We had our very first Amy Howard One Step Paint, The Basics workshop yesterday. Thank you to my absolutely lovely and talented student! We had a blast and learned a lot. It was nonstop for three hours and these ladies are all super talented and have a keen eye!
Thanks for making my day fabulous!
Here we are painting, look at that focus…
Samples of Amy Howard One Step Paint,gold Leaf, waxes and of course Dust of Ages!
The next Amy Howard One Step Paint, The Basics workshop will be held on Sunday, March 30th, 10am – 1pm. Click here
for details. Thank you again to all my students, you made teaching the class an absolute delight!
Until next time,
I recently finished a table for some favorite customers of mine. This couple LOVE color and rich texture. They found the perfectly shaped table in my shop but it was all wrong color wise.
The table was built back in the 60′s by Ethan Allen in solid maple. It was still sporting it’s original (dated) finish when I found it. I painted it with a coat of dark grey and on top of that a coat of Luxe Grey followed by a Ralph Lauren stencil in Ballet White. Well that color combination did not resonate with my clients one bit! We looked through my Amy Howard One Step Paint samples and decided on Chinese Red for the legs and skirt, Black for the top and three leaves and Rugo for the stencil. This paint line is incredibly flexible! From subtle to vibrant in the stroke of a brush with some fearlessness thrown in!
Naturally sadly I forgot to take pictures of the table in it’s original finish. But I found a shot of a table with a similar finish from the web.
First up a can of Amy Howard One Step paint in Chinese Red, you can see the grey/white painted finish also in this shot.
Let the painting begin, here the legs are done. The Chinese Red looks really fuschia in this shot but it’s not!
Here the legs and top are done. Yes, I’m still painting in my dining room!
And here the table is finished and in it’s new home! I just love how it looks with the black chairs.
The table has taken on a whole new personality, dynamic and vibrant!
The above photo is a detail of the table top. Amy Howard One Step paint has an amazing range of colors that allow me to create the stunning contrast of Rugo and Black or the subtle and soft look of Luxe Grey and Ballet White in the next photo.
This Saturday is the first One Step Basics class and it’s full. I’m really looking forward to teaching! I’ve scheduled the next One Step Basics for March 30th, please click here for the details. There are still spots open for the Silk Ribbon Embroidery class on March 15th, for the details click here.
Here’s a photo of the silk ribbon piece that I will be teaching.
Here in Connecticut we are knee deep in snow as we’ve been for quite a while now and though it’s beautiful I can’t help but think of color. The colors I’m thinking of are one of my favorite combinations, pink and green. I must be ready for Spring!
I collected some images from around the web, a little eye candy as they say…
Photo by Ricardo LaBougle for World of Interiors.
Image from House Beautiful
Image from Coastal Living
Image from House Crush
Image origins unknown but had to include it, so beautiful!
I’m thrilled to announce two workshops being offered at Chalk. Amy Howard One Step Paint, The Basics Class on Saturday, March 1st, 10am -1pm. For details click here. And Silk Ribbon embroidery, beginner class on Saturday, March 15th, 10am – 1pm. For details click here.
Any questions please feel free to call the shop at 860-345-0660.
I will be adding more classes so be sure to stay tuned!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and there are lots of wonderful gift ideas at Chalk. Beautiful handmade cards and lots of pink, red and velvet ribbon to tie up your gifts!
Be sure to set a lovely table for your sweet heart. Bring out all your precious pieces and make it a special time!
Have a wonderful weekend!
I have an absolutely beautiful server in my shop right now. It’s been painted black and projects a very refined drama. It can be used in a lot more places that just the dining room…
When building our house my husband and I didn’t want to use a typical bathroom vanity and decided to use a server instead. After cutting a hole to fit the sink we switched out the hardware and went with some mercury glass knobs. We just love it and are so happy we decided to get creative!
Here are some photos, the first is the gorgeous server at Chalk Mercantile and the second is the server we went with in our master bath. Sorry it’s an in progress picture, I can’t find the photo of the finished bath. But this will give you an idea of how it looks.
I’m having the time of my life in Memphis! The workshop is wonderful and very intense. Amy’s finishes are beautiful, pure and authentic. Sanding is not done to age a piece. We layer, manipulate and let a finish evolve and this creates a depth and character that is stunning.
Here are a few photos of trim samples that I took the first day at various stages of being finished.
Time to get ready, have a wonderful and safe day in all that snow!
I’ve just finished painting this cedar lined blanket chest in Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint, the color Vintage Affliction. This piece is most likely from the 30′s and is just dripping with charm! All that was needed was some TLC. I gave it a good cleaning, two coats of paint, a coat of light wax and then a light dusting of Dust of the Ages around the details. After a good buffing she’s ready to go!
Here are some before and after photos.
Hope you’re all enjoying the day,