Some of my fondest memories have been shaped by our trips to the Paris flea market. Every antiquity a history aficionado could ever dream of can be found on those merchant tables. So many beautiful fragment of history have been gathered to be sold and given a brand new lease on life. It’s magical to say the least. Every trip I remember seeing these zinc fragments rescued from what I can only assume to be, the most gorgeous buildings in Paris. These timeless pieces were rare, beautiful and of course EXPENSIVE! In an effort to capture my own piece of Parisian architectural history right here in Memphis, Gene and I got to work! Our steps to create antique zinc are not only simple, but include an incredible affordable material: galvanized sheet metal!
I love the beautiful flaky shutters found adorning historical homes. The years and years of paint layers seem to become a textural interest all on their own. Though I can get lost thinking on the story behind each layer of color, to purchase these shutters separately can be quite an expensive indulgence!
I recently found these antique shutters that had been covered in a dark green oil base paint. At half the cost of the other antique shutters, my find wasn’t quite as “polished” as the ones from a prestigious antique shop, but I knew I could give these hidden treasures a face lift! How beautiful would these shutters be with a layer of light blue?
I love sprucing up the little nooks in my home with accessories like decorative trays. These unassuming accents speak “Come sit and relax a while. Bring a cup of coffee and your favorite book. Let’s get cozy.” My favorites spots always end up being the coziest ones. I thought it would be fun to create a modern tray layered with decoupage and lacquer. I started with a simple raw wood tray and had a piece of plain clear glass cut to size.
Looking at life through my eyes means everything is seen “outside the box”. I see an object, not for what it already is, but all that it can become. Allowing your imagination to focus on life’s potential and not its shortcomings, ushers a world of possibilities into your artistic creations!
I know you must be just as shocked as I am to hear that America throws away over 11 million tons of forgotten furniture every single year! That is a lot of rescuing to be done folks! During my “curbside shopping” excursions, I have found some of my favorite dressers and chairs along with quite a few misplaced drawers without a home to rest or a purpose to mention. Today I would like to reveal how these previously useless drawers can be given a brand new lease on life!
I want to tell you about a furniture finish that I absolutely love. It’s been around for quite a long time, and, although it has fallen in and out of favor over the centuries, it is recently making a comeback! I’m talking about this fabulous cerused, or limed, finish. With a very understated and elegant look, the cerused finish delightfully agrees with so many different decorating styles. Whether your style is anything from modern to rustic, this finish will make any room dance. Rubbed into the open grooves and pores of wood, the whiting process brings out and highlights the woodgrain. Recently, I’m seeing this finish popularized on furniture (especially a lot of mid-century living room pieces), and on kitchen and bath cabinetry. It’s jaw-dropping gorgeous and you’d never believe it’s probably the easiest furniture finish for you to achieve! So today, I want to share some backstory, stunning examples, and how you can get this look so you can craft a beautiful life!
I want unveil a groundbreaking product that’s about to make your wildest DIY dreams come true!Have you ever wanted to transfer an image onto a surface, and get that distressed, hand-painted look, like in the photo above? I am introducing an innovative new product, and I wanted you, my friends, to be the first to see the eye-popping results. Amy Howard at Home® Copycat™ is an inexpensive and playful way to create wall art! As you’ll see in the following post, you can print off a simple picture from your ink-jet printer, use Copycat™ to make the picture look like an antique canvas painting, looking blessed with the deep color and texture of age. Believe it or not, this project can be done on wood, fabric, even glass. One of our team members is even applying a map to an over sized canvas to make it grand, antique world map! Today, I want to show you how to apply a simple ink-jet printer picture, transformed into a gorgeous antique painting!
Spending more time indoors this season, I looked around and realized that the kitchen could use a cute pop of color, too! A cheery hue can make the space smile, and the fabric will save your bare floors in high-trafficked areas. Floor cloths are a popular alternative to area rugs, and they are durable enough that you could even put a larger one under your dining room table.
When I moved into my new house this year, the bathroom had an unwanted guest. He was sad, ugly—he shouted too loud. He was brassy and boorish, and has a lot of brothers in houses all over the States. I’m talking about this gaudy brass chandelier, and he needed to be rescued! I’m quite sure you can find these guys near and far; estate sales, your mother’s basement—everywhere. I decided to have some fun with him, and introduced the chandelier to our Amy Howard At Home® High Performance Furniture Lacquer.™ The lacquer shifts the dimensions—flattens it and lowers his loud-o-meter. It also had these cool dangly crystals that I thought would be so fun to gild! The result is a fun, upcycled, modern look that radiates a shabby-chic vibe. Now the whole thing seems like a giant jewel.
If you’re stir-crazy from the winter, or just itching to try the Amy Howard At Home® High Performance Lacquer™, these cute, low-risk/high-results projects are the ones for you! The look is professional and jaw-dropping. I think you’ll love the modern colors and striking finishes you’ll get with this paint.
If you’re running short on gift ideas, have I got a chic gift for you! We took a plain ol’ everyday plastic picture frame and used One Step Paint™, gilding, and waxes to create an elegant memento! Giving this present with a sentimental photo will sure to be treasured forever. And when they ask if it’s “antique” or not? Shhhh…we’ll never tell.
This season, we enjoy the delight of hosting loved ones. We laugh until our sides hurt, and soak in the sort of scrumptious smells that only come once a year. But we all know that holiday seating can be hard to come by. I know my friends and family will hunker over counter spaces eating their roasted chestnuts if need be, but there's gotta be a better way!
Handmade is more chic than ever! I wanted to show you how everyday ceramic tiles can become wildly glorious. You could use them as trivets and coasters for a holiday party, or give even give as holiday gifts. You'll be royalty at your family gift exchange, while you just sip your egg nog with a wry smile.
You asked, we listened. This week at the Amy Howard At Home headquarters, we busied ourselves, creating a steady stream of helpful YouTube videos! These are the quintessential tutorials, that you, dear DIY-er, have requested. Below, you'll find a quick recap of our most recent videos, and at the bottom, maybe some sneak peaks of what's to come!
Remember how shocked you were when you heard that our One Step Paint could be brushed on fabrics? If that isn't wild enough, wait until you see what we tried next! We took a velvet pillowcase and applied our Gold Leaf Sheets, popping rich textures and colors you just have to touch to believe. Combine the green and gold for an indulgent look that you can accomplish in minutes. In this blog post, you’ll see how you can quickly create an luxurious, unforgettable gift, leaving your loved ones wide-eyed!
Everywhere this Antiqued Zinc Top Table goes it receive stares, admiration and wonder. Everyone who has ever sat down to work at this table asks how we made it, what products we used and where they can get the materials? Well the tutorial full of all our zinc-loving secrets is finally here!
It shouldn’t be a surprise that I LOVE holiday decor! When I feel the air getting cooler and smell that familiar smoky scent warming some lucky soul down the street, I know it’s time to start setting out my favorite festive accents!
As I’m sure you know, one of the best things about being an avid DIY lover is that every new holiday allows your creative skills to shine in a never before seen light!
Today I am walking you through my take on how to modernize the traditional pumpkin display. This little trio is perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving alike!
Every once in a while we see that one of our project pieces need a little more personality and it's time for us to dive into the treasure trouve of amazingly versatile finishing products the Amy Howard at Home line carries. For this project, we dreamed of a little French bistro insprired whimsy! Follow along as we use the Amy Howard at Home® Toscana Milk Paint Binder™ in a way you never imagined possible!
To kick off the fall season in style, we sent out a challenge to our Amy Howard at Home® retail boutique owners and their treasure clients: rescue a piece of furniture for as inexpensively as possible, gather your most imaginative ideas, restore that piece using at least 3 Amy Howard at Home® products and then turn around and sell it for as much as you can! We lovingly named this sweepstakes “Flea, Find, Flip” in honor of our favorite way to use the Amy Howard at Home® products!
We picked up an adorable globe lamp just last week using our favorite "porch pick-up" site. The original yellow colored glass seemed dated to me, but the globe shape just screamed modern. Follow along as I show you just how easy it was to transform this lamp from boring to perfection!
Making it possible for you, our treasured clients, to produce professional grade products for pennies on the dollar, is the very reason the Amy Howard at Home® lifestyle line exists. Having spent over half of my life as a professional refinisher, I truly believe it only takes one DIY project using my products to make you feel like a pro! Follow along as I display how easy it can be to refinish any raw wood surface to appear as though it were a historical masterpiece.
The luxury and beauty that has been synonymous with Fortuny fabrics since 1906, has been a constant source of reference in my efforts as a furniture, lifestyle and interior decor designer. To touch the supple fibers of a Fortuny fabric, is to feel the tangible evidence of constantly refined elegance. When I realized how very few of us will ever have the privilege of actually owning a piece of furniture upholstered in Fortuny fabric, I couldn’t think of a better project to formulate than a Fortuny look-a-like!
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.
I have recently discovered that I can easily & most importantly--inexpensively recreate those glorious gilded tiles everyone is drooling over! This original technique has quickly become one of my favorite creations!
When I saw the beautifully intricate shape this vintage mirror had, I immediately envisioned it being placed in our new guest bathroom. When I saw that it was ONLY $30, I scooped it right up. Of course there were a few measures I needed to take before it was ready!
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.