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.

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


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:

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."

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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