A few months back, my husband went out-of-town on a quick golf trip. I knew my time was limited and I had to hustle to complete the master bedroom revamp before he returned from his trip. The quickest way to revamp any space is with paint. So today I am sharing a quick review on Amy Howard At Home Paint. Hint, hint, I love it!
When my husband left for his golf trip, I knew I had exactly 4 days to paint 6 pieces of furniture, put together a new to us bed, build and install a shelf and put the room back together. I thought the easiest way to get this done was to use chalk paint but the store that sells Annie Sloan chalk paint near me was not open and I knew time was of the essence here. Sometimes I will make my own chalk paint so I headed to Ace Hardware to pick out some paint colors when I stumbled upon the Amy Howard At Home One Step Paint. At first I thought, should I even attempt something new when I had very little time to pull this together, what if it was difficult to use? Oh, but they had the perfect color, exactly what I was looking for a perfect grey called Atelier and of course the basic black. I picked up the sample size pots of these two colors. I thought if it’s hard to work with, I can use it for painting accessory pieces and just make my own tried and true chalk paint.
The first piece I started with was my nightstand. I wanted to paint it black. I set the small jar of paint upside down (the sales associate told me to do this) in my sink while I cleaned my nightstand. I was painting all of this furniture in my bedroom because there was no way I could move all of the furniture downstairs into the garage and back up by myself. Surprisingly, I did not even notice any odor to the paint. Once the furniture was clean and completely dry, I started painting and was shocked! It was super smooth and creamy and absolutely the easiest paint to work with…ever! From start to finish it took less than 30 minutes to do the entire piece. It really is just that easy. One step does not necessarily mean one coat, however that was the case with the black paint.
A Quick Review of Amy Howard At Home Paint
The coverage was amazing. I did notice that the black required only one coat whereas the Atelier required two and I wiped some of the paint off so I could see the original stain peeking through. Once I realized how easy the Amy Howard at Home Paint was to use, I was ecstatic! I knew I would be able to paint all of the furniture and pull my vision together in time to surprise my husband. Do you like how I said surprise him? Yes, well I knew if he were here he would probably freak that I was painting the bedroom furniture. I have never liked the stain on the furniture. It looked too orange to me but when we bought it I was days away from giving birth to our firstborn and it was the only furniture that could be delivered on time before the baby arrived and I was nesting and just needed it done. So yes, it was a surprise to him but sometimes it’s easier to not let him see the messy in between a project!
After the nightstand was done in such a short period of time, I celebrated with a cup of coffee and planned my next piece of furniture to paint. I moved on to the Secretary Desk and chair. I knew the desk was going to be a bit more time-consuming due to all the detailed pieces.
I painted the desk in the Atelier and the chair in the basic black. I even had time to recover the seat cushion. I decided to leave the interior of the desk alone. The paint tone down the stain color and I like the juxtaposition of the grey paint against the stain.
I also painted an armoire with the basic black and a few mirrors. I did all of this with the small sample pot of paint and I still have some paint leftover for future projects.
Revamping Your Space with Amy Howard Paint
I think my favorite piece I painted was my dresser. I was back and forth on the color choice and ultimately chose the Atelier. I am so happy with this choice. I decided to leave the mirror with the original stain and I am glad I did.
I buffed some of the paint off so the stain is popping through. This piece was the last one I painted and once it was done, I started waxing all the pieces with the Amy Howard Wax. Again it was a very easy product to work with as well. If you haven’t tried this paint, you really should. I was able to paint all these pieces ( armoire, dresser, two mirrors, chair and a desk) with two small sample jars of paint and I still have paint left over in each jar.
Here’s a picture of the chaos I create when I am working… and this…
I am happy to say that I was able to complete the entire room in three and a half days! I think this was in large part to ease of the Amy Howard One Step Paint!
FYI, my husband was happy with the transformation, yes, happy and surprised! I know I am not the only one that creates chaos when their spouse is out-of-town, share your adventures in the comments!
Until Next Time,