Dresser Transformed with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint

Hello!

I mentioned here that I had the opportunity to visit and meet Amy Howard late last year to learn more about her new line of paint and finishing products, and I’m excited to share my first project with you today.  I have been on a big time furniture painting kick lately, and I think you’ll be as amazed as amazed as I am with how this thrift store dresser was transformed with Amy Howard’s One Step Paint.  I am in love with the finished look, and find myself always looking for more furniture pieces to restore as a result.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Let’s start with this little lady who is rock solid and just in need of a little TLC.  Great bones, solid wood, made by Thomasville.  I think my heart skipped a beat when I spotted it.

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Choosing a Color

While Amy Howard’s paint line offers a variety of great colors, I stumbled upon this image on Pinterest of a gorgeous bookcase that had been painted in a mix of two of Amy’s paint colors – Black and Atelier.  When I saw this, I knew I had found my match.  How can you not love this, right?

Amy Howard Color Mixing

So, that was my plan.  When I attended Amy’s blogger workshop, she showed us a variety of their products and techniques, and I was excited to learn that her paint could be sprayed.  You know me, and how much I love the smooth finish of paint when it’s sprayed, and I figured this would be a good way to get my feet wet in using her paint for the first time.

I cleaned the dresser with Krud Kutter and even though Amy’s One Step Paint doesn’t require sanding, I sanded anyway to make sure I didn’t miss any extra dirt or grime.  I’ve become a bit of a sanding nut now that I have a great sander.  It doesn’t feel like work anymore.  Plus, I had to do a little bit of repair work on the top.  While it was fine when I bought it, it sustained a little bit of damage somewhere in the transport process.  This is where Minwax High Performance Wood Filler is your best friend.

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Remember how I repaired my daughter’s nightstand with it?  It’s magic when it comes to furniture repair.

Painting + Topcoat

As for the paint, I mixed the two colors and then thinned them with water so that the consistency would work well for spraying.  Here is a shot of the drawers.  Let me tell you, this paint dries crazy fast, which is nice, because you can get work done quickly, rather than sitting around watching it dry.   If you look closely, you can see that when it’s dry, it has a chalky finish to it.

Amy Howard One Step Paint

For the top coat on this piece, I decided to try General Finishes Flat Out Flat, as the guys at the Woodcraft store said it’s flatter than the “matte” finish of other polycrylics out there.

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Oh. my. goodness.  I absolutely love the finish it gives.  It looks like it’s been buffed and polished, but I can spray it (which is a win-win) for me.

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I gave the hardware a refresh with the help of some Rub ‘n Buff – love this stuff.  It seemed wrong to replace it with all new hardware, since it just needed a little love.

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The Result

And here is the final finished look – I love it!

Amy Howard One Step Paint

I ended up painting the top of this piece black, which gives it a bit of contrast.  And you can’t even see where the piece was repaired, can you?

Amy Howard Painted Dresser

Amy Howard Atelier

Amy Howard Gray Dresser

Here you can see the process in motion – I’m thrilled with how this piece turned out and will be on the lookout for more pieces to transform!

Dresser Makeover with Amy Howard One Step Paint

Have a great day!

Jenny

 

 

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73 Comments

  • Reply
    Kelly
    February 4, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    That turned out gorgeous. I love the colors. The pulls set it off.

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    Ann
    February 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Love that grey and the lines of the dresser! Have you ever shared details about spraying furniture? Do you paint outside or do you have an inside set-up?

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      Jenny
      February 5, 2016 at 12:07 am

      I have talked a bit about spraying when I did my tutorial for painting kitchen cabinets, but haven’t talked about it when it comes to furniture. I have been thinking about it though, and will be putting something together soon. Ideas are swirling around in my head!

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        Erica G
        February 5, 2016 at 2:22 pm

        Beautiful work! Would love tips for spraying furniture. How did you get it to look so smooth? I always get bubbles and wrinkles.

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          Jenny
          February 5, 2016 at 3:02 pm

          I’m working on putting together a series to share some painting tips and tricks for different things. Definitely yes – spraying makes for beautiful refinishing!

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        Angie
        March 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm

        Where can I find your tutorial for painting kitchen cabinets?

          • Jenny
            March 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm

            Sorry for the delayed reply – I use a Festool sander – I have the 5 inch orbital as well as the smaller Rotex 90 DX (which is great for heavy duty sanding) – I love it!

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          Angie
          March 13, 2017 at 5:02 pm

          Thanks. How much water do you typically add to a full quart of Amy Howard paint before using it in the sprayer?

          • Jenny
            March 13, 2017 at 5:18 pm

            I don’t add much, if any when I spray it. It’s pretty manageable.

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    Mary Sosa
    February 5, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Stunning!

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    Vel
    February 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    OMG, what a gorgeous, gorgeous finish! The colors you chose are perfect Jenny!

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    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos
    February 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    What a beautiful smooth finish!

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    mimzy
    February 6, 2016 at 2:14 am

    wow….that flat out flat finish is truly gorgeous! I need to find it in my area. Well done. Really nice work. I like your style.

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      Angie
      April 12, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      The flat out finish says you have to do three coats, lightly sanding between each. Do you do that when using Amy Howard?

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    amy @ one artsy mama
    February 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Absolutely beautiful!!! I love how it turned out…what a difference!

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    Dagmar ~ Dagmar's Home
    February 18, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Jenny, this turned out so amazing! I’m so envious that you have the space to spray the paint – that’s not possible in our Blue Cottage – at least not in the winter 🙂

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      Jenny
      February 19, 2016 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Dagmar – I love having a space to work in that is exclusively mine. Although it’s very overrun right now with projects! I need to get cracking and finish some things!

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    June
    April 21, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Wow, That is nice, I’m goin to buy an old dresser an attempt to paint it?

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    Melissa
    June 9, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Any progress on the spraying tips tutorial? I just sprayed a piece this weekend and was so disappointed at how bubbled the paint was. I had no control over the air and I felt like it made a mess of what could have been a smooth dresser. Sigh.

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      Jenny
      June 9, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      I’ve been so swamped I haven’t been able to take the time to test out the sprayers yet. What kind of sprayer did you use? What kind of paint did you use? How did you not have control of the air? Give me some more details and maybe I can help!

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        Melissa
        June 9, 2016 at 2:47 pm

        Used the Wagner Home Decor sprayer which does not allow for slower flow of air. I felt like the high volume of air was pushing my paint around too much and causing some of the bubbling. I used chalk paint but it was DIY (latex with calcium carbonate). It brushed on nicely but the sprayer was a disaster. Maybe I have the wrong sprayer?

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          Jenny
          June 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

          Having control of the air flow is really important when it comes to painting. I’m always adjusting mine each time that I paint, and can’t imagine not being able to adjust that part of the equation! Being able to adjust the paint flow and the air is necessary since the paints/primers/stains I work with are all different consistencies. Can you adjust the paint flow at all?

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    Jennie
    July 25, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I just used Amy Howard’s ballet white chalk paint on a desk. It already got marked by something blue. Is it necessary to protect the paint? How can it be expected to be effective furniture paint if it marks, just by putting a painted picture frame on it? It was so expensive, I can’t get over it.

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    Carly Haad
    August 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    What was the ratio of grey to black that you used? I love the color!

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      Jenny
      August 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      If memory serves, I believe it was a 1:1 ratio. It’s a gorgeous color!

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    Latasha
    November 1, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Hello Jenny. The dresser looks awesome. Question. What type of sander and paint sprayer you have?

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    Janet
    November 21, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Hi,

    What brand sprayer did you use? I’m going to paint a dresser this wekend with Amy Howard One Step paint. I love how beautiful the finish looks on your piece using a sprayer. Any tips would be much appreciated.

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      Jenny
      November 22, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      I have a Titan Capspray HVLP sprayer – it’s overkill for a small project, but since I’m spraying so much, it was worth the investment. But I started out with a Wagner HVLP conversion gun, which hooked up to my air compressor and got the job done!

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    Natalie
    January 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Fantastic job! I’ve been researching for a while best techniques and materials for refinishing a vintage Martinsville dresser/credenza and nightstand. You’ve made me excited to see that I can use spray paint and the color you chose use exactly what I want. What sander did you use?

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    Deb
    April 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Few questions … what did you use to spray the paint on with? And the top finish. Is that a sprsy on or strictly a brush and roller product?

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      Jenny
      May 7, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      Deb, I sprayed all of it with my HVLP sprayer. I really like a smooth, factory finished look. 🙂

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    Barb
    June 5, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    Gorgeous!

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    Mallory
    July 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Hi! What a GORGEOUS transformation!!! Congratulations!!! What do you use for spraying?? Interested in buying a sprayer, but not sure where to start! Thanks!!

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      Mallory
      July 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      Shoot! Just saw that you already answered this question. Sorry!!

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    Gayle Justice
    August 6, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    We’re can I learn more about Amy’s paint

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    Catherine Stiteler
    August 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    That turned out absolutely gorgeous. What type of paint sprayer are you using ? Thanks !

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      Catherine Stiteler
      August 14, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Oh sorry , I see it up above !!

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    Diane Sardis
    August 29, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I absolutely love the color of this dresser. It looks to me that it has a tinge of blue to it.
    You used the black and atelier and mixed those two colors right?

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      Jenny
      August 30, 2017 at 8:23 am

      That’s right! I love the color that those two colors produce – it’s a 50/50 mix. You can also get Amy Howard’s paint tinted to any color you’d like, which is why I love it even more. 🙂

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    Karen
    September 1, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Can you tell me what brand sprayer you use. I’m thinking that’s the way to go.

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      Jenny
      September 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      I use a turbine system (an investment, as I’m using it all the time), but I started with an HVLP conversion gun that hooked up to my air compressor, and it was fantastic as well.

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    Karly Wilson
    September 7, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    Do you use the spray to hide brush strokes or is there another reason? Do you think it’s worth it to buy a sprayer for just one piece of furniture? Also, do you know anything about Amy Howard clear wax? I’m assuming the “Flat out Flat” product that you put on must work better? Sorry for all of the questions! I have never done this before and I’m a teacher so am hoping to get it on the first try and not have to go back and buy more products 🙂 Thank you!

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      Jenny
      September 7, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      There are sprayers out there that are inexpensive, if you’re looking for something that you’re not expecting to use often. I really love the look of a sprayed finish, which is why I spray so often. I like using the Flat Out Flat because it gives a beautiful matte finish, and I can spray it! 🙂

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        Karly Wilson
        September 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

        Thank you for replying! Do you happen to recommend any inexpensive sprayers that you know or have heard work well?

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    Francene
    September 7, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Very nice! What type of sprayer do you use?

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      Francene
      September 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

      Disregard—I see you already answered! Thank you!

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    Michelle Holland
    September 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Hi, how was the tip coat applied? Did you have to sand between coats as I saw on Amazon comments? That seems strange affer painting but I’m new to this. Thanks!
    Michelle

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      Jenny
      September 21, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      I applied the top coat with a sprayer as well. Maybe a light sand in between coats of paint, depending upon how it feels.

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    Diane Woodyshek
    October 13, 2017 at 11:39 am

    This looks amazingly, wonderful! Thanks for the great inspiration and the tip about mixing the paint colors. I just think its genius. May I ask what type/brand of sprayer do you recommend? Also, I know you sprayed the drawers but did you spray the piece as well or did you use a brush or roller for that?

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      Jenny
      October 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Diane! I use an industrial sprayer, but I started out with a smaller DIY version when I first began spraying cabinets/furniture. For DIYers, you could start out with something like this – http://amzn.to/2ym4UzN (affiliate link). I just went industrial because I’m doing so much spraying now as part of my business. I did spray the entire piece – I love the smooth finish that you get with spraying. It just takes things to a whole new level. 🙂

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    Susan
    January 12, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Love this room! Painting tomorow. Fingers crossed. Also I need that print and frame and urn! Where did you get it?

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      Jenny
      January 14, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      We bought the print and frame at an art auction years ago, and I still love it! The urn – HomeGoods! 🙂

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    Jean
    January 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    I have the exact same dresser in my bedroom at our cottage on Lake Ontario. It belonged to my Grandmother. It’s the same color. I replaced the hardware because one of the pulls was missing when i got it . Your paint job looks really great. It’s giving me ideas.

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    Yvonne
    January 20, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    On the rub n buff which color gold did you use? They have gold leaf, antique gold, Grecian gold and European gold. Looks fabulous!

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      Jenny
      January 21, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      I can’t remember which one I used Yvonne – I think it was probably the antique gold, but I now have all three of them and experiment with them, depending upon the piece.

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    sandi
    February 11, 2018 at 12:44 am

    What was the ratio of the paint mix? Was is equal parts?

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      Jenny
      February 11, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Yes – a 50/50 mix.

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    MJ
    February 21, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Lovely

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    Sherri
    February 27, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    What type sprayer do you use and what sander ? I have four pieces of furniture I want to change to some type of gray . Scared to ruin it since it’s my first .

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      Jenny
      February 27, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      I have LOTS of sprayers, my the main one I use is a commercial HVLP Titan Capspray 95. But I have used other sprayers that get the job done as a DIYer. I started out with an HVLP conversion gun that works very similarly to my current sprayer. I invested in a Festool orbital sander and dust extractor as well, since I’m doing more volume work. It was worth every penny! Here are some (affiliate) links:

      My sprayer – http://amzn.to/2BTQ1qE
      HVLP Conversion gun – http://www.gleempaint.com/hvcongunnew.html
      My sander – http://amzn.to/2FAZjrm

      Hope this helps!

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    Stella Colgate
    March 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Can’t waut to psint mid century modern bedroom set.

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    beth weishaupt
    March 1, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    This dresser is simply beautiful. Do you have a tutorial on using a paint sprayer? I recently watched a paint spray demonstration and the instructor stress texting the viscosity of the paint and thinning it out before using the sprayer. I would be interested to see what your technique is.
    Sincerely,
    Beth

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      Jenny
      March 1, 2018 at 11:35 pm

      I just shared a post about a sprayer that is perfect for the DIY’er who is just getting started with spraying. It’s SUPER easy to use, and I even sprayed a piece of furniture with it so you can see the results for yourself. Here is the link – https://www.evolutionofstyleblog.com/2018/02/paint-sprayer-made-simple.html. I’ve done a lot of spraying, so I feel pretty comfortable eyeballing the viscosity of the paint before I spray it. But I will say that I used the beginner level sprayer and sprayed it with paint both thinned and not thinned, and it worked beautifully!

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    Patricia Burgess
    March 6, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    What was the percentage of each color you mixed? 50% Black…. 50% Atelier? Or did you use another formula?

    It is very pretty!

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      Jenny
      March 9, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      It’s a 50/50 mix. Gorgeous color!

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    Tamra
    March 7, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    How can I create or buy that color? I love it!

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      Jenny
      March 9, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      It’s a 50/50 mix of Amy Howard’s One Step Paint in Black and Atelier.

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    loretta
    March 9, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    love the dresser. where can I get the paint.I HAVE ADRESSER AND 2 NIGHTSTANDS I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN A METALLIC GRAY COLOR BUT I CAN’T FIND THE PAING I WANT. CAN U HELP?

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      Jenny
      March 9, 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Metallic gray? I’ve seen Modern Masters has a lot in the way of metallic paints – give them a look!

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    Julie
    May 25, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Hi Jenny! I love the color! Is it a grey blue? Hard to tell in the pic… Also what size sprayer tip did you use?
    Thank you,
    Julie

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      Jenny
      June 4, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      It is kind of a gray-blue – I love the color. It’s been awhile since I sprayed it, but I think it was a #3 or #4 projector set for my HVLP sprayer.

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