Recently I tried out a new paint for some projects I was working on. It is Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint. And that name is totally telling you the truth. No prep work or finishing work needed. It is totally one step. And the color palette is amazing. It’s like perusing a Paris Flea Market. If you have never heard of them, please check them out.
(All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.)
I had this old bench and a mirror. The bench I purchased at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and the mirror was from Target. The bench had already been painted and gone over in a dark wax. It wasn’t very attractive. So I decided to try the Amy Howard One Step Paint in Chelsea Square. It is a really great grayish beige color, but it is really light so it goes with almost anything.
The paint is incredibly thick. It doesn’t even drip. So you have to be very careful when applying it. The brush strokes will show. And it is a very hard wearing paint so they don’t buff out that easily.
That being said, the coverage is great. One coat will do the trick. And I didn’t even use a top coat on the bench. I simply used the finest steel wool I could find and just buffed it to a soft sheen. Amazing! Really. No messy wax or smelly polyurethane. (But if you are more adventurous, they have so many finishing products like crackle, antiquing waxes and glazes, finishing sealer, etc.)
And the buffing also brought out the depth of the color. It looks very white but when you get into the brush strokes with the buffing you can see the gray-beige color show through.
So I decided to see how it would work if I dry brushed it on a mirror I got with a wooden frame I wasn’t a big fan of. I was very haphazard with my painting. And that worked out perfectly. I was able to easily rub back the paint because I didn’t put on a thick coat. Then I finished it in a dark wax to bring out the wood underneath.
All in all I am very pleased with the way these items turned out. I plan on trying other products from the Amy Howard at Home line. Especially the spray lacquer. I have a cabinet just waiting for a makeover!