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Everything Old is New Again!

Everything Old is New Again!

Several months ago, a darling client came to me to do a few updates. It happens, you know! She had an entire office full of traditional office furniture with all the necessary file storage, function and visual display options needed for the home office she and her executive husband share. But it looked dated and average, at best, in the pecan stain finish we found it in.

A fresh coat of paint to the room was the beginning. Sherwin Williams Wordly Gray brought things current and was the perfect backdrop for the Amy Howard Paint (we carry a complete line of colors) we used to reinvent all of the casegood pieces in the room!

You will find both classes on how to reinvent your own pieces, or our service of a professional to come to your home and do it for you through the retail store, Black-eyed Susan. We call this service Black-eyed Susan Painted Style! My trained and skilled staff member, Betsy Both, went on site for this office project and in a matter of days, we had the room restored, reinvented, and ready for my magic touch to place the final details. It’s a complete change!

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My client’s husband is a big fan and collector of vintage vinyls. His collection is extensive and this is where I took my inspiration from to begin to put the personality into this room. You’ll see below the beginning of the a small bookcase, painted in a two-tone finish to spotlight generational photos, vintage books and the vinyl record jackets I selected.

I don’t mind telling you, I would love to adopt that hairdo Madonna is sporting!

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Below is the finished bookcase. Note the smaller 45’s stacked pancake style on one shelf and one hanging above the two jackets to give just the right scale in height. My client’s husband was thrilled that his prized collection was used! It seemed the perfect way to personalize this office and add a unique theme to the room.

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I used large plate hangers for these covers, selecting some favorites by taking color, interest and drama in consideration. (It helped that I’m a big James Taylor fan!) Tiny potted succulents, leather bound books and several personal sculptural pieces completed the work space.

Not shown is the current, stylishly hip and comfortable leather office chair, executive desk and new draperies in a gray and chartreuse ikat pattern. If you watch my Instagram account, I’ll post a photo of these elements soon!

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A small lateral file was one of the pieces included in the painting project. I added a stylish and manly oil rubbed bronze lamp, several accessories and a darling baby photo of a now grown son to keep things personal and tender. I had the traditional frame painted in our Amy Howard Paint as well, to bring it into the here and now of the new room.

Perfect.

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The re-invention of this home office was strikingly dramatic! It’s amazing what a few days of labor and this Amy Howard Paint can do. Come see for yourself and join us for a class to learn your own techniques for making changes in your own home. Everything old is new again!

Amy Howard Paint: DIY Training and Trends!

Amy Howard Paint: DIY Training and Trends!

For those of you who thrive on creativity, I’m sure you can relate to the thrill of working hand in hand with the creator of Amy Howard At Home, an extensive chalk-based paint line. Many of our clientele have purchased this ever-popular and growing line of paint from Black-eyed Susan, or even taken our sponsored classes using her paint. This week, I have learned the extensive techniques she has branded so successfully and been more than excited about the possibilities to bring home and pass on to you!

Pictured: There are so many multi-step finishes with historic-looking results, including gold or silver leaf!

Pictured: There are so many multi-step finishes with historic-looking results, including gold or silver leaf!

 

Amy has been the most gracious and inspiring teacher, being our hands-on instructor and mentor. Her passion, skill and engaging personal approach has been exciting. I am delighted to return and teach you what I have learned. The possibilities are limitless and wide! New colors, waxes, embossing creme, gold and silver leaf, lacquer spray paints…so many options and techniques! You will love the vast number of ways the paint can be used and what it can be used on. The list is endless. At the end of the day, Amy made the statement that “it can be used on just about anything except small children!”

Pictured: Fabrics can be stenciled with the One Step paint! Think a chair seat, a pillow, or even a larger piece framed as art!

Pictured: Fabrics can be stenciled with the One Step paint! Think a chair seat, a pillow, or even a larger piece framed as art!

 

Be prepared to be amazed! I am planning an event on February 12 to inspire you all with the limitless possibilities and multiple ways to “Rescue, Restore, Redocorate” using Amy Howard At Home products. I hope you can join us for an exciting night of inspiration.

Paint is my magic wand!

Pictured: Lots if color options, old and new. These are the real paints, so you can have the color to touch and feel! Sorry, these are my copies, but we'll have them for you to reference!

Pictured: Lots if color options, old and new. These are the real paints, so you can have the color to touch and feel! Sorry, these are my copies, but we’ll have them for you to reference!

 

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