May 16, 2016 Make & Take It Class

We had a great time at our May 16th class.  It was even a mini reunion with two of my fellow high school graduates attending.  It was a lot of fun, especially when I flicked paint on several unsuspecting observers. Oops. Thanks so much to all who participated! Your projects are going to look great and I can’t wait to see pics of them on display. You all picked some beautiful colors. We even had one project using the crackle distressing technique.The class was held at Gift Emporium and Cafe‘ in Sullivan. Class started with learning painting, distressing, waxing, and sealing tips, then participants talked, ate, laughed, and enjoyed seeing each other’s projects and all the colors of paint being used.

Interested in learning more about chalk-based paint and tips on applying it and the best way to seal it?  These people and others who have taken the class will tell you it really isn’t hard to do and the transformation is amazing!  To learn more about our classes, which are usually kept to 6-8 participants, visit SharSum Paint’s Painting Class page.

Update:  Our June 20, 2016 class is now full, but we are now enrolling for our July 11th  class.  See our Painting Class page link above for more details on our classes.

Projects are Endless, Using Chalk-based Paint

My chalk-based paint of choice is Missouri Limestone Company because, as you know by now if you’ve been reading my blog, I love it so much I’m now selling it locally!  So, when I see an idea using chalk-based paint, I just substitute with my MLP!

As I’ve said before, the projects are endless when using chalk-based paint! I was just checking facebook before leaving to get my plant at Lowe’s for my newly painted plant stand and saw this idea. Well, yes! Missouri Limestone chalk-based paint would be perfect on concrete pavers.…/g10…/decorative-paint-ideas/…

My project for last night was to paint my wrought iron plant stand. There was no rust flaking off, so I cleaned this old thing up then gave it one coat of Missouri Limestone Paint’s “Homemade Ice Cream”. It now matches my newly painted front door. I know exactly what plant I’m going to buy for it in the morning at Lowe’s. 😍 I have plans now for my wrought iron set.

Update:  Here’s a photo of my new look for the front of my house.  The wrought iron furniture is painted and the set turned out great!


For even more projects using chalk-based paint, be sure to follow my board Chalk Paint Projects for inspiration as I’m always adding new project ideas there.

How to Create a Chippy and Crackled Look with Chalk-Based Paint

Chip and Crackle techniques

Chip and Crackle techniques

I’ve been painting for a few years now with chalk-based paint.  I’ve tried out various techniques for changing the look with different types of distressing, but hadn’t done anything with creating the look of old chipped paint or a crackle finish……until now.

Let me say that both of these techniques are easy to do and inexpensive.  You don’t have to buy extra expensive products to make this happen!  To create both these looks you only need, chalk-based paint (in my case because I love it so much I sell it, Missouri Limestone Chalk-based paint) a candle, some painter’s tape (or duct tape but I like the effect of the painter’s tape better) some good old Elmer’s school glue (yes – Elmer’s glue – any kind works I’m told), a hair dryer, and your topcoat of choice.

The steps to creating these looks are easy-peasy, but I like visual step-by-step tutorials and videos, too, and so I will not only give you the step by step directions I used, I will provide the links to the visuals I used also.  If you don’t follow the videos of Debi’s Design Dairy you should.  She is very informative, easy to follow, and is just plain silly!

First of all, here’s a closer look at my completed practice pieces.  I will explain below how you can get this look, too.

chip and crackle paint

The sample on the left shows the chippy look and the one on the right is the crackle.

So, how did I do this?

Chippy Look:

Here’s the link for the visual step-by-step tutorial I used for those who like visual directions, followed by my step-by-step.  That’s the teacher in me…don’t reinvent the wheel and address various learning styles to reach all students.  : )

  1.  I painted my sample board with Missouri Limestone Company’s chalk-based paint using “Trading Post”.
  2. I let that dry then rubbed it all over with a candle…yep….a regular old candle.  Cover the board really well.  I brushed off any loose pieces of wax.
  3. Then I painted over it with the color “January”.  I only used one coat on this, but I think for a thicker, chippy look, two or three coats will give it more depth.  I used a hair dryer to speed up the drying time.
  4. Are you ready for the final step before adding the topcoat?  This was my favorite part.  The directions said to use duct tape, but I didn’t know where that was at the moment, so I just used the blue painter’s tape.  I tore off a piece and placed it on the board (I went in only one direction each time I did this), pressed it down and then ripped it off!  Yep, that’s how to create that chippy look.  Isn’t that too cool.  They said to use a new piece of tape each time, but you con’t have to.  Also, I do think duct tape is the better choice, as it would have more pulling power and with thicker paint, would pull off more for more chippiness (I believe that might be my made-up word).  Ripping that tape off that board was so much fun for some reason.  : )
  5. Final step – be sure to seal your project with your favorite topcoat.  In this case, I waxed it.  I love this look!

Crackle Look:

Here’s Debi’s Design Diary video I used for this look, followed by my step-by-step.

  1.  In the video, she uses another brand of chalk-based paint, but I use Missouri Limestone Company’s chalk-based paint.  Why?  Because I love it and sell it.  : )
  2.  I painted my board with the color “Radio Flyer” and let it dry.  You can use the hair dryer here to speed things up.  I did….I can’t wait when trying something new.
  3.  Then, following Debi’s directions, I put a coat of Elmer’s glue all over (I used Elmer’s school glue, but she says any type of glue will work, even the Dollar Store brands).  I got it thicker in some areas and thinner in others, and maybe didn’t even cover some of it.  Just play around with it.  I let it sit for a few minutes to make it tacky, but not dry. Debi recommends working in small sections on bigger pieces and making sure you don’t drip glue all over the rest of your project.  Have a rag handy to wipe off drips.
  4. The I painted a coat of the color “Zinc” on top, going in one direction only and not going back over.  That is very important.  If you go over it again, it will not crackle and it will smudge.
  5. Using a blow dryer on it at this point will speed up the drying process and help it crack even more.  Plus, it is fun to watch the magic happening.
  6. Final step – use your topcoat of choice.  I waxed mine and love the look!

Now, my most pressing questions – what will I paint, what colors will I use, and which effect will I try?  I have the answer to one of those….I’m going to try the crackle look on my next project.  Wish me luck!


An “Antiqued” table from the 1960’s Gets a Make Over

A few weeks ago, I talked about antiquing kits from the 1960’s.  The little table I was to paint for a friend had been “antiqued” by her grandmother and now I was giving it a new life for the  HER granddaughter’s newly painted room.  Love the passing down of a treasured heirloom.

I thought I’d post before and after pics.  I think it turned out pretty well.  I painted a mirror for her, too, and I think her granddaughter is going to use it as a little vanity.  I hope my friend sends a pic of them in their new home.  : )

It makes me so happy to make others happy.  This is my favorite part of what we are doing in our retirement years; refurbishing, painting, and selling with chalk-based paint.


Essential Oil Tip for Refinishing Drawers

As I was finishing up my “Ombre” desk set re-do, I thought about my collection of essential oils.The drawers of the desk were in very good shape and had no odor whatsover. However, I’m into essential oils and I have an oil from Young Living called Cedarwood. I decided I would wipe down the drawers with a mixture of water and about 10 drops of Cedarwood. I thought that might be a perfect scent for a wooden drawer, right? It smelled so good, I put a little oil on q-tips and put one in each drawer for awhile. I love opening the drawers and getting a faint whiff of Cedarwood. You might try a favorite scent in the drawers of something you are working on or purchased.  Another tip…..if your drawers do have an odor, paint or spray a coat or two of Zinsser water-based shellac to seal in odors such as smoke or a musty smell.  These odors won’t penetrate through the shellac.  This works on stains, too.

Q-tip dipped in essential oil and placed in drawer for a short time.

Q-tip dipped in essential oil and placed in drawer for a short time.


A Desk Gets a New Life and a New Home

One of the things I absolutely love about our Missouri Limestone Company’s chalk-based paint (besides how easy it is to use) is the look of the final project.  I recently found an older solid wood desk from a company called American Drew.  I had never heard of this company, but looked it up and they make quality furniture.

I decided I wanted to make an “Ombre'” desk, using different shaded of gray.  So I painted the base of the desk with Missouri Limestone Paint’s “January” (white) then gave it a wash of “Winter Gloves” (light gray).  I painted the top and the bottom drawer “Gray Goose” (dark gray), the little band around the top and the two top drawers with “Winter Gloves”, and the middle drawer “Sunday Silver” (medium gray).  I love the color names!  Click here for a neat trick using essential oils in drawers!

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I also had a nice solid yard sale chair that had been painted black so I painted right over the black using the same “Ombre'” color scheme.  I recovered the chair seat with a piece of laminated fabric I bought at Hobby Lobby.

The final touch was an old brass-plated desk lamp I bought at another yard sale and painted it with “Indigo” (navy blue).

I sealed the whole set with 3 coats of my favorite topcoat Varathane Crystal Clear Water-based Polyurethane after my research found this recommendation.  I purchased it on Amazon and at Menards. because I could not find it locally.

The “Ombré” desk, chair, and lamp are in their new home. The 9 year old owner is said to be very excited. I love making people happy with our paint and projects.

Ombre Desk in it's new home - 9 year old owner is said to be very excited. : )

Ombre Desk in its new home – 9 year old owner is said to be very excited. : )