stools in my kitchen? any advice welcome!

    • imeeshu says

      Honestly, I don’t think it’ll work on bamboo as it needs to be a porous wood for the product to soak in and react with the wood. For bamboo I’d suggest using Annie Sloan. Do you have a pic you can email me? imeeshublog at gmail dot com

  6. I have a trestle table from Restoration Harware in the distressed grey. Every part of the table is still that beautiful grey except for the top of the table. The top now looks brown (as if the original stain has worn off- I did see the cleaning woman wiping it down using fabulouso and nearly died!)- I just brush off crumbs using a soft cloth and use warm water to wipe down if necessary. Any idea if the Eco treatment would work on bringing back some grey to the top???? I don’t want to sand it though. Can you recommend something that might work??? Much thanks!

    • While I love Fabuloso… 🙂 Hmmmm…I’m not totally sure what I’d do. Could you please send me a picture to imeeshublog at and I’ll take a look. If the wood has already been stained, I don’t believe that Ecowood will do any good. BUT, depending on the finish that’s left, there may be some tricks.