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Ahh, Spring: open up the windows, let some sunshine in, and freshen up your home furnishings -- a task that’s simpler than you might imagine with Amy Howard at Home one-step paint products (yes, you can paint your pillows!). Get inspiration from some of these furniture-made-new ideas, and find yourself with a fabulous, fresh living space in just a few simple steps.
1. The Sad Old Chair(s)
Update those dated chairs in a snap. After the prep work -- removing the seat cushions and wiping the whole chair down with Amy Howard at Home Clean Slate -- spray each chair with a high-performance furniture lacquer in Brisson Red, Eggplant, or even Begonia. Be bold; think color! Once that’s done and dry, finish off with a clear lacquer — for gorgeous, shiny chairs.
2. The Depressed Seat Cushions (and Pillows!)
Give your seat cushions and decorative pillows a new lease on life. Dilute your One Step Paint with water, then paint the reduced solution onto your fabric with a round brush, applying one thin coat at a time. When painting decorative pillows, start with a solid fabric, then, for an interesting touch, create a pattern using pre-made adhesive stencils, such as a classic damask or Greek key pattern. A few more simple steps, and voila! New and you.
3. The Antiquated Cabinets
Nothing rejuvenates a kitchen like stylish new (or new-looking) cabinets -- a look you can achieve without the crazy costs. Plus, there's no stripping, sanding, or priming needed with One Step Paint. First, clean your existing cabinets with Clean Slate solution. Choose a fresh neutral color in a chalk-based paint, such as Ballet White, or customize your own! Then with a high-quality synthetic brush, apply an even -- not too thick -- coat. Your cabinets will look brand new and on-trend; and because the paint is chalk-based, you can even use an inside cabinet as a chalk board to write grocery lists. Now enjoy the bragging rights!
4. The Boring Paving Tiles
Reviving your outdoor space is also easy. Take inexpensive concrete pavers -- the brick-like pieces of concrete used for patios and walkways -- and transform them into a decorative garden element. Simply choose your stencil pattern and One Step Paint -- French Blue is a lovely choice -- and get to work on the pavers. Once the paint dries, simply finish them with a matte sealer. Welcome to your million-dollar yard.
5. The Shabby Mantel
Effortlessly rejuvenate your fireplace mantel -- or your standalone mantel, which you can easily and inexpensively purchase to add charm to your home. Clean well with diluted Simple Green, a concentrated degreaser. Wash off the cleaner and paint it with two coats of a vibrant color, such as A Good Man is Hard to Find (deep blue), or Bauhaus Buff (off-white), and finish with light and dark wax for an antique look that shows up the detailing. Blah becomes beautiful!