Did you know that we throw away over 30 million tons of furniture in the United States alone every single year? What a waste!
Amy Howard is on a mission to get us to stop tossing away old pieces and start rescuing promising finds along the road and at the thrift shop.
Many people are reticent to take on a DIY restoration project because they think it will be too challenging. But Amy Howard at Home One-Step Paint makes it really easy, as Amy shows in this short video tutorial.
Safe, Quick, and Easy!
One-Step Paint is water-based, has no VOCs, and dries within 30 minutes. You don’t even need to seal it if you don’t want to.
This paint can be used on virtually any surface you can imagine, such as wood, formica, tile, metal upholstery, and even on brick. Use it to rescue kitchen cabinets, vanities, lampshades, or you-name-it. The surfaces are endless!
It’s fine to use One-Step Paint indoors, as it’s safe, has no bad odors or fumes, and actually boasts a nice-smelling fragrance
There is no need to sand, strip, or use a primer before applying this paint. Just clean it with Clean Slate to start, and you’re ready to begin painting.
Painting With One-Step Chalky Finish Paint
Using a synthetic brush, Amy explains that you should make long, clean strokes to paint your piece. It’s generally better to work on a flat surface, so something like a drawer or door front ought to be laid down flat if possible. That said, if you do have to work on a vertical surface, the consistency of the paint is thick enough that it won’t be a problem.
Dark colors will generally give you better coverage, but if you want to paint using one of the many excellent lighter colors that One-Step Paint offers, you will just want to be sure to do two coats to ensure complete coverage. (Remember, it’s one-step paint, not necessarily one coat paint!)
Once finished, let it dry for 20 to 30 minutes, and then you can wax if you would like to.