Simply love the name as much as the color ~ GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND ~ one of Amy Howard's newest Chalk Paint colors. Sorry I haven't gotten out my good camera. The pic to the left appears true to color with our NEW paint sealer in MATT finish....the ease of applying this sealer is simply awesome. This Thomasville chest and nightstand were true finds. My oldest granddaughter, Sophia, was with me one Saturday as we closed the store. Then, what to my wondering eye did see...this chest and nightstand standing before me. It took all of 10 minutes to purchase the pair and we were headed home to tell Pawpaw about our great find. This time he was happy when he learned they would be delivered! Now I don't paint items the day they arrive. I don't even paint them for maybe a week, or two, or even more. I like to study their lines. For these two pieces, I debated between LINEN and GOOD MAN. A short text to daughter made the decision. She was at the State Fair but was quick to reply, "We both like the grey." She was with a friend, even better to help make a decision! Aren't two or three heads better than one? NOW I was ready to paint.... FIRST: The one step of preparation: cleaned (with Simple Green) then rinsed (with clear water) the entire piece (inside and out). Drawer pulls were removed and set aside as they were keepers. Two coats of GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND followed by Paint Sealer in Matt finish. This was not completed in a day. Always allow the paint to dry completely overnight before applying either sealer OR wax. Miss Mustard Seed WHITE WAX used to accent the carvings on all four feet of the chest. The nightstand accent was done by dry brushing BAUHAUS BUFF onto the carvings. I find this process so much easier to do, as I haven't mastered that White Wax yet. It all takes practice and please, please don't rush through a project. Impatience doesn't pay. The pulls were all cleaned before applying two coats of GOOD MAN. Once dry these were dry brushed with the BAUHAUS BUFF. The following day they received a coat of clear wax. Enjoyed restyling these two pieces that are sure to be loved for many more years. Didn't get to admire her for very long as she sold in two days!
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Toscana Powder Paint ~ Amy Howard at Home
Absolutely love working with Amy Howard at Home Toscana Powder Paint, often called Milk Paint, when detailing an ornate frame. The expression once complete is simply magnificent!
Swan leg table ~ with breath of fresh air
Absolutely adore how this little table, that I was attracted to at auction, turned out once restyled. The swan legs are what caught my eye and knew from the instant I saw her that she was going home with me! Painted with two coats of Amy Howard One Step chalk paint in Bauhaus Buff. As you may know the coats dry very quickly, generally 20 minutes. Waited until the next day to apply Amy Howard waxes. First applied two light coats of clear wax to bring out the true hue of Bauhaus Buff. Next applied dark wax until pleased with the appearance. Lastly used her wonderful, magical, Dust of Ages to give this girl that grey aged look.
This petite secretary needed a little TLC. Brads were added to back to close gaps then filled inside corners with wood filler before painting. Amy Howard PALM BEACH on outside with BEGERE BLUE on the inside. Waxed with clear and dark waxes before adding Dust of Ages to give the age this piece needed. Numbered stencil and floral to little drawer using dark wax.
Recently finished this Thomasville Hutch in Amy Howard RUGO. Trim finished in poly with hint of white added. Stencil takes this old and tired cabinet to fresh and modern.
Sofa table transformed by adding steel top finished with Amy Howard ZINC solution. Painted with One Step BLACK, lightly distressed then sealed with clear wax and buffed. Love the new definition.
Easter has come and gone and as you see the project is finally complete.
More time consuming since the project had to be taken outdoors on occasion...first to cut the panels down...didn't care for the arched tops...and then to handle the large cuts of mirror during the antiquing process.
Below are pictures of the step-by-step Mirror Antiquing process using Amy Howard At Home Mirror Stripper-Step 1 and Antique Mirror Solution-Step2: ~ WORK IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA ~ 1) All supplies arranged outside on table with rinsing tray on ground and water hose nearby. Safety goggles, strong latex gloves and mask. 2) Panels placed on table and craft paper cut to the size of mirror...this is used to remove the backing once it responds to the Mirror Stripper Solution. 3) Mirror stripper applied gently with a foam paint brush in circular motion. 4) When backing has completely bubbled up, press craft paper onto the mirror's back. Then quickly lift the paper pulling it AWAY from you. 5) Mirror then has to be cleaned gently to remove excess stripper solution. Wash gently as silver is now exposed. 6) Once Mirror Stripper completely removed and solution residue washed from mirror, allow the mirror to dry completely. 7) Antique Mirror Solution can then be applied to the back of mirror using a soft, lint free cloth. Pour small amount of Antique Mirror Solution into a styrofoam bowl. Dip the cloth into the solution and touch only the saturated cloth to the mirror's back...the silver is now exposed and you must work very gently to avoid damaging the fragile silver. Swirl the cloth until the mirror back is completely covered with solution. Allow the solution to oxidize the mirror. Lift mirror to check periodically the degree of antiquing. We find the silver to be applied extremely thin so the time it takes the solution to oxidize the mirror is not very long. Perhaps 5-12 minutes. 8) Rinse with water to stop the oxidation process. Do not rub as you may remove the fragile silver. Allow the mirror to dry. 9) Final step ~ apply two coats of Amy Howard One Step Paint to mirror back. Black and Grey are often used. Here Atelier Grey was used since it is the same color used on the panel front. 10) Allowed paint to dry overnight. Mirror adhesive applied to panels and mirror placed onto adhesive. Pressed firmly to secure and allowed to lie flat for 24 hours before moving into vertical position.
Above: Room before and during transition
~ Room AFTER ~
Wonder who will have the first sleep over at Mimi and Paw Paw's house. Small toy bench painted with Amy Howard One Step Paint (ORCHID). Note doll on left is my doll Jean....she's still likes being photographed. Orchid color blends nicely with vivid colors in twin quilts and dark teal, room darkening curtains. Black iron shelf brackets ordered from Antique Hardware. Chosen for their swirl detail. That same swirl is picked up throughout the quilt pattern. Unfortunately, the brackets were back ordered, just another reason for the delay in posting the completed project. The shelf was cut and then painted with the same Atelier Grey as panel frame for both headboards. Love the reflection seen in all the mirrors!
Encourage you to always take a picture of your project BEFORE you begin to restore the piece. Once the project complete you will enjoy the fresh new look...often this can be the beginning of a room transformation. Always nice to enjoy the bragging rights!