Introducing Amy Howard at Home

If you’re here, you probably saw my announcement about becoming a retailer for Amy Howard at Home.  I’m so excited about this opportunity, because as much as I love finding, refinishing and flipping old pieces myself, the heart of why I do what I do is this:

“Encourage, inspire, and bless women in their homes and lives.”

For most women, their home is who they are.  Not in a “look at me” decorating kind of way, but in an expressive this is who I am, won’t you please come be a part of my life kind of a way.

Our homes are where we nurture people and create family (whether or not they are related to us), raise children, celebrate life and grow old with the ones we love.  And a lot of times, it is our number one creative outlet.  Wouldn’t you agree with this?  If you’ve lived in your house awhile, think of all the ways you’ve made it “you.”  See what I mean?

I love when one of my furniture pieces finds a new place to live.  Like the pale pink dresser that we delivered to the adorably pregnant young gal who was positively swooning over her luck in finding my piece for her baby girl’s room.  Made.  My.  Day.  But you know what else makes my day?  Showing a DIYer how to take her mom’s childhood dresser and update it to match her new bedroom in her new home.

I am a teacher at heart.  As in…I really, truly love teaching.  To prove it…I home schooled for 10 years.  I’ve taught writing and literature classes to other kids.  I’m a Master Gardener and used to teach gardening classes.  Teaching my first Amy Howard at Home class last month was a great big thrill for me.  I know…eye roll…but it was!

Bottom line…taking on a paint line has been something I felt would really enhance the other side of who I am and my business.  This opportunity to take over the retail space at Palmetto Home and Garden fell right into my lap at just the right time.  Needless to say, I am thrilled to be your Amy Howard at Home retailer and educator.  We are going to have so much fun making things pretty together!  And…of course…I will still be painting and selling my own pieces in my current space at Palmetto.  (Palmetto Home & Garden, 2422 Laurens Road, Greenville, SC.)

So let me introduce you to Amy’s line:

One Step Paint:  Probably my favorite part of Amy’s chalk paint is her incredible color palette.  So many varying shades of the most beautiful fresh and light colors.  She doesn’t just have one or two shades of say, blue, but seven.  Seven!  Do you see in the picture below how many beautiful neutrals she has?   Also, one step stands alone in the world of chalk paint because it has a sealer in it.  That means you can actually NOT wax and your paint finish will hold up incredibly well (this is not a distress with a wet rag chalk paint!)  An unwaxed piece is matte and smooth to the touch.  Adding wax gives it a bit of sheen and an old world finish.  Other great things about One Step: it’s free of VOC’s and methanol and made in the USA!


Toscana Paint:  This is Amy’s casein or milk paint.  Most of you know, I love me some milk paint.  On the right piece, I just die over a primitive, chippy look.  Amy’s milk paint is like milk paint that left the hollar and went to the Sorbonne.  It is refined, people.  High-pigmented powders that you mix with water and then layer and create looks that duplicate a 100 year old Italian antique?  Yes, please!!   And once again, her colors leave you breathless.


High Performance Lacquers:  This is a two step spray process that will give you a high gloss finish.  So much fun!  I have not used this yet because, well, I’m a farmhouse girl, not a modern girl!  But I will definitely be playing with this soon and can’t wait to report back.  Again…the colors!  Where the Toscana paint is soft and subdued, the lacquers are bright and vibrant, just like you’d expect in a modern, glossy finish.

Waxes:  These are soft waxes made of carnauba and beeswax.  Having waxed hundreds of pieces of furniture, I will never use anything other than a soft wax again.  They glide on your piece freely and the dark wax is easy to manipulate and not overdo.  Amy’s waxes even smell nice!  I am very sensitive to strong odors and these are such a pleasure to work with.   They come in clear, amber, dark and liming (white).

Specialty Finishes:  Okay, here is where Amy really shines.  She is a talented furniture and interior designer, as well as a trained artist and brought all this talent into creating her DIY line.  Zinc solution to give metal the look of aged zinc.  Antique Mirror Solution to give mirrored glass an aged patina.  Cracked patina which gives a “chippy” look when using One Step paint by creating large or small fissure cracks on paint finishes.  (I like to use this in spots, not all over.)  Dust of Ages, a greyish colored powder.  The very last step after waxing for creating one more lovely layer of age on a piece.  This extra step truly makes a difference in the final product if you are working on an ornate piece and want it to look like an aged antique.

And…and….there are new products coming for 2015!  Embossing creams and stencils!

So if you’d like to play, you need to sign up for a class with me.  I will be posting upcoming class dates early next week both here and on my Facebook page (link above).  Plus I will have a schedule posted in my space at Palmetto.  You can also email me (link above) to get on my mailing list.

Thanks for stopping by to learn about Amy Howard at Home!



  1. Carol bevil says:

    Painted a piece in bauhaus buff then cut dark wax and tested on section. It went to yellow Can i paint back over with chalk paint?

    • Hi Carol

      Make sure that you’ve waxed your piece with either the clear or light wax before using the dark. The dark wax is a highlighter only and should be applied to maybe 15% of your piece. Its job is just to add some age and patina to your already waxed piece. Yes, you can paint back over with chalk paint to fix.

  2. Carol bevil says:

    Painted a piece in bauhaus buff then cut dark wax and tested on section. It went too yellow Can i paint back over with chalk paint? And what finish would you recommend Not ornate wood

  3. Rebecca Carey says:

    Hi Mary,

    Do you have any experience with Amy Howard’s sealers? I’m trying to decide between matte and gloss, and I can’t find anything about them online — especially about how they look!

    Thank you.

    • Hi Rebecca, I sure do. The sealers are similar to using a water-based polycrylic. The matte finish has a very slight sheen similar to a satin finish while the gloss has a very shiny finish. I am currently dealing my kitchen cabinets with the matte sealer and it is lovely!

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