Friday, September 19, 2014

How To: Paint on Fabric with One Step

I love to share How To Projects on the blog! There are so many different ways to use the Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint® so I encourage your creativity in using it.

Materials Needed:
-Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint®
-Amy Howard At Home China Bristle Brush
-Fabric of your choice
-Optional: Stencil, Putty Knife, 2nd One Step Paint® Color

How To Instructions:
1. Start with Fabric, One Step Paint®, and a Brush.
2. Lightly brush on the first coat of One Step Paint®.
*Make sure not to pounce the paint into the fabric.
*I suggest 2 even, light coats of paint.
3. Let the fabric dry.
*About 30 minutes to an hour.
4. Decide where you are going to place your stencil.
5. Using your putty knife, rub across the back of the stencil and lay down across your fabric.
6. Remove the backing of the stencil so the design is left on the front masking.
7. Use your putty knife to help the stencil stick to the fabric.
*For the best adhesion of the stencil, let the stencil sit on the fabric for about 30 minutes to an hour.
8. Remove the front masking from the design, making sure that the stencil stays to the fabric.
9. Use your second color of One Step Paint®.
10. Apply the paint to the fabric.
*Here you should lightly pounce in the paint. DO NOT BRUSH! Brushing paint tends to bleed under the design and will create undesirable effects.
11. Let the fabric dry completely.
12. You are finished and have your beautiful newly restored fabric!

Painting your fabric instead of reupholstering has never been so fun!

Process Photos:

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Featured Retailer: Paper Street Market

I am happy to share with you this week our Featured Retailer, Paper Street Market. The store is located in Saint Petersburg, Florida. As said on their website, "Paper Street Market is St. Petersburg's best vintage shop! We specialize in antiques for a new generation, and we have a great selection of antique medical, vintage industrial, re-purposed, and eclectic furniture, jewelry, and home accessories."

Amy: What made you decide to start your own business?   
Celesta: Sean and I had such a wonderful time scouting for furniture and accessories for our own home, that we did not want to stop!  We began selling out of a space in an antique mall, and then we had multiple spaces in multiple places.  We eventually realized that if we wanted to have a name and a brand for ourselves that we would have to go out on our own, and Paper Street Market was born.

A: What is your company motto?  
C: We want to have a shop, not a museum.  We pride ourselves on our price points and on our ever-changing inventory selection.

A: What do you love about having a store?  
C: The ability to help people find that one special piece they are looking for.  It is so much fun to see someone get excited about purchasing a piece of furniture that works perfectly for their space.

A: What is your favorite AHAH product? Color?  
C: We are big fans of the one-step paint.  We love the muted colors and the ability to utilize it in so many different ways.  I am naturally drawn to the French Blue color- I would paint pretty much anything in French Blue.

A: What sets you apart for other stores in your area?  
C: We tend to cater to the 'new age vintage' crowd, and consider ourselves a more hip version of a traditional antique shop.  We infuse a lot of vintage industrial and also rustic and reclaimed wood pieces into the mix, along with painted furniture and unique accessories you won't find everywhere else.  Everything we bring into the shop is hand-selected.

A: I cannot live without my...
C: Hot Tea.  Selecting and steeping loose-leaf tea is part of my daily routine and allows for a few moments of tranquility on hectic days. 

A: What is your favorite season?  
C: Springtime, because it represents fresh new opportunity and change.

Paper Street Market has a workshop next week on Thursday, September 25th. If you are nearby, be sure to sign up here!

Paper Street Market
Celesta, Store Owner
915 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 894-7777
Store Hours:
Monday through Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Ideas for Decorating

If you can believe it, we are already past the middle of September! The weather in Memphis is starting to get cooler and I am starting to notice how it is getting darker earlier. In saying that, I wanted to share inspiration for Fall Decorations where you could easily use either the One Step Paint®, Lacquer®, Gilding Supplies, or Antique Mirror Kit to create great decor for your home.

The Gilding Supplies could be used on pumpkins along with the One Step Paint®
You can spray the leaves with Golden Egg Lacquer®
You could use color to add an accent for your table top decor
I love the golden leaf used as a place card
The Silver adds such elegance
Fun pattern that you could do on a pumpkin but taping it off 
and using a couple different colors of the One Step Paint®
The One Step® works well on Fabric as well like here on this Burlap
You could paint pillows to use just for the season!
What drama this matte black pumpkin has
*You could get the same finish using the Black One Step Paint®
Urns are gorgeous especially when they have that beautiful crusty finish
*With using the antiquing supplies, paint your urn with the One Step Paint® and finish it off with the Light Wax, Dark Wax, and Dust of the Ages®

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One Step Paint Color Mix: Shaw Red + Aubergine

For this color mixing combination, I chose to use two primary colors of the One Step Paint®. Primary colors are defined as being the sets of colors that can be combined to make a useful range of colors. Here I chose to use our Shaw Red (with a root color of red) with the Aubergine (with a root color of blue) to create a beautiful purple hue.
One Step Color Mix:

I love the use of color for front doors.
Velvet is one of my favorite fabrics to use on sofas.
Possibly a color for your bedding.
The purple tones are used more of an accent color for this room.
All variations of purple are used here.
Elegant, antique chair with a beautiful purple hue.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Rescued Furniture: Before & After

I love to see such creativity when our customers share their projects with us. In quoting Albert Einstein, "Creativity is intelligence having fun!" I hope you enjoy seeing these rescued pieces of furniture.

This desk was restored using the 

from Vintage Dreamzzz
The chest was transformed using the American Dream One Step Paint®

This elegant chair was painted with the Chelsea Square One Step Paint®

Nesting Tables
The three nesting tables were sprayed with the 
in Kumquat, Easton Green, and Belize

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Featured Retailer: Operation Magpie

I am excited to share with you our Featured Retailer this week, Operation Magpie.  Operation Magpie’s owner Lori came all the way from Canada to train with Amy Howard At Home ® team in Memphis.  Operation Magpie is all about empowering ourselves and trusting our creative inclinations.

What made you decide to start your own business? 
Lori: I felt a calling to open my own shop that I had a hard time articulating.  I felt a deep seeded truth that this was where I needed to be, so much so that the thought of not opening was physically painful.  I have always needed a creative outlet and I am so thankful and grateful to my clients that allow me to be able to do what I love everyday!

A: What is your company motto?
L: I don't have a company motto but I do have a mission statement.
"At Operation Magpie we believe that women are powerful beyond measure.  We believe in a world where women can achieve anything when we support each other.  We believe that embracing another woman’s success does not make us less it makes the world a better place.  We believe in building confidence by doing.  We believe the home is a sacred place of imperfection.  We believe everyone needs a beautiful space to call home and we are here to show you it doesn’t take a lot of money to do that."

A: What do you love about having a store? 
L: I love seeing my clients eyes light up when they look at a piece they just finished.  It doesn't matter if it's a piece of sample trim or a table, they just shine with pride and excitement!
Mother/Son duo came in for a One Step Antiquing Workshop

A: What is your favorite AHAH product? color?  
L: I don't have a favorite AHAH product...I love it all!  I love the variety and versatility of the AHAH products that allow me to create so many different looks and finishes.  Graphite is one of my favorite one step colors.  

A: What sets you apart for other stores in your area? 
L: I am finally comfortable saying I'm an artist!  It is my vision and aesthetic that sets me apart.  What others may see as a tired worn out piece of furniture, I see an elegant refinished piece, the color and details are clear to me.  I would love to take credit for that vision but I'm just the vessel!

A: I cannot live without my...
L: The support of my family... And my french press!

A: What is your favorite season?
L: Fall has always been my favorite season.  My love of the textures, colors and layering go back to my days in high end women's wear.  Except now I'm crazy about cozy blankets instead of sweaters.

A: What is your aesthetic in 3 words?
L: Eclectic, comfortable, handmade
Workshop Area
Beautiful Display Cabinet

Lori Smith, Owner
Operation Magpie
82 York St. Unit A, 
London, ON, N6A 1A6
Tel:519-601-1663 | Cell: 519-719-3821

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