Amy Howard One Step Paint: Understanding the Greys

When you need a neutral and are tired of white, you reach for grey, right?

I frequently use neutrals on my painted furniture, and LOVE grey.  I was especially excited when I found out that Amy Howard created 8 different grey tones in her One Step paint.  Wow.  (By the way, there are 52 One Step paint colors!)

So I thought I would go through the best sellers (and my favorites) to help you guys pick out the correct grey tone for your next paint project.  So without further ado…

pinforonesteppaint [Read more…]

Amy Howard at Home Classes in Greenville, SC

Hi Folks!

Just a reminder that my Class Schedule is a permanent fixture on this little ‘ol blog.  Just click on that “Workshops” tab up there…see?

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For April I have two Paint Your Piece classes.  This coming Saturday, April 11th and Tuesday, April 28th.  (They are both held at Palmetto Home & Garden, 2422 Laurens Road in Greenville.)

You bring your own small piece (I recommend a lamp, small side table, chair, stool or home decor item), pick out your paint color and completely give it a makeover in class.  You leave with a brand new piece of furniture!

But, you say…I only have this great big dresser/hutch/buffet/bedroom suite I’m wanting to refinish.   [Read more…]

How to Use Amy Howard’s Dust of Ages

Dust of Ages is one of my favorite products in the Amy Howard at Home line.  It looks phenomenal over dark colored One Step paint….Black, Graphite, Windsor, A Good Man….you name it.  It takes a newly painted finish and makes it look time worn, loved and gently cared for over a long period of time.

I asked Amy when I met her in January at Atlanta market if she used Dust of Ages on everything (this was after watching her demo products for about an hour).  “Pretty much,” she replied with a smile.

I felt like I had discovered a secret. [Read more…]

Finding Inspiration

Sometimes an idea comes together in my head, and later on I realize I’ve been inspired not by a beautiful piece of furniture on Pinterest, but by the most random thing.

Like this eye chart.

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I picked up this vintage looking poster in Asheville.  I really loved the colors, the quirkiness and the typography and thought it would be fun to use when staging my furniture.

So I brought it home and put it away until the time was right to use it. [Read more…]