Monday, October 20, 2014

Before & After's

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to a beautiful Fall week! It has been absolutely gorgeous in Memphis. I am always excited to share with you each week, a new set of Before and After projects we have received from our customers. I hope you are inspired to take on your own project!

Folding Table
Before & After:
This folding table was painted with the 
Amy Howard at Home High Performance LaGrange Lacquer®.

Bedroom Suite
Before & After:
This bedroom suite was completely transformed using the One Step Paint® and waxes. The retailer shared with us "I used the new color, Linen, but had to mix in a little bit of Mollie Yellow. The client wanted it a little more creamy. The green accent is Vintage Affliction mixed with a little hooker green acrylic because she wanted it a little deeper and greener. The Dark Wax really gave the pieces a nice patina. She was very pleased. Love#onesteppaint."

One of our retailers in Canada shared that they used the One Step® to rescue this table.

This piece was restored with the One Step®, Light Wax, and Dark Wax.


Belle Couleurs by Victoria
This piece was restored with the Vintage Affliction One Step®, Light Wax, and Dark Wax.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Decorating with Urns

Urns are one of my favorite antique finds to decorate with around the house. As I have previous shown on this Before and After Tutorial, it is a great DIY Project to take on in restoring an Antique Urn using the One Step Paint® along with the Antiquing products.
This is the Urn from the Tutorial

In defining what an urn is, "An urn is a vase, ordinarily covered, that usually has a narrowed neck above a footed pedestalIn Classical terms, an urn is a large decorative covered container of wood, metal, pottery, etc. In furniture, it was a large wooden vase-like container which was usually set on a pedestal on either side of a side table. This was the characteristic of Adam designs and also of Hepplewhite's work. Urns were also used as decorative turnings at the cross points of stretchers in 16th and 17th century furniture designs."
I love that urns can be placed either inside or outside
Always mix old crusty urns with elegant flowers on your table. 
Remember, it's all about mixing textures again.
Beautiful entryway
Simple yet adds to the decor
I even have used them here on my bookcases
In my family room, the urn was used as a vase for this arrangement
Even outside, they may be used as a fountain
Especially great for the holidays with pumpkins and gourds
And Christmas...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Color Mix: Tick Tock + American Dream

Blue is the color of light between violet and green on the visible spectrum. Hues of blue include indigo and ultramarine, closer to violet; pure blue, without any mixture of other colors; Cyan, which is midway on the spectrum between blue and green, and the other blue-greens turquoiseteal, and aquamarine.
Blues also vary in shade or tint; darker shades of blue contain black or grey, while lighter tints contain white. Darker shades of blue include ultramarinecobalt bluenavy blue, and Prussian blue; while lighter tints include sky blueazure, and Egyptian blue
Blue pigments were originally made from minerals such as lapis lazulicobalt and azurite, and blue dyes were made from plants; usually woad in Europe, and Indigofera tinctoria, or True indigo, in Asia and Africa. Today most blue pigments and dyes are made by a chemical process.

For this mixture, I wanted to create a beautiful Cobalt Blue using two of the other blue hues of One Step Paint®.
Color Mix
3/4 American Dream + 1/4 Tick Tock
Vintage Blue bottles
Kitchen cabinets may be painted with the One Step Paint®
I love this stove
Beautiful color combination in this window display
You could restore old lamps with the One Step Paint®
Gorgeous Doors
Great restored chest
I like how this kitchen just has a touch of Cobalt Blue with the painted chairs

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Before and After Monday

Welcome to a new week of Before & After projects! There are so many ways to use the Amy Howard At Home products to Rescue, Restore, and Redecorate your furniture.

This furniture piece was painted with the Shaw Red One Step 
followed by the Light Wax.

Side Table
This little side table was restored with the Black One Step.
It was then finished with the Light wax

Vintage Chair
Perfectly Random shared that they used the Selznick Grey One Step to rescue this chair.

Side Table
Lifa Home shared that they used the Selznick Grey One Step 
to restore these kitchen cabinets.
They then finished the cabinets by waxing them with the Light wax

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Friday, October 10, 2014

How To: Antique Mirror

How To: Antique Mirror


Materials Needed:
• Amy Howard At Home Mirror Stripper
• Amy Howard At Home Antique Mirror Solution
• Appropriate gloves for stripping mirror backing paint
• Paint roller
• Safety goggles 
• T-shirt rags
• Kraft paper
• Water source (for rinsing)
• Degreaser
• Small plastic container
• Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint

How To Instructions:
1. Find a well ventilated area for working. You will need a water source for rinsing mirror during the antiquing process. The work area should be protected by plastic tarp or an area that will not be damaged by mirror stripper. Temperature must be above 70 degrees F for the process to work.
2. Place mirror face down on a non abrasive surface. 
3. Put on safety goggles and appropriate gloves to protect from stripper.
4. Shake well Amy Howard At Home Mirror Stripper. Apply stripper to mirror backing paint and promptly roll out stripper with paint roller. You should have a uniform layer of stripper approximately 1/16” thick with total coverage of mirror back. Better to have a little more than less. 
5. The backing paint will begin to bubble up and is ready to remove when entire back has bubbled up. This usually takes minutes to complete.
6. Take a piece of kraft paper slightly larger than mirror and lay it on the bubbled mirror backing paint and lightly pat it down. Slowly lift the kraft paper. The backing paint will lift up on the kraft paper. If any backing paint is left on the mirror, apply small amount of stripper on backing paint, wait five minutes and place piece of kraft paper on that area and remove remaining backing paint.
7. The silver of the mirror is now exposed. Be careful not to scratch the silver during the following processes.
8. Once backing paint is removed, rinse the stripper from mirror with water source. A water hose is best in an area where water can run off and stripper will not damage.
9. Spray degreaser on back of mirror where the backing paint was removed and use rag to wipe off any excess stripper. Be very gentle cleaning to prevent scratching through the exposed silver.
10. Rinse well to remove degreaser and allow mirror to dry.
11. Shake well Amy Howard At Home Antique Mirror Solution and pour amount to be used in a small plastic container large enough to put soft cotton cloth in for application of solution.
12. Soak rag in container of Antique Solution. Apply, gently, solution with saturated cloth on the exposed silver. Use very small circular motion and apply over the entire area. Continue to apply until silver is stays wet. Allow to set 5-10 minutes. The silver will turn dark during this process, but you will need to lift and look at front of mirror to see how intense the antiquing process is occurring. 
13. Continue to apply more Antiquing Solution to promote the antiquing process, checking the front of the mirror to see desired effect. This will take approximately 30 minutes but is dependent on temperature (the warmer the work area, the faster the process). For darker antique mirror, continue application of solution.
14.When mirror has reached desired effect, rinse antique solution with water source and allow to dry.
15. Apply Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint with a roller brush. Two thin coats for best results. Allow first coat to dry to the touch before applying second coat. Black is the best color for this, but can use other colors to get different affects.
16. Enjoy the bragging rights!

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Color Mix to Create Dark Blue

Color trends do cross industries. I love that you can often look from fashion to interior design to get inspiration and ideas about what will be going on with trending colors. Often, the staple neutrals are present but there are always seasons where certain colors make their way in being more popular. 
As talked about earlier this year after the runway shows in fashion for what would be coming out for Fall, Dark Blue was a huge hit. "Forget about "Fifty Shades of Grey" and make room for some blue in your closet...
We've already talked about how autumnal tones and pastels are slated to be big for fall, but blue (dark, light and everything in between) also had a strong presence on the runways this season. From cerulean, cyan and cobalt to navy, sapphire and periwinkle, countless shades of blue are going to be seen on dresses, tops, skirts and more this fall."
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For this particular color mixing project to create Dark Blue, I used 3/8 Black, ½ American Dream and 1/8 Graphite.

One Step Color Mix: Black + American Dream + Graphite
This touch of blue works well as an accent color
In the gallery of this Houston estate, 
1920s lanterns from Carlos de la Puente Antiques hover 
above a 19th-century Italian table.
Gorgeous as a well color
Beautiful various tones of blue here.
I love the navy lacquer mixed with the traditional

Dark blue kitchen cabinets
The accent of blue is beautiful with a neutral
Aerin Lauder has a gorgeous dark blue library
Yummy dark blue velvet chairs

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