Thursday, October 31, 2013

Featured Retailer: Charlotte's Web

I am excited this week to share with you our retailer, Charlotte's Web in Louisville, KY. It is the largest Furniture Consignment store in St. Matthews. They have over 14,000 square feet of Consigned Furniture, New Furniture, Home Decor, Outdoor Patio Sets and Pots, and now have an area designated to selling the Amy Howard At Home product line!
Their Amy Howard At Home Workshop Setup
Tables are Prepped for their One Step Workshop
Jessica ready to teach!
Mary Pat is working with one of her students

Be sure to contact them about their upcoming workshops if you are in the area!!
Tuesday, November 12th 9am-11am
Saturday, November 16th 9am-11am
Monday, November 18th 9am-11am

Cost $75 per person (Non Refundable) 
Must Pre-pay and Pre- Register
 You will also receive 10% OFF any Amy Howard Products you buy (that day only) and you will get a 10% OFF coupon that will be good for one item in the store!

For more info please call Jessica Brown or Mary Pat Thompson at 719-4444 or email us at

Charlotte's Web
4175 Lyndon Way
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 719-4444
Mon - Fri: 10am until 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am until 5pm
Sunday: 12pm until 4pm

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Before and After : One Step Table

I am so excited to share this great table that was rescued using the Amy Howard At Home Dunavant Green One Step Paint. The table was an old card table that had a leather top but really needed some help.

All that sanding, stripping, and priming- who needs it? One Step Paint is a revolutionary new paint product that allows you to transform furniture, cabinetry and everything in-between with just one swipe of rich, chalky-soft color. You can use this even on Formica, plastic, metal, lacquered wood - yes it's that good!

Materials Needed:
-Quart of One Step Paint
-Stir Stick
-3-4 China Bristle Brushes
-Cardboard palette
-Light Wax
-Dark Wax
-T-shirt rag
The leather top was discarded by scraping it off
The table was then degreased using Simple Green.
The One Step was thoroughly shaken for about 1-2 minutes.
The paint was stirred with a stir stick.
The Dunavant green was painted on using a China Bristle Brush.
It took about 30 minutes for one coat to dry and then another coat was applied.
2 coats of One Step Paint
The tables was so simple that we added some decorative painting by adding white paint to the Dunavant Green.
Light Green striping
Completed table before adding the waxes
The china bristle brush was dipped into the Light Wax.
A cardboard palette was used to off-load the wax from the brush.
*You do not want the bristles to be overwhelmed with wax.
The bristles were swiped with the Light Wax in no particular pattern across the piece.
The table dried for about 45 minutes. 
Then the same steps were repeated using the Dark Wax.
*You do not want the Dark Wax to be too heavy.
The Table was buffed with the t-shirt rag to get that patina shine.
The Final Table After!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Restored Kumquat Lacquer Table

Happy Monday! I wanted to share with you one of the pieces that I found and restored using the Amy Howard At Home products.

Here I am finding the piece of furniture

For this little side table, I saw that it could be rescued with the using the Amy Howard At Home High Performance Furniture Lacquer in Kumquat. I then inlayed a piece of mirror that I had antiqued using the Amy Howard At Home Antique Mirror Solution and Stripper.

I hope this inspires you to go out and save a piece of furniture and rescue it using the Amy Howard At Home products!! 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Decor

Happy Friday! I cannot believe Halloween is already next week. I thought before this weekend, it would be a great time to share some great Halloween ideas! 

At my house, I like to add the traditional orange pumpkins to my porch
What a fun way to dress-up an appetizer for a Halloween party
Trick-or-treat goodies
 Halloween Lights are a great way to add light inside or outside 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Featured Retailer: Simply Vintage

Our Featured Retailer this week is Simply Vintage, a store owned by a mother-daughter team, Mary Hiett and Pam O’Brien.

Mary and Pam

From Murfreesboro Magazine, “Simply Vintage is home to a variety of items that are vintage, primitive and industrial. “We keep a variety of different styles so we can meet anyone’s needs who walks in the front door,” Mary explains. The shop, with one of the best views of the courthouse in town, is full of bright vintage furniture, antique paintings, locally made wreaths and pillows, statement items like a row of vintage lockers and much more. “There are things for guys, girls, young people, pretty much anyone,” says Pam.”
Inside the Store
Another view inside

 The shop is a mix of everything with vintage furniture and antiques. Pam says, ”we paint everything with our Amy Howard Paint.” They do sell the furniture “as is” but offer services to paint the piece for the customer. Pam continues to say “We use the One Step paint daily. There is always something being painted.”

French provincial nightstand painted in Bauhaus Buff and Mollie Yellow Amy Howard At Home
Painted Table
Amy Howard Display Cabinet
One Step and Toscana Samples
Amy Howard Product Display

Simply Vintage
118 West Vine Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
(615) 603-7158
Mon – Fri: 10am until 5pm
Saturday: 8am until 5pm

Upcoming Events:
November 3 - One Step Workshop - 2pm until 6pm
November 17 - One Step Workshop - 2pm until 6pm
November 23 - Christmas Open House


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Before and After: Gilded Mirror

Rescue. Restore. Redecorate. 

The three R's make up the concept behind Amy Howard At Home. In this Before and After, I found this broken mirror and saw potential with how I could rescue it, restore it, and redecorate using the piece. 

The mirror had a beautiful frame that had a few chipped spots and broken mirror but I knew for the frame that we could use One Step Paint and gilding supplies, and for the mirror, cut a piece of mirror and antique it.

The found Mirror : Before
First I painted it with the Black One Step Paint
I removed and discarded the broken mirror
I painted on a Legno Gesso where I was going to gild
Then I painted over the Legno Gesso with the Bole
Once I had put on the Bole, I added Size which acts as the tacky glue for the Gold Leaf
As you can see, I then placed the Gold Leaf over the Bole
I took a t-shirt rag to lightly wipe off the excess Gold Leaf and then rubbed the steel wool to get the distressed look with the Gesso and Bole showing through
I used a China Bristle brush to lightly cover the piece in Light Wax and then in Dark Wax
I buffed the piece using a t-shirt rag once the waxes had dried
I added the Dust of the Ages to get that fabulous distressed look.
Then buffed the mirror again with a t-shirt rag.
I inserted the Lightly Antiqued mirror into the frame and brushed it off
The Rescued Mirror was placed in an Entryway above a console!

What a transformation!!

All materials available on

Materials Needed:
-Piece of Furniture
-Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint
-Amy Howard At Home Bole
-Amy Howard At Home Gilding Size
-Amy Howard At Home Gold Leaf
-Amy Howard At Home Light Wax
-Amy Howard At Home Dark Wax
-Amy Howard At Home Dust of the Ages
-T-shirt rags
-China Bristle Brushes (2")
-Artist Brush for striping/detail
-Small sheets of sand paper
-Very fine steel wool
-Raw Mirror
-Amy Howard At Home Antique Mirror Kit