Edison Bulb Wire Pendant Light 💡

We are custom making Pendant Lights.

We have 3 copper painted wire baskets. We can make two different styles. One has a 15’5″ cord with a wall plug in. The other style is created with a conversion kit that allows you to screw in your new pendant light into an existing ceiling can that a bulb usually screws into.

This is one we made for our kitchen. We already had this type of pendant light so we used those parts, but it is similar to the kit we would use for the others.

This is the kit we will be using. It comes in black or white and has ample cord that winds or unwinds to fit the length you prefer.

We also can make these with a cord that has a wall plug. It has a very long cord. This would work great hanging in the center of an umbrella or canopy on a deck and then running the cord to an outside outlet.

we can paint these baskets to fit your color scheme and the cords can be black or white.

If you are interested in learning more or wish to purchase, please contact us with the link below. Thanks!

https://sharsumpaint.com/contact-us/

And check this out!!!! Remember how I mentioned the cord with the wall plug would make a great pendant lamp for an umbrella or canopy on a deck? Well, we just had to find something around the house to use to make a shade. We found a beat up metal waste can. Danny put a hole in the bottom just big enough for the socket to go through. Then I used a fleur de lis stencil and put dots around the outside edge in spots around the wastebasket. Danny then drilled holes where all the spots were. No Edison bulb as we didn’t have another one. But, oh so cool! Can’t wait to see it lit up tonight!

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Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel

I created a story about a beautiful bedroom set I was able to purchase as I was working on it. I love finding the history of the pieces I paint and/or restore and this one surely had a history.

I have recently learned more about this furniture and I have painted the first two pieces of the set, the dresser and one mirror. I call the dresser SOL Sunflower, the patriarch of the Sun God Series. SOL and his mirror are finished and for sale.

I hope you will read what I have learned about SOL and his family. He is a very unique piece.

Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel Part 1

Sunflower: A Vintage Jewel Part 2

If you would like more details on SOL, have information to share, or would like to purchase this unique dresser and mirror, please send me an email at sharsumpaint@gmail.com

Aging a Terra Cotta Pot with Soap and Chalk-style Paint

I ran across the idea of using soap as a distressing medium so thought I’d try it, creating a tutorial as I worked. It would either turn out fine or I’d just have to get another pot and try again. I found this pot under our deck area so I was good to go.

I think it worked pretty well! It was fun and quick to do.

I think the paint brand we sell and use has the perfect colors for this project: Missouri Limestone Paint Company English Ivy and Grannies Lace. Any chalk-style paint should work, though. I just happened to have a new bar of Safeguard soap, but any soap should also work.

Along with the pot, soap and paint, you will need brushes, and a fine sanding sponge. I like to pour my paint into containers. These were once a silicone muffin pan I cut apart.

Note: The video is in two parts due to the length of over 6 minutes in each video.

Part 1 of 2: Aging a Terra Cotta Pot

Part 2 of 2: Aging a Terra Cotta Pot

I am happy with the final result. What do you think? If you try it, be sure to send me your pics in the comments.

Creating a Piece of Jacobean Royalty with a Watercolor Paint/Stain Technique

This is a tutorial, but also the story of Sir Albert, a neglected Jacobean cabinet who wanted nothing more than to have someone see the beauty behind his years and restore him to his life among the Royalty. He found me, and I fell in love with him and this process, so I hope you enjoy his story. I tried to show the important steps in the process in bold font so they would stand out and others can try this to help save and restore these beautiful pieces of history. I also want to share the thought and work and heart involved in making these pieces quality furniture once again.

It all started when I found this cabinet. I loved the carvings on it and it reminded me of one my mom and dad had refinished years ago (it is apparently in my blood to do this). However, my dad took off about 5 coats of different color paints to get to the wood, and here I am putting paint on it. He would be just shaking his head over that. 😉

At first, I was going to just clean it well and perk it up with some Howard products. I even went so far as to create a video on how well Restor-a-Shine worked on one of the small doors.

However, as I studied it more, I realized it needed more work than just a light restore, including some places that were alligatored. You know, all dry, crackling, and crisscrossing on the finish. (More on that later.) So, I started dreaming on how I would paint it. Sometime after that I had tried a technique I’ve used before where I mixed the chalk-style paint we sell and use (Missouri Limestone Paint Company Indigo Blue) with distilled water (so there are no impurities). This piece of raw wood had beautiful grain and the paint/stain technique turned out beautiful! I did not measure as this piece was so small. I think it was more paint than water, so I would paint on and wipe off. I did this 3 times. I knew then I wanted to try this on a large piece. Isn’t that gorgeous! I love Indigo Blue – a true navy blue! I love it so much I painted a pair of shoes with it. But that’s another story! I spent about a month daydreaming about painting this beautiful cabinet. But first, I wanted to learn a little more about it. A kind lady in one of my painting groups I belong to, Vintage House by Leah identified it for me as Jacobean Style. Thank you again, Leah, for identifying the style of this piece. I did a lot of research but could never find one that looked exactly like mine or knew what the style was even called.

Once I had the style identified and researched some more, I knew this guy was going to be royalty. So I named him Sir Albert from the Jacobean era during the reign of King James. The rest, as they say, is history!

And then, as luck would have it, I posted a pic of my piece on one of my painting groups and Rachel of Not Too Shabby posted one she had done that was almost identical except that hers didn’t have the shield in the center of the large door! How beautiful is this! I was ready to try my experiment!

I tried a practice run on one of the doors. I had cleaned it earlier really well and used Restor-a-Shine on it before I decided to paint it instead. So now, I just cleaned it well with a 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.

It was looking good so far so I knew it was going to work. I could see the more coats I put on, the more the navy blue came out.

My original intention was to do like I had done on the raw wood and paint it on, then wipe it off. But I could tell that where the raw wood soaked up the paint, the stained piece soaked in some places but stayed on top in others. But the thin mix just flowed out of my brush. In many areas I just used a small artist brush.

I was ready to do some watercolor painting!

I finally brought the piece home from storage and decided to try my experiment on this piece. I did not want to sand or strip it as I wanted to keep the original color, darkened with age. I believe it had only a coat of shellac, which was missing in places, and other places the shellac had developed what is known as alligator, cracked, or crazed. Who said this furniture restoring was easy, right?

So, back to Google to research some more. And here is what I found and tried:

Reamalgamation! I learned a new word. It means I could do a technique that would pretty much liquify the cracked shellac then would turn it solid again and unblemished. It worked pretty well. It is not perfect, but neither was the whole piece. But at least I now have a smooth finish instead of an area where the finish was deteriorating.

I first cleaned the piece really well.

1st cleaning: 50/50 mixof vinegar and distilled water is a spray bottle with several drops of Dawn dishwashing detergent added to cut grease. This thing was really dirty. The pic below shows about the 5th rag I used and still cleaned more. I cleaned until I wasn’t getting any more dirt on my rag.

I then used a different cleaning mix to make sure there was no residue left.

2nd cleaning: A 50/50 mix of isopropyl alcohol and distilled water.

We did the whole piece two times.

In the process of cleaning a little of the crackling finish brushed off. That didn’t bother me because I was going to touch it up with a little stain and then paint/stain that area anyway. I also wanted a little old world look so this was fine. I didn’t want perfect.

Then, because this was shellac, I learned we needed to use denatured alcohol. Wow! This stuff is dangerous when you read about it on the can. If you try this be very, very careful! And store it high and out of site of children in a locked room. Away from heat. Very flammable. Use in a well ventilated area. And many many more warnings. We weren’t sure how dangerous so we poured just a little into a small mason jar. We were afraid it might eat through anything else. 😱

We got a new natural bristle brush – one of our chippy brushes we use. We dipped it in the denatured alcohol, wiped against the jar so it wasn’t dripping, and painted it on the areas in long strokes. We did not go back over. We dipped the brush each time, so it wouldn’t dry out. It looks really shiny at that point.

We then waited 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, it dulls some. Then we took a very fine steel wool and rubbed gently. And….just like magic… we had a smooth surface.

I tried to get photos in the same spot each time, but I don’t think they quite came out that way, but you can see where there was a cracked finish, now there is not. You can see where a little finish is gone, but as I said, I don’t mind that. I will fix that. I am happy it is smooth without having to remove all the finish or sand it. I wanted to keep that dark look.

So now, maybe you have learned a new word, too, along with what it means. Amalgamation! It may just save your piece!

Here is the link to the site that helped me:

https://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/home-diy/projects/how-to-restore-wooden-furniture-finish1.htm

So now I was ready to do some water color painting with my paint stain mix of 50/50 of chalk-style paint and distilled water. I used a cup of water and an 8 oz jar of paint, mixing together in a mason jar. I poured the paint into the mason jar, then poured the water into the paint jar and shook it to get all the paint out, then poured that into the mason jar.

So far so good. More coats will make it more navy.

The inside and shelves had a few scuffs and marks. I used Howard Restore-a-Finish on them, and they are beautiful. Do they still have a bit of character. Certainly. Don’t we all? 😉

The parts I am keeping wood, I refreshed with Varathane water based stain and polyurethane in dark walnut. I just painted it on and left it to dry. It made the wood shine and covered any nicks and scratches.

So, that’s pretty much it. This actually went much faster than most pieces. I just kept painting until I saw the dark navy I was looking for. I think it was 3 or 4 coats. It goes so fast and dries quickly. Someone asked if I taped around the wood on the front sides. No. I used the small brush and the diluted paint just flowed into the right places. It was pretty amazing to me as no background in watercolor or any type of artistic painting.

The last thing we did was put on a new back. The old one was cracked and veneer peeled away. When we did, a package of Singer sewing machine needles fell out.

I love when we find treasures. I am a member of a sewing machine group and found someone there who could use them, so sent them on.

We cut a piece of luan the sizes of the two back pieces and painted two coats of the Varathane water based dark walnut stain and polyurethane. The color matched the wood stained areas perfectly. We used screws to attach the back.

Rachel, my new painting friend, told me she had put new knobs in her piece and I was missing the one on the large door. She searched and found one of them and sent it to me. It was a perfect match, and as Rachel said when I let her know it had come, that she was happy it was back where it belonged on a Jacobean cabinet.

I sealed the whole piece (wood look pieces, too, with Howard FeednWax. I chose it over paste wax due to the fact that it was still mostly a stained piece with wood showing through with lots of nooks and crannies paste would get stuck in. I loved how it worked. Very easy to use and smells good, too. You paint it on. It looks very shiny going on but doesn’t stay that way. Wait 20 minutes and wipe it off. Let dry and lightly buff. A unique thing about wax as a sealer is that it is a natural dust repellent so Sir Albert will not get as dusty as some pieces of furniture.

This has been my favorite piece to paint. I hope if you try making some paint/stain and doing some watercolor on a piece you have that you will share photos in the comments here. I would love to see them.

If you have any questions, or if I can make something clearer, please let me know and I will edit this tutorial.

So here is the last photo of Sir Albert of the Jacobean era of the reign of King James in all his glory until….he gets dressed (staged) in all his finery as he searches for his forever home. When he is ready, I will post those photos, too.

Our Invention We Like To Call SharSum Paint’s Leg Painting Contraption

We are working on a project involving table legs. I love painting this type of leg, but as you can imagine, there is a lot of: paint an edge, let dry, turn, paint another edge, you understand. But, not anymore! With SharSum Paint’s handy dandy, Leg Painting Contraption, painting these table legs is a breeze.

But first, the history of a base we made early in our business that has allowed us to work on a number of projects fairly easily – our Super Duper Lazy Susan Spinner. This is another Invention we do not plan on getting a patent on, but pretty sure no one has ever tried to make one just like this or ever will. 😉

It all started with the idea of making a huge tray out of a free table top that would spin around. We had purchased a Lazy Susan mechanism at Lowe’s for about $7.00. We were ready to roll (I mean spin).

We quickly found out the top was not real wood and upon close inspection when the paint did not stick well that it was covered with a plastic contact paper like material. So…. we didn’t add any more coats and called it done. We attached the mechanism anyway and Ta Da! We now had our Super Duper Lazy Susan Spinner. Waste Not Want Not as they say. We will visit our Spinner again a bit later.

But now, we have 4 legs to paint. I said, “Danny, I wish we had something we could use to hold the table leg up so I can paint it.”

Meet Danny’s Invention – SharSum Paint’s Leg Painting Contraption! This model was specifically built to hold the legs of this particular table, but can easily be recreated for any set of table legs. Looking good so far? Don’t you wish you would have thought of this life-changing Invention?

And now, for the finale!!!! Insert the top part of the leg into the space provided on the contraption. Place on the Super Duper Lazy Susan Spinner and paint all sides of the leg at once, spinning the base as needed. Play the video to see this in action.

https://videos.files.wordpress.com/9WNFoaQg/img_2646.mov

I hope you enjoyed learning how we made these very useful tools. We do not plan on getting patents so if you wish to recreate these items, we give you our permission.

Fellow painters, consider it our gift to you. 😉

Refrigerator Test Tube Vases

We’ve been busy getting ready to change out our booth at Spirals Art Gallery and Studio in Cuba, Missouri. I have a bunch of test tubes and wondered what I could do with them. Pinterest did not fail me. I found a great idea – Magnetic Test Tube Vases for refrigerators!! I love the first batch I made so much, this grouping is now front and center on my refrigerator and is going to stay there. Goodbye ugly magnets! Hello test tube vases. You can even put real blooms in these vases. See the water in mine keeping my artificial 🌸 🌺 fresh?😉

We cut a 1×4 pine Board into 6″ pieces. I color stained the boards with a mix of paint and water. The 3/4″ clamps snapped right over our test tubes. We screwed them onto the board and glued 4 round magnets on each corner of the back. We added an artificial bloom and now Spring has sprung in our kitchen!

But wait! That’s not all! A friend asked me if I was going to have any with a rusty clamp. The challenge was on! So, I used a rusty technique I had tried on other things and….now we will have rusty ones, too!

But still I wasn’t finished. What about copper? Why not? I had some Rustoleum Copper Penny Metallic paint so….now we will have 3 colors of clamps! In fact, I am changing out the ones I am keeping as my kitchen has copper accessories.

I am doing a variety of colors on the boards. You could use just one, but I love the grouping of 3, don’t you? They would make great Mothers’ Day presents. Hint, hint.

You’ll be able to purchase these at our booth at Spirals starting Monday afternoon (3/5/18). They are $10 each or 3 for $27.

I know my favorite color clamp is now copper because I have copper in my kitchen. What is your favorite clamp color? You can vote by commenting below. Thanks!

Creating a Color Portfolio of Work on Pinterest

Note:  To make it easy for you to follow the directions below in print, I created an eBook for you.  Just click on this link to download.  Be sure to follow my blog if this is something you  can use.  I would appreciate it.

Free eBook: Pinterest Colors Board Tutorial

I found Pinterest to be an excellent way to showcase my painted projects.  If you enjoy this tutorial or just enjoy looking at painted furniture and home decor, please consider following me on Pinterest.  https://pinterest.com/sharsumpaint  And if you like seeing tutorials like this, please follow this blog.  I have many tutorials listed here.  Just click on the category Tutorials to see them all.  I add new ones periodically.  Thank you.

I’ve been working on creating portfolios of my work through various platforms:  Pinterest, Facebook, and eventually here on my blog.  This is something I’ve attempted in the past and it is a lot of work. I realize now I have created quite a few projects and have the images saved in several different places and finding them all, saving in one place, adding descriptions, etc is all going to take time.

However, I am highly motivated right now to get this done.  Why?  I am doing more custom work with my business and I want an easy way to share examples of my work along with colors and techniques to hopefully, future clients.  So, I am creating color albums.  I started with Facebook and have quite a few ready to go with it, but last night I got distracted (lol happens often) with checking out how to go about it in Pinterest and Wow!  I love what I discovered.  The only drawback is that the client will need to have a Pinterest account, but these days, most people do.

Note:  These directions are for the Pinterest app.  But if working on a computer, they are basically the same.

Steps for Creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest:

1.  I logged into my business account in Pinterest.  Click on the Plus Sign at the top of the page.pinterestlogin2.  Type in Colors for the Board name and click Create. After it is created, you can click Edit and add a description of your Colors Board.  Here’s mine:  “Portfolio of SharSum Paint’s Work”

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3.  I then clicked on Add Section, gave it a Color name and clicked Next.
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4.  You may or may not get this message.  If you do, just click Skip at the top right.  I think I got it as I already had boards on my account.

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5.  You are now ready to add pins to your Brown Section.  Click on the left arrow until you get back to your main page and click on the + sign there.

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6.  You will now add a pin.  This can be from a photo on your phone, a copied link, or a website.  I think it is best to use a photo from your phone.  You will see the photos from your phone.  Click on the brown photo you want to add.  (note:  my brown is not in this screenshot as there was a selfie of me beside it and I didn’t want it on here, but you get the idea.  LOL)Photos from Phone

7.  Your brown photo will show up.  You will want to add a description of your photo at this point.  You will then Click on Choose Board.  You will Choose the Colors and then it will ask you to choose a Section.  You will choose Brown Board.  Then click Done.  Or you may be at the point where you have a photo pin to add that doesn’t have a color section.  At this point, you can choose that photo and choose Create a new Section and add your pin to it.  Bonus:  When you click on a Pin to view it, if you scroll to the bottom, Pinterest adds additional pins that relate to the pin you added.  Pretty cool!

 

8.  You can add a link now.  But to do that you have to edit your pin.  The spot for a link doesn’t show up when you are creating the pin.  So click edit and add the link you’d like visitors to go to.  Be sure to click Save.

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I have found a very cool link that I use with Instagram and other places that only allows you one link.  It is called linktr.ee  It is free and you can sign up through Instagram.  I add all my business links to it.  I found you can even copy a link of the Colors Board in Pinterest, so I added that, too.  Kind of a one stop shop of all my business links and a way to contact me.  It is perfect for Instagram.  Here’s mine:  https://linktr.ee/sharsumpaint 

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9.  You are now ready to add a new pin or see your color board.  Just go back to the main screen again and click on Colors to see all your Color Boards or click on the + sign to add a new pin.

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10.  Click on Colors and you will see all your Color Boards

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That’s it!  I hope you enjoy creating a Color Portfolio in Pinterest to showcase your work as much as I did.  If you create one, please share below!  I love looking at other artists’ painted projects.