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.

eye chart2

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…]

My Best Makeover Yet…

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the spiritual moment I had while working on this dresser.

eugenie before

Because, oh my god.  She was just soooo bad.  Hours of stripping, sanding and repairing went into just getting her ready to paint.  More than one person in my family asked me why I didn’t just trash her.

It was obvious that the average sane person would take one look and think “lost cause.”

But all along I had a vision.  I saw her in a front entry way of a beach inspired home or holding piles of soft towels in a bathroom.   I knew she’d be soft and feminine when I got finished with her.

eugeniedresser [Read more…]

Updating a Chifferobe


I’ve had several pieces like this and just love updating them, but…I never knew the proper name for this style of furniture and just used the word “wardrobe” when asked.  I was so terribly wrong. [Read more…]