The best example of the popular “Restoration Hardware Finish” is on a piece from Restoration Hardware. This is the Circa 1870 French Pediment Mirror and is currently available on the RH website for $1649 plus shipping. But you can give any mirror a similar finish with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. Usually I paint a first coat of French Linen and the second coat in a wash of Old White, following the grain of the wood. It works if you paint Old White (solid coat) first and wash the French Linen over it. I have also substituted Coco for French Linen with equal success.
There are other techniques as well. Annie Sloan details how to create a “limed oak look” in her book, Color Recipes for Painted Furniture. And on her blog Lilyfield Life, Fiona Gavin describes two methods she uses. (Many roads lead to Rome or Restoration Hardware). I would love to hear from you. Have you tried any of these formulas or have you developed another way to recreate this in demand finish?
For another technique that yields a strangely similar look, see my post, Mirror Image.