Take a good look at this beautiful piece of painted wood. No, it’s not old. I painted it a couple of weeks ago. Creating this amazing piece was so much easier than you could ever imagine. I’m here to tell you that EVERYONE that is reading this can create a paint finish this gorgeous! I have so many exciting things to tell you and beautiful finishes to show you! I am thrilled to have worked with Amy Howard from Amy Howard At Home. I learned so so much and I’m anxious to share what I learned with you!
14 bloggers (me included) went to Memphis the beginning of November and spent a few days being treated like royalty, touring and eating (Memphis bbq is the best), meeting Amy and Gene Howard and their delightful staff and spending a day at her amazing workshop learning about Amy Howard paints and her philosophy of painting and so many GORGEOUS painting techniques.
Here’s our class! Gene Howard is the second from the left in the front row. I’m second from the left in the second row and Amy Howard is standing next to me! Peeking from behind me to to left is one of my very best friend’s Anita from Cedar Hill Farmhouse.
After my eye opening visit to Amy’s my goal is to educate and encourage you to save cast off pieces of furniture and give them a new and gorgeous life using the painting techniques I have learned! I know you are up to it! If I can do it… so can you!
Here are the painting finishes we learned… and the ones I want to pass on to you!
The piece below was painted with Amy Howard One Step. One Step is a chalk type paint that you don’t need to sand because it is so smooth. It also does not need a coat of wax over it. It’s really something very special. Amy Howard One Step can now we purchased at Ace Hardware stores.
The top and bottom of this sample board were gold leafed. REAL gold leaf! I am now sorta obsessed with “leafing”. It’s easy and the real deal! And look at the finish…SIGH!
Wouldn’t you love to do this to? I’ll show you how in January! Our first project will use Amy Howard’s One Step Paint.
Here’s a little homework assignment for you… find a piece you would like to paint. It could be something you have or something you find for little money. Maybe a small chair or a mirror or frame? Something that needs a second chance… that needs new life breathed into it!
I’ll be doing a diy post using the ONE STEP method transforming an old bookshelf. So, be looking for a piece you want to do too along with me!
You also might want to choose your paint color and purchase Amy Howard One Step paint from your local Ace Hardware store. The only prep needed is to clean your piece with Simple Green cleaner.
As we finish one piece and master the technique we will move to another technique… like TOSCANA! This finish is absolutely breathtaking!!!! It has a real European antique quality. And yes, that is more gold leafing. Doesn’t it look worn with age?
Look at this swoon-worthy board… Please take an extra few seconds to take in the subtlety of this piece! This is not an old piece. I actually created it… did I mention that?
I’ll be painting my mahogany rice carved bed with an Linen using the Toscana technique. I just can’t wait to teach this technique to you!
The next technique is CRACKED PATINA…
Could you ever guess that this was not a gorgeous, old painted piece? Another technique I’m very excited to teach you! Just think of what you can do with this finish? SIGH!!!!
We are not only going to transform wood. We are going to also transform metal. This gorgeous ZINC looking piece started out as a 22 gauge piece of shiny, galvanized metal. Look what a little zinc solution did to it…
How many years would metal have to sit out in the elements to attain this patina? I created it in about 10 minutes and then let it dry.
For this project I’m planning to find and paint a chest or side table and then have a galvanized metal top made for it. I’ll show you how so you can do it too!
And how about PAINTING FABRIC? This stunning, luminescent fabric was once just a plain piece of ivory cloth. Now it’s a soft cloth imbedded with mica and is spill proof!
I hope you are excited to learn. I know you can do it. I’ll be with you all the way!
Let’s infuse love and new life into the things we have and beauty into our homes! And do it on a budget!
If you have not read PRACTICALLY SPEAKING… LET’S TALK, I hope you will. It’s about loving ourselves, our homes, not comparing and things I learned by meeting the kind, generous and so talented Amy Howard!
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