If you are anywhere near my age you probably have some beautiful furniture! You probably have had this stunning furniture for a decade or two or more. You probably saved and saved years ago to buy something that was great quality and in high style at the time! And if you are like me, you might be tired of looking at that gorgeous piece of furniture you bought year and years ago and are ready for a change. Or this splendid furniture may be showing its age and looking quite tired! But, here’s the rub… If you are like me, you paid a whole lot of money for it and the quality is amazing and you could not afford to replace it with something of the same quality. I have very very very good news for you, if you are like me! There is such a simple and beautiful way to update and upscale your gorgeous furniture and breathe new life into it!
Here’s the very very very good news.. we don’t have to get rid of our much loved but slightly outdated or tired or warn furniture. We can paint it! YES!!!
Today’s PRACTICALLY SPEAKING is about the most creative, economical, fabulous way to keep our much loved furniture and make is look like something new!
It breaks my heart to see well made, pieces that have lots of character be thrown out or given away and replace with things of less quality! I’ve done that too. But in the last years I have keep furniture that I love and updated it with paint and new upholstery!
I recently transformed an old bookshelf I love!
Here is a bookcase in my study/junk room. It’s been discarded and although it’s beautifully made it is woefully worn and outdated. I am gutting and redecorating my study and I really didn’t want to get rid of this piece. But it was NOT going to fit into my new sassy, fresh study decor.
Here is how it looked before. WARNING… THIS IS A MESS AND MAY BE DETRIMENTAL TO YOUR HEALTH. Look and then look away quickly!
And here it is painted with Amy Howard One Step paint….
What a difference.
I know that many of you might be shocked by 1. my hoarder looking study and 2.the great colors I used to paint the bookshelf and 3. how different the bookshelf looks! Well, I can’t defend the mess my study has become. But for all you who think I only love neutral colors, not so! I love love love color! And my study is going to be decorated with these wonderful, rich and sassy colors… plus lots of white!
My bookshelf went from frumpy to spectacular in one afternoon! I used Amy Howard One Step paint in A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND (don’t you love the name of that paint?) and HOLEY MOLEY.
I painted two coats of that great A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND gray on the case of the bookshelves and on the shelves. And I painted the inside of the bookcase gorgeous and ostentatious HOLEY MOLEY yellow.
I literally slapped (I think the proper word for it is “crosshatching”) on two coats of paint and waited 20 minutes between the coats! I used a round HOGS HAIR BRUSH to apply the paint. Using this brush made such a difference in application! I’ve used so many brushes and rollers and this was the best …. by far!
The thing I just love about Amy Howard One Step is the finish. It’s NOT chalky feeling. It’s very smooth. And the finish is rock hard! ROCK HARD! I found that it does not “wear off” like some other chalk type paints.
Did you notice the silver leaf at the top and bottom of the bookcase? I did that!!!!!! It was so so much fun!
It’s real silver leaf. And it was easy! I also distressed it! Would you like to learn how to embellish your furniture with leafing? Good, I’ll show you how soon!
Let’s breathe new life in our furniture… together! If you have never painted home furnishings we can work together and learn some beautiful techniques. If you are a furniture painter good for you I’ll show you some great advanced techniques! It’s amazingly satisfying to rescue old furniture and lovingly give it a second life! During this year I have some very exciting projects for us to do!
And learning new things keeps us vibrant and young! Right?
Here’s your first assignment if you want to learn how to update some of the furniture you love! Find a small something to Paint with One Step. It could be something you have in your home like a stool or a picture frame or a small table. Or you can find something at a thrift shop to paint too!
Watch this so so so informative video and learn how to use One Step paint… and meet fabulous Amy! I just love her. I met her in November and she is the real, sweet and informative deal!
Just like I could not part with my bookshelf and saw that it still had potential to be something marvelous, I bet you have much loved pieces in your home that you can give a whole new look to also!
New furniture is always a thrill, but reclaiming the furnishings I already have in my home makes my soul sing!
Let’s be practical! If you are like me, I can’t see getting rid of furniture that has served me and decorated my home and still has such great bones. Painted furniture is a new classic so it just makes sense to transform the furniture we love with a new look!
How about you? What are you going to paint first? Please share!!!! And get busy transforming your furniture with paint!
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