Grace to the Finish

October 23, 2013

If you’re like the average Good Home customer, you probably consider your design aesthetic eclectic chic and mix-up different types of home decor and design to create your own look. You might like shopping at antique and consignment shops and are likely to enjoy an occasional DIY project.  If this does indeed sound like you, then you will love our friends at Amy Howard At Home.


Amy Howard At Home is a new line of DIY products developed by Amy Howard after 22 years of creating her own finishes for her custom furniture company.  Check out her absolutely stunning Pinterest boards, Instagram and blog for some amazing DIY inspiration.

We wanted to try out her line of One Step Paint. From the website: Ever stare at a project and just dread the prep? All that sanding, stripping and priming- who needs it? Now there’s One Step- 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- yes- it’s that easy. You can even use this on Formica, plastic, metal and lacquered wood- and yes-it’s that good!

We were sold on the idea.  Now to pick a color…

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We were inspired by an autumn palette and decided on the beautiful and popping Massey Hill (orange).  We purchased an unfinished bedside table (though this paint also works on finished and lacquered wood) for our DIY adventure.


The process was very simple.  Though the piece was covered with one coat of the One Step paint, we decided to give it another coat to make the color more intense.


Here you see the progression of the piece from completely unfinished, to one coat to the second coat.  (Note: the color looks a bit pink here, likely due to the bright sun. The color is actually a coral orange.)


After the second coat is completely dry, the really fun part begins where you can customize your piece and antique it with the wax and dust.  You start with the light wax and then move to the dark wax and finish with the Dust of Ages.

After buffing with a t-shirt rag, our piece was complete.



We are zooming in here so that you can enjoy the distressed details:

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We had so much fun using our Amy Howard at Home products and we highly suggest them to even the novice DIYer.  We’ve partnered with Amy Howard at Home this week to bring you the Grace to the Finish giveaway so that you can have a chance to win these amazing paint and finish products.

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Be sure to visit our Facebook page where you can enter to win one of three great prize packages that includes One Step paint, light and dark waxes, and the dust of the ages from Amy Howard At Home’s line of exquisite DIY custom furniture finishes, as well as an assortment of air fragrance products from The Good Home Co.

1 Comment

  1. The table turned out great! I’ve tried Amy’s Zinc Solution in the past and loved it, so I’m sure her paints are great as well. The Dust of Ages sounds quite unique & fun. I think I need to add it to my paint/finishing collection at some point. Sharing the giveaway!….xo Jami

    Love those floors, too.


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