This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

DIY Reversible Holiday Sign with Scrap Wood

Two for One

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. You get 2-sides for the price of one! You not only save money, but you can save space. You don’t need to buy or store two decorations. Sounds great right? The best part is, they’re super easy to make yourself.

The stencils we used to make our reversible holiday sign are available in our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK or you can purchase them from our online store. As the season progresses, we’ll add more options.

This DIY Reversible Holiday Sign is perfect for this time of year. Save money, time and space with this two-sided sign for Fall and Christmas decorations!

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High Performance Spray Lacquer is the key to turning any flat, lifeless piece of furniture into a bright statement piece you are proud to have in your home.

What You Need to Know About High Performance Spray Lacquer

High Performance Spray Lacquer is one Amy Howard’s coolest products. You can turn any flat, lifeless piece of furniture into a bright, statement piece that you can be proud to have in your home.

High Performance Spray Lacquer is the key to turning any flat, lifeless piece of furniture into a bright statement piece you are proud to have in your home.

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Save time and money making your own holiday decorations. These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

How to Make Webbed Halloween Candle Holders with Spray Lacquer

These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

The year end holidays can get expensive quick. It’s difficult to stay on budget when you have to buy candy, decorations, costumes then one month later your family of 20 is coming over and you must feed them all, then somehow buy them presents and decorate for a completely different holiday just a month later! It’s too much!

There are so many benefits to making your own decorations. One is you can use the same materials and supplies over and over again. The other is if you get creative, you can make the decorations you see at the store for a fraction of the cost.

Not only are these Halloween candlesticks budget friendly, but it’s easy and quick, so you can do it in a time crunch.

Save time and money making your own holiday decorations. These Halloween candle holders are the perfect addition to any Halloween set-up.

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This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you'd like to give out trick or treats, you can also use this to hold your candy.

DIY Pumpkin Display with Galvanized Buckets

Getting Ready for Fall

This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you’d like to give out trick or treats, but have other things to attend to, you can also use this to hold your candy.

When you have a home decor store, fall is one of the most important times of the year. The colors are beautiful and serve as great inspiration for home decorations. It’s also the start of a very busy season.

We’ve spent the last couple of weeks getting fall decoration ideas together for our booths at the Market at Walnut Creek in Tulsa, OK and River City Trading Post in Jenks, OK. We’ve linked to their Facebook pages, so you can check out their fall decor and get inspiration for your home.

To showcase different ways to use Amy Howard Products, we decided to make this Pumpkin Display with Galvanized Bucket. We’re using the top bucket to serve as a candy holder for customers coming our booth at the Market at Walnut Creek.

This DIY Pumpkin Display is perfect for fall porch displays. If you'd like to give out trick or treats, you can also use this to hold your candy.

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If you're looking for a cute DIY project for the kiddos look no further than these easy painted pumpkin monsters. They're easy to make and customize!

Quick and Easy Painted Pumpkin Monsters

Pumpkin Monster Tutorial

If you’re looking for a cute DIY project for the kiddos look no further than these easy painted pumpkin monsters or trolls. These painted pumpkin monsters or trolls come any color you like and is easy to customize with any materials you have at home.

If you're looking for a cute DIY project for the kiddos look no further than these easy painted pumpkin monsters. They're easy to make and customize!

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Want to get flawless painted furniture every time? Check out our best tips and tricks for the perfect painted furniture technique.

How to Get Flawless Painted Furniture

Do you scroll through pages and pages of flawless painted furniture pieces on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, wondering how people achieve these glorious pieces? In this post, we’re going to give you our best tips and tricks to get the perfect painted furniture piece every time.

Want to get flawless painted furniture every time? Check out our best tips and tricks for the perfect painted furniture technique.

Step One. Prep.

For flawless painted furniture, always prep furniture piece you’re going to paint. Sometimes, it’s simple like wiping it down with Amy Howard Clean Slate or diluted Simple Green wiped off with a damp cloth to remove surfactants.

You also might need to sand, if the previous finish is chipped or uneven. If you have a furniture piece with a lot of stains or certain woods like Mahogany, you’ll need a primer. If you use an oil based primer, it dries a little rough, so use a light sander before adding the next layer of paint.

Remove any hardware too difficult to paint around. Sometimes, you might have to fill holes or deep scratches with wood filler. Once you put the filler, such as Elmer’s Color Change Wood Filler, where you need it.  Scrape off any extra with a putty knife and sand it down smooth. Check out this article, for great tips to repair wood furniture surfaces.

Step Two. Paint with One-Step Paint.

Amy Howard at Home One-Step paint is our go to paint for our antique furniture pieces. Amy Howard at Home products help us get the aged furniture look without actually distressing and making the furniture look as if you dragged it behind your truck.

Painting with One-Step paint is super easy and our go-to for flawless painted furniture. Other than cleaning the furniture piece, there’s no other prep work required. The best part is this paint with stick to almost anything without sanding or priming.

Start with a ‘crumb coat’ or a light coat of chalk-based paint. Give your furniture piece a couple of coats of paint, letting the chalk-based paint dry completely between coats. Chalk-based paint has a dead flat finish. If you see any shiny spots your furniture piece needs more time to dry. See this post to learn more about One-Step Paint.

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Step Three. Finish with a Wax or Other Sealer.

The third step for flawless painted furniture is to seal your furniture project. This keeps your furniture piece looking flawless for years to come.

We seal most of our projects with Amy Howard at Home Waxes. For a cleaner look, we use clear wax. If we want an aged antique look, we use Light Wax. Once the wax has dried, we add a touch of Dark Wax on the edges where the furniture would naturally wears. See this post to learn more about how to apply furniture wax.

The furniture waxes need to be refinished once a year. So for furniture or spaces with heavy use, we use a polyethylene sealer for extra durability.

Amy Howard at Home products also include Liming Wax to calm vibrant colors or to create a white wash finish, and Mind Your Own Beeswax for a durable satin patina look.

Step Four. Enjoy Your Bragging Rights!

What’s the point of having a flawless painted furniture piece, if you can’t actually enjoy it. The great thing about Amy Howard at Home products, is if you don’t like it, just clean off the wax with Clean Slate and start over again.

These are our three tips for flawless painted furniture! If you have any questions or have a tip for flawless painted furniture, feel free to leave a comment below!

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We love finding different ways and settings to use Amy Howard at Home products. See some of our favorite projects using Chalk-Based Paint outdoors!

5 Ways to Use Chalk-Based Paint Outdoors

Projects for Chalk-Based Paint Outdoors

Some product claims turn out to be false, but that’s not the case with using chalk-based paint outdoors. One-Step Paint is part of the Amy Howard at Home furniture paint line, which we use on a regular basis for our indoor furniture projects. Over the past few months, we’ve learned her products work exactly how she claims with no sanding or priming needed.

A few a months ago we did a few projects to test the chalk-based paint outdoors to see how it held up.

The results: we couldn’t be more pleased. Despite this crazy, rainy Oklahoma weather, the chalk-based paint we used outdoors is holding up great. It looks exactly the same as it did when we first put the projects out.

We’re so excited about the results, so we wanted to show you even more ideas to use chalk-based paint outdoors, along with our original idea.

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It's back to school time and we're excited to show your our latest DIY! Get organized with this back to school chalkboard!

DIY Back to School Chalkboard

A Back to School Chalkboard is the perfect way to get organized for the new school year.

It's back to school time and we're excited to show your our latest DIY! Get organized with this back to school chalkboard!

Preparing to go back to school is such an exciting time. It’s a time of picking out a new backpack, pencils with your name on it, new notebooks to be filled with new knowledge and ideas. It’s also hard to keep organized.

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This easy image transfer technique will help bring your world travels home with you. No matter where you are, you can bring precious memories with you.

The Perfect Image Transfer Technique for Travel-Inspired DIY Home Decor

Travel-Inspired Home Decor

This easy image transfer technique will help bring your world travels home with you. No matter where you are, you can bring those precious memories with you.

This easy image transfer technique will help bring your world travels home with you. No matter where you are, you can bring precious memories with you.

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It's about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Here's our tips for a great BBQ cookout!

Chillin’ & Grillin’: Summer BBQ Cookout Party with Curbside Overhaul

It’s about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Chelle and I at Curbside Overhaul are no different. There’s nothing better than getting the family together, the smell of the grill and enjoying the great outdoors.

We love all our readers. Although you might not be here with us, we want to give you the tools to have a great BBQ cookout with your family.

It's about that time of the year when people are lighting up the grill for their summer BBQ parties. Here's our tips for a great BBQ cookout!

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