It’s often hard to see the potential of a piece when you first buy or rescue it. Sometimes, it’s even harder to see how you can recreate Old World finishes on furniture or decor you’ve owned for a while.
On this episode of Finish Friday, Amy walks you through a few ways to finish your pieces using Amy Howard at Home’s Legno Gesso and Toscana Milk Paint. Because the cracked gesso and milk paint dry quickly, you’ll be able to give your pieces that Old World finish you didn’t think you could get outside of Europe!
When it comes to your wood furniture, including tables, chairs, and shelving, it can be hard to know how to restore and maintain them. Most people use more “commercial” products, like Pledge or Endust, thinking that it will keep wood healthy. However, many feel that these leave an unpleasant oily, chemical finish on their furniture. That’s exactly why Amy Howard created Furniture Tonic, our all-natural wood protectant.
Buckets don’t have to utilitarian only. You can make them beautifulandfunctional with just a little bit of help from some Zinc Antiquing Solution and a little bit of gold leaf. In this easy DIY zinc bucket project, you’ll have an aged, shining bucket you’ll be proud to use as a planter, storage, or an accent piece throughout your home or garden.
This week on Finish Friday, Amy concludes the 2-part series on techniques for weathering and aging wood pieces. In Part 1, Amy showed off some gorgeous pieces that were treated with Amy Howard at Home Better With Age solution and Venetian Plaster, finishing with Cerusing Wax to add a nice sheen. In Part 2 this week, Amy is talking about adding layers to finishes with tools and plaster, using stencils, and treating a piece of furniture that has already been stained.
When it comes to aging wood furniture and decor, you need the highest quality products to ensure the best finish. At Amy Howard at Home, Amy herself has specially formulated the products used based on her three decades in the rescue and restore business. The result? Wood finishing products that don’t include VOCs and that are designed for use on virtually any type of wood.
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