Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Decorating with Seaside Finds

I absolutely love to decorate with seaside finds. I think as a final touch, it is beautiful to add shells and/or coral to bookcases, on top of books, etc. around the house. In quoting William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be Beautiful."

Inspiration:
Beautiful table decor
Light seaside feel
Great contrast of the shells with the deep blue bookcase
I love to put shells in my bathroom
I always use a mix of natural elements to my table as decor




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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

One Step Paint Color Mixing

For this One Step Paint color mixing project, I wanted to create a darker tone of a Mauve Taupe with brown and purple accents. I used equal parts of the Aubergine, Charm School and Cherbourg to create this beautiful color.

Color Mix:

Inspiration:
Yummy velvet cushion
Beautiful hand made pottery
Gorgeous family room
This neutral bedroom has a lighter feel
Again, lighter sense of the color
Beautiful bridesmaid's dress with her bouquet
Two-toned cabinet with fun pop of pink
Antique Chest



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Before and After Projects

Happy Monday and time for sharing new Before and After projects! I hope you are inspired as I am by the amazing transformations that our customers are creating.


Kitchen Cabinets
Before:
After:
For this kitchen makeover, the team used the Graphite One Step® with the Light Wax. 

Built-In Cabinets
In Process:
After:
For this project, they used the Selznick Gray One Step® for the exterior cabinets with the French Blue One Step® on the inside.
She then finished the piece by antiquing it with the Light and Dark waxes

Drum Table
After:
This drum table was painted with the Nottaway One Step with the side details and top painted in the Hugo Grey One Step
It was then finished with the 
Cracked Patina, Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of Ages.

Kitchen Cabinets
Before:
After:
Stacie shared that they used the Hugo Grey One Step to finish these kitchen cabinets.
She told us, "What a Transformation!"




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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Antique Inspiration: Bergere Chairs

Antique chairs often contain the key characteristics of various styles and periods of furniture manufacture. The particular style of Bergere chairs are one that I love! The definition of a Bergere: a type of upholstered armchair with closed sides; the sides are usually upholstered, but can also be made of cane; built for comfort, it has a long, wide cushioned seat; the back can be high or low, and in shape square, round, curved or conical (flowing without a break into the arms); developed in France ca. 1725, at the end of the Régence period, it flourished throughout the 18th century; characteristic of Louis XV, Louis XVI and other Rococo styles. It is also known as a "wing chair."

I have seen many of our customers find old bergeres and rescue them using the Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint®. It is inspiring to see such creativity.

Inspiration:
A French Empire bergère by Pierre-Antoine Bellange, c. 1815, of gessoed and gilded beech, in the Blue Room of the White House.









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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Painting Decorative Trim With Toscana Milk Paint




Inspiration:


Materials Needed:
• Piece of furniture/trim
• Amy Howard at Home H2Off
• Steel wool
• Amy Howard at Home Furniture Stain
• Sponge brush
• T-shirt rags
• Amy Howard at Home Toscana Powder Paint
• 3-4” China Bristle Brush
• Plastic Container/Styrofoam bowl
• Water
• Amy Howard at Home Light Wax
• Amy Howard at Home Dark Wax
• Amy Howard at Home Dust of Ages
• Amy Howard at Home Legno Gesso
• Cardboard palette



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One Step Color Mix: Tick Tock + Palm Beach

The One Step Paint® is a great product to mix! Although there are many color options, I love to make my own versions though color mixing. For this mix, I used equal parts of Tick Tock and Palm Beach. I was looking for a beautiful Pastel Mint Green which I feel I accomplished!

Color Mix:

Inspiration:
Beautiful Kitchen with accent of mint green
Fun color combination for a kids bathroom
Laduree has absolutely amazing colors including their entry doors
Simple chair that you could paint with the One Step Paint®
Frames in all shapes and sizes
Again, great color combination
Kitchen cabinets
I love the accent in just using the touch of green in this office with the chair





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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."

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

Vanity
Before:
After:
This piece was restored with the One Step®, Light Wax, and Dark Wax.

Chest
Before:
After:

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






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