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October 19, 2015

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Hi friends!  You are probably wondering about the title of this post…  “Life changing paint.”  Nope, it's not a typo.  I have actually discovered LIFE CHANGING paint and met one of the most amazing women I have ever encountered.  And I am going to tell you all about it!  #youarewelcome  Before I go any further, let me stress that this is not a sponsored post!  No one paid me to write this and I am not getting anything in exchange for it.  I am writing about it because I think everyone needs to know about it!

As an Ace Hardware blogger, I had the honor of traveling to Memphis with the other amazing bloggers on the panel to meet Amy Howard and learn all about her Amy Howard At Home paint line.  I had no idea when I boarded the plane that I was in for a life-changing experience.  Amy has totally transformed how I will paint furniture and has inspired me to pursue furniture flipping as a side business.  Life changing, I tell you.  Read on for details.

The evening we arrived, we had dinner with Amy in her home.  YOU GUYS!  Doesn't that begin to give you an idea about what a phenomenal person Amy Howard is?  She did not just host a beautiful evening at her home.  She welcomed us in to her home. There is a difference, I promise.

Amy herself was every bit as warm, beautiful and inviting as you would guess from her brand.  I adored her immediately!  She is charming, genuine and oozes an absolute passion for her life and her business.  Amy was even gracious enough to let us roam about and snap photos of her stunning home.  As bloggers, we took advantage of her generosity and snapped photos {though they were all with our iPhones since we left our DLSRs at home–forgive the poor quality photos!}.  Countless pieces of furniture in her home were rescued and restored by Amy using her paint line.  This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience so you can easily find these awesome paints.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

For example, this stunning room she created for her granddaughters to sleep in when they visit is full of rescued pieces.  Those delicious, glossy pink lamps were painted with Amy Howard Lacquer Paint.  Amazing, right?!  And that lovely dresser they are sitting on?  Yep, it was also painted using Amy Howard At Home paint!

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

And is this room, which has the most EPIC wall treatment I have ever seen (padded upholstered walls trimmed with piping–WHAT?!), that gorgeous bed was painted with Amy Howard At Home paint.  Yep.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

And because I am gushing about Amy's home, I have to share with you two other rooms I loved.  Check out this gray bedroom.  Y'all, the trim is painted the same color as the walls, but in a semi-gloss finish. #genius

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

And check out this sitting room.  Amy has an incredible eye and I love how she mixes traditional and modern pieces.  A woman after my own heart!

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

And can we take just a moment to talk about my love affair of this chandelier?  There are no words for how much I love it.  It's a piece of art!

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

After spending the evening in Amy's home, I could not wait to get my hands on her paint and learn her techniques.  I didn't have to wait long, the next morning we were up and on the road to Amy's studio at 7:30 am.  I cannot tell you how much fun I had meeting all of the other Ace Bloggers–Kim from Yellow Brick Home, Cassie from Primitive and Proper, Brynne from The Gathered Home, Michelle from 4 Men 1 Lady, Erin from How to Nest for Less and Linda from It All Started With Paint.  Alison at Henhouse wasn't able to join us, but I hope to meet her sometime soon!  We also got to know Ace Hardware's Design Experts, Lou Manfredini, Katie Reynolds, Julie Richard and Nathan Fischer.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Photo source: Ace Hardware's Instagram

Back Row: Lou, Me, Cassie, Nathan; Front Row: Brynne, Linda, Michelle, Kim, Gene & Amy Howard, Julie, Erin, Katie

We arrived at Amy's studio and took a few minutes to take in all of the beauty that surrounded us.  Even Amy's studio is full of beautiful vignettes featuring items that have been rescued and restored using Amy Howard At Home paint.  Just take a look at some of the eye candy.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

After we had a chance to look around, it was time to get to work learning how to use the amazing, LIFE CHANGING Amy Howard At Home paints.  We were beyond blessed to learn from the expert herself, Amy Howard!  Amy is a gifted teacher and is so engaging.  She is a true joy to learn from!

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Now, let me give you an idea of the stuff we learned.  We worked on several different raw wood trim pieces.  Below, you can see me working on our first piece of trim that we painted solid black using the Amy Howard One Step Paint.  We then gilded the edges with gold leaf.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Photo credit: Ace Hardware's Instagram

This is what it looked like after those two steps were completed.  A tad gaudy, right?  Well hold on to your hats…  You won't believe how stunning this piece looks after we waxed it with the Light Antique Wax and the Dark Antique Wax and then added Dust of Ages.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Check it out, y'all.  I PAINTED THIS–IN A MATTER OF MINUTES!  I know, I know.  I can't believe it either.  The after photos were taken after I got back home and had access to my DLSR camera again, thank goodness!  But trust me, it's not the camera that deserves the credit for this amazing result.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

We also learned the grody cracked patina technique, using the One Step Paint and Cracked Patina product.  Again, I painted this beauty…in minutes!

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

Fortunately for me, Ace Hardware sells the Amy Howard At Home paint line, so I have already purchased a ton of things to start my collection.

Back Row: Lou, Tasha, Me, Nathan; Front Row: Brynne, Linda, Michelle, Kim, Gene & Amy Howard, Julie, Erin, Katie

I could go ON AND ON about Amy and her products, but I will stop…for now!  What I will say before I go is that this Wednesday I will be revealing my first piece of furniture that I have rescued and restored using the Amy Howard At Home paint.  I will show you exactly how to do it for yourself at home.  And rest assured you will start seeing lots more furniture painting around here and I promise to show you the technique I use every time :)  See you back here Wednesday!

 


 

LIFE CHANGING PAINT! Y'all, the Amy Howard At Home paint is amazing! I will NEVER use another paint on furniture again! Full details and examples from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body.

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  1. Suzanne says:

    Tasha,
    Hope you had a great Holiday! I just wanted to touch base with you about doing an Amy Howard post. We love your blog and aesthetic and would love to send you some product to do any Amy Howard project. We are so excited to see what you create! Please email me if you have any questions. We are looking forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely,
    Suzanne

  2. Kara Woolery says:

    Thanks for the advice! I am never that great at painting techniques!! Found you on the link party palooza. I love your blog name! How clever!

  3. woow…. I just LOVE your pics, :)
    You are welcome to join
    SATURDAY SHOW OFF ~ BlogParty
    Hugs from Håkan in Sweden

  4. Raquel says:

    Wow that looks really great! How fun to get to go to a blogger decorator demonstration event too! Those are so much fun. Found you on the TIHWR party!

  5. Wow…I am so jealous! What an amazing experience!!! Thanks so much for sharing it at Share The Wealth Sunday!
    xoxo
    Lisa

  6. Erin Spain says:

    Wow! Her home is amazing! So beautiful. I’ll have to try some of this paint for sure!

  7. […] The signature product of Amy Howard at Home is One Step Paint, a new and revolutionary chalk-based paint that allows you to transform existing furniture or cabinetry in a single step – no striping, sanding or priming – and achieve the coveted antique look that usually comes at a high price.  The Amy Howard at Home paint line also offers furniture lacquer, antiqued paint, metal and glass effects, as well as custom paint brushes.  I can’t wait to try all the products down the road!  You can learn more about some of them that I have already had a chance to try in this post. […]

  8. it as the best time ever!!!! loved meeting amy and seeing how her mind works and her stunning home, and loved hanging out with you and our ace friends!!!

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