I am often asked how to easily and affordably create a painted finish with all of the depth, graininess and color contrast of real wood. Though many other tutorials might claim they will help you create that authentic appeal, I have created a finish that will give you the graininess you desire while keeping the depth of color you wish to expose.
Crafting a beautiful life is about so much more than decor, furniture or a beautiful space. Although there is much joy in executing a beautiful design, the true beauty lies in the way it lives. Crafting a beautiful life means that as you live, as you experience what you are creating--everyday, it brings you the joy, peace and satisfaction only something collected from your two hands can bring.
Creating a beautiful space means that every aspect of your home, down to last little nook is tended to. Small corner vignettes and table top surfaces, when decorated rightly, can make all the difference in a room’s appeal. Even the smallest of items can act as the link that brings all of the colors and textures together.
This past weekend the Amy Howard team of creatives trekked to the bustling city of Atlanta, GA as an honored sponsor of Haven Bloggers Conference. Friday and Saturday held the exclusive attention of the brightest voices in the creative blogger community. Men and women from all over the United States and Canada gathered to glean from the finest of what the DIY movement has to offer, to bolster each other up, to learn from one another and to understand in greater clarity why we do what we do.
As you all know, scouring online resale sites has quickly become one of our favorite ways to hunt for buried treasure. The idea of shopping from home & picking up your purchase from a front porch (never having to see anyone, mind you) is almost too easy. Amy snagged this adorable lamp for under $15. The previous color could work elsewhere, but Amy wanted to add a pop of feminine color to adorn our otherwise masculine blue and white dresser. With her miracle lacquer in tow, she got to work!
We’ve all seen them...those dated side chairs with their odd faux finishes and dull fabric. Yuck! You have probably passed them up time and time again because you don’t know where to begin. Lucky for us, no job is too big for Amy and today she is sharing one of the many possibilities still left for these seemingly hopeless throw aways.
It can easily be said that our 100% natural One Step Paint™ is what set the Amy Howard At Home® line on the map. The methanol free formulation is in a league of it’s own. Our chalk-based paint not only allows you to skip the sanding, priming and stripping process; it can be used without sealing as well! With over 60% of all rescued and restored pieces being placed in children’s rooms, it was imperative to Amy that her line offer a completely safe choice for your precious babies.
The Amy Howard at Home line of professional artisan products takes no short cuts on quality. Our high performance furniture lacquer is unlike any other other acrylic spray paint you can find on the DIY store shelves. This nitrocellulose lacquer is the same professional grade formula used by luxury furniture lines and can be applied on practically any surface. As you too will soon find, the possibilities for this amazing product are endless!
One of our favorite products in the Amy Howard line is our professional grade furniture lacquers. You can use this product just about anywhere. It is, hands down, the quickest way to transform your project with a durable shine. With so many bold colors to choose from, we knew this mid-century dresser was screaming for a masculine overhaul.
Here at Amy Howard, we believe that every piece of rescued furniture has a story to tell and we are sure to listen. The lines, materials, composition and year it was crafted must be taken into consideration when dreaming up the new look and purpose. If you stay in tune with the integrity of the item and allow it to inspire you, the restoration process can’t go wrong.
The first and most crucial step in any beautifully decorated room is always laying out a clear foundation for the décor and color palette. Most, if not all, of the welcoming and timeless spaces we love were built & executed on the solid foundation of color planning. Inspiration for your décor can be found just about anywhere you are looking for it. Your love for the colors, textures and story of a single item can be enough to set the mood for an entire room.
When Gene and I set out on this big adventure we decided that no matter what came our way, we would give it our very best. Every new day here at Amy Howard Home has brought unforeseen blessing and countless opportunities to grow. We truly believe that when you set your minds on pursuing the things you love most with excellence & gratitude, every possibility is in your reach.
While on a trip to her beloved Italy, Amy happened upon this intricately designed antique lantern being sold in a street market. Beautiful in silhouette, the historic details of this piece also tell a great story. Dating all the way back to the early 19th century, this lantern was not only created to function as a source of light, it was someone’s work of art.