One Step Paint is one of Amy Howard at Home’s most popular products because it’s great for thicker, opaque coverage. But Toscana Milk Paint, another popular item, allows for more depth, highlighting, and aging because it is thinner and more transparent. This makes it great for layering and cracking that gives antique pieces those really unique finishes. Our milk paint is great for indoor and under-cover pieces and should be paired with Legno Gesso and waxes (not Cracked Patina, like the One Step Paint). To get an amazing antique look on any sort of wood furniture using Toscana Milk Paint, you can check out this Finish Friday video — and the Milk Paint Project bundle that goes with it!
Lamps are one of those things that you keep for years because they offer the light you need to see or read at night. But what happens when they no longer match your decor? If you’re like most Americans, you likely store the old lamp in your attic or donate it and then go out and buy a new lamp that better matches your style. Amy Howard believes you can bring new life to old lamps, though. That’s why she’s sharing this simple DIY lamp lacquer project with you today.
When you first set out to start your next DIY project, you might be overwhelmed by options. Which tools do you use, and which paints? Even more confusing, what if two paints seems to be nearly identical in terms of color but you’re not sure which formula is best for your specific project? And how do you know which paint will help you antique your piece the way you envision?
Amy Howard knows how hard it can be to choose paints and tools for your project, which is why on this episode of Finish Friday, she is diving into the difference between chalk-based paint and milk paint.
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.