Do you have a few lamps that you want to donate because they’re just… ugly? Don’t toss them out just yet! This week on Finish Friday, Amy Howard is walking you through how to rescue and restore a thrift store lamp or one that’s been hiding in your attic for years. Whether your piece is glass, metal, wood, or plastic, there’s a finish that will work for everyone.
Sometimes, glass table tops, cabinet doors, trays, and even backsplashes need a little extra “something” to make them pop. This week on Finish Friday, Amy is showing us how to create patterned backsplashes and glass surfaces with Amy Howard at Home’s line of High-Performance Furniture Lacquer. This look — called Églomisé — allows you to decorate the back side of the glass and leave the opposite side free of paint or designs so that it can be cleaned and used as usual.
Aged terra cotta pots have a beauty all their own. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, these pots are beautiful accents for silk or artificial plants or even storage around the house or garden. But how do you get that beautiful mossy, aged look without waiting decades? This fun DIY terra cotta pot project tea
Do you love the look of galvanized metal wall art, planters, counters, or tabletops? So do we! That’s why Amy is showing us how to create beautiful metal patinas this week on Finish Friday. Follow along with the video if you want to learn how to use Amy Howard at Home’s Zinc Antiquing Solution to make all your metal pieces look aged and stylish.
Do you have an old chest sitting in storage but haven’t brought it out because it just doesn’t blend with your décor? Amy has you covered! In this DIY chest makeover tutorial, Amy is sharing a fun, short project that will give your chest of drawers new life — and a new look.
When it comes to creating authentically “Old World” pieces, nothing beats Amy Howard at Home’s Cracked Patina™. Not only does it allow you to create depth and texture without a ton of sanding, buffing, or painting techniques, but it’s easy to use with Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint.
One of the most popular products from Amy Howard at Home is the High-Performance Furniture Lacquer. This nitrocellulose lacquer gives a bright pop of color to any rescued piece and offers a deeper finish than other lacquers. Nitrocellulose lacquer is what is most often used on pianos, guitars, and other musical instruments to give it that deep, beautiful shine. Thanks to our special formulation, you can use the High-Performance Furniture Lacquer on tons of the surfaces, like furniture, ceramic tiles, metal, glass, outdoor furniture, and more.
But how do you use this lacquer — and what do you need to know before using it?
Gilding is not only a great way to add a bit of glamorous sparkle to your home, but it also provides a pop of detail you can’t get with any other finish. When applied correctly, gilding will allow you to mimic the look of patina and metals without needing metallic surfaces — or ever changing hardware. The best part? Gilding can go on virtually any surface, as long as you’ve used the proper application of Gilding Size.
Do you have a dresser or side table with classic style, but you’re just not in love with the color or the damaged wood? Amy is sharing her simple tips for changing a drab, old oak 3-drawer dresser into a blue and gold beauty. Follow along with these steps to apply Amy’s advice to your next project!