A Bed Spring Test Tube Vase

FOR SALE: $9 -Several are available. Each one is unique.

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A rusty bedspring has been attached to a 4″x4″ square of reclaimed lumber which has been sealed with poly to seal the chippy paint colors. We have also added a test tube. Fill with water and cuttings from your yard for a beautiful decor item in your home. Or give it as a gift to someone that loves the rustic farmhouse look.

This one is filled with Missouri Lilac, Dogwood, and Redbud blooms. So pretty!

Shop Online: Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint

We have owned a franchise for this company since 2015, selling locally and painting furniture and home decor. In March 2019 we purchased the company and are producing the same quality product ourselves!

We now have the opportunity to sell our quality paint with 45 gorgeous colors through our online distributor, Connie Mathews of Winston Home Designs!

Visit the Online Shop to view all our gorgeous colors and take advantage of Connie’s first time order discount!

A DIY Theater Stage for a Toy Room

It seems our 6 year old grandson was tired of getting in trouble when using a little table in the toy room as a makeshift stage so he asked us to make him one for his performances.

He was very specific on what he wanted. He needed a big stage, curtains for the sides and front and the background should be clouds.

We were at his house visiting so we told him we’d see what we could do.

It just so happened the neighbors were throwing out some pallets and an idea was born.

First, the stage. We used two pallets that were about 36 1/2 x43 inches. We added legs from the third pallet to give the stage a little height.

Adding legs

Stain was Varathane Dark Walnut Stain and Poly. It was $15 but we didn’t factor that into the cost as it took very little to paint on 2 coats and we use this all the time in our business anyway.

We bought PVC pipe and connectors to create a frame around the stage, which was now approximately 43″ x 73″. The cost was approximately $40. We wired the frame to the ceiling. The two sheets of 3/4″ chipboard was approximately $10.

Of course, PopPop’s buddy had to help.

Curtain time:

Goodwill: I found a set of curtains for the front and a king size sheet (I cut it in half) for the sides. Ben requested clouds for the background and I actually found a sheet there with clouds. He hugged the sheet when he saw it. I had to cut two sections to make the sky go across the back. I used iron on fusing for the hems and the casing on the background. I also found two kid guitars there. The price for all of that was approximately $19.

Dollar Tree: No stage would be complete without spotlights so bought 4 led battery stick on lights and batteries. $6

The theater ended up being an early birthday present as it cost around $75. But it will be hours of fun for him, his brother, and friends.

We had to go home before he and his brother got to see it but his mom sent videos of them and friends enjoying it. I compiled them into one video. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

A Gossip/Telephone/Device Bench

For Sale: $125

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Meet Ernestine…”one ringy dingy”…. named in honor of the iconic American telephone operator.

A table, a chair, and a new invention called a telephone – it wouldn’t be long before someone came up with the idea to combine all three. This became known as the Gossip (sometimes Telephone) Bench and callers could settle in and talk on the phone for hours.

Today’s bench is much more versatile. This beautiful bench with its gorgeous stained wood top and painted in the French Country/Farmhouse/Cottage style would be perfect in an entry way or as a useful piece of decor in many areas of your home. Click here to see the transformation of this bench.

Who knows? Kids may just turn it into a “Device” Bench.


30 1/2” W

15” D

30” H to highest point of back

17 1/2” to top of seat

27” to top of table.

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A Vintage Games Table Restored – Could it be Federal?

FOR SALE: $300

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We produce and sell our brand of chalk-style paint called Missouri Limestone Paint Company. We paint furniture, among other things, like jewelry boxes and shoes and small decor, but sometimes we don’t paint.

Our latest project we lovingly brought back its original glory. It came to us in very good condition structurally and physically everywhere except on the top and the flip top. Someone, sometime, somewhere spilled something on it and it took off the finish in several areas. There was also a water spot.

We wanted to preserve this piece, so we went to our go to product – Howard Restor-A-Finish. We do not sell this product but love it for restoration projects like this. We do sell their Chalk-tique line of wax for our painted pieces as we love the type of waxes in this product which includes carnuba wax which produces a hard finish, the ease of applying and buffing it. Although packaged as a wax for chalk-style painted furniture, the Chalk-tique dark wax worked as a beautiful finish on this piece.

We have done some research and have found similar pieces online ranging from $300 – $10,000. Wouldn’t the high end be nice? Lol. But seriously, we would love to identify it so we can find a value and offer it to a collector who would appreciate the beauty, quality, age, character, and practical use of this beautiful piece of furniture. We am not sure, but believe the detail is inlaid, not painted. And yes, it has a few flaws, but the character flaws are just a part of its history.

Update: I have narrowed this piece down, due to the fact the screws have been identified as machine made in the 20th century, as a high quality 20th century reproduction, possibly the Federal style, but still a valuable piece.

As pictures say a thousand words, we will let pictures tell this story. View the photos below and then click on the blog link below them to see a blog post by Kevin Lee Jacobs “Antique Game Tables and Why I Love Them!”

Comparing before and after:

Kevin Lee Jacob’s Blog Post “Antique Game Tables and Why I Love Them”

Exciting News! We are now the proud owners of Missouri Limestone Paint Company!!

We are Sharon and Danny Sumner. facebookcoverpost_03_18_19 We own a company called SharSum TEK, LLC, dba SharSum Paint (established 2015) and as of March, 2019, we purchased Mussouri Limestone Paint Company from founders Scottie Snider and Randy Woods.  We will continue dba Missouri Limestone Paint Company which produces a chalk-style paint as well.

The name SharSum (Share Some) is a play on words using Sharon Sumner’s name. Sharon is an educator, retired from the public school system and still teaching online classes for an area university. Throughout her career she loved “sharing some” Technology, Education, and Knowledge …..and has now carried that over into the field of chalk-style painting. She still loves learning, researching and sharing what she has learned about painting furniture and the techniques involved then sharing some of that knowledge through this Facebook page, painting groups, the blog on SharSum Paint’s website https;//sharsumpaint.com, and teaching classes, sharing her knowledge, on chalk-style painting. Sharon’s husband, Danny, is fully involved as well with several areas of the business including preparation, sanding, painting, finishing, teaching classes, accounting, creating, and most of all……heavy lifting!

SharSum Paint does not have a store front. We do, however, sell Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint along with Howard’s Chalk-tique light and dark waxes and Varathane water-based polyurethane in four area Missouri stores for the chalk-style enthusiasts’ convenience. It is also available in an Antique Mall in Arkansas.  We are proud to announce our paint will soon be available online as well.

Why did we decide to use and sell Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint when there are other chalk-style paints to consider?

1. It is a Missouri based company.

2. Pricing – reasonable prices for quality paint

3. A wide variety of color choices

4. A quality chalk-style paint is available locally – and now, since purchasing the company, we will be offering a shipping option so everyone can experience this quality paint.

Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint is available in the following locations at this time:

*Gift Emporium & CAFE’  – 228 South Highway 185 – Sullivan, MO  63080
*Half-Crocked Antiques – 75 Highway C – Bourbon, MO 65441
*Spirals Art Gallery & Studio– 100 Madison – Cuba MO  65453
*Midwest Trading Post – 411 Market Street, Hermann, MO 65041
*Down Home Creations – Nat’s-Niques Booth -108 E. Stephenson Ave., Harrison Arkansas 72601
Visit our website for more details on locations and pricing: https://sharsumpaint.com/locations-for-purchasing-paint/
Visit our website to view our Color Choices: https://sharsumpaint.com/paint-color-chart/
Feel free to contact SharSum Paint: sharsumpaint@gmail.com, message us on Facebook, or text us at (six three six-388-3690) for more information on locations for purchasing paint, details on classes, custom painting, or just any questions you may have. We would happily “SharSum” information with you.
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Our Colors Board on Pinterest showcases our painted projects: goo.gl/onK5SD
Contact us today for a free quote if you’d like us to paint one of your pieces or a piece we may have in inventory. Thanks!

An Experiment with Sunnyscopa Film-Free Waterslide Laser Decal Paper Type A

I have tried Sunnyscopa’s laser decal waterslide paper for laser printers with film before and like it very much. In fact, I used it on my latest jewelry box and the images are beautiful!

So, I was curious what the film-free was like. With the film-free you remove the film and are left with only the ink.

I must say, my experiment worked beautifully.

These are pretty much the materials I used in my experiment. I did also have a bottle of alcohol ready for cleaning any left over glue.

The film-free laser paper comes with a small bottle of glue. I also wanted to see how it would work if I used Varathane water-based Polyurethane instead of glue.

Both methods worked well, but I think the method of using the glue that comes in the package won out. The alcohol did an awesome job of cleaning up the left over glue. I’m not sure what kind of glue it is, but it is not gooey at all. It was actually rather thin and painted on easily.

The Type A paper needs to be heat set either with a hair dryer, a microwave, or the oven. That was fine with me. I use a hair dryer a lot to speed up the drying process and it worked fine in my experiment. I used a board I had painted, glazed and had sealed with poly just as I would have on a jewelry box or piece of furniture.

The first thing I did was print out just a paper copy to make sure I had my sizes right and that I printed a reverse image as with this process the printed side goes face down. Then I printed my image on the glossy side of the paper.

I then followed the directions on the package.

1. I cut out my image to transfer leaving a little margin so I could peel away the film later.

2. I then soaked the cut out in warm water for 5 seconds, took it out and let it sit for 60 seconds.

3. While it was sitting for 60 seconds I painted a layer of glue on the area I wanted the transfer to go. I learned that next time I should apply it a little heavier than I did on this one.

4. Then I turned the transfer over and put it where I wanted on my board and slid it off. I started drying it right away, first with cool heat and then high heat, pressing down any bubbles that formed. I heat set it for about 3 minutes.

You can see the film is still on it in the above pic. I then peeled away the film. You can see the start of the peel in the photo below.

At this point, you could see a little glue residue.

Using a soft cloth dipped in the alcohol and dabbing the area, the glue came right off. The ink was not affected.

And there you have it! A beautiful transfer of ink onto a painted, glazed, and sealed board. I added a couple of coats of poly over it to seal it in.


Next, I used the water-based Polyurethane method and it worked well, too. If I run out of glue, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it. Again, I would be a little more generous when applying it.

I did apply it in the same way as above.

I did find out that the film was a little harder to remove and you could see the outline of the film a little even after it was removed.

After a couple of coats more to seal, you could no longer see it.

This will be a transfer method I will use again. I am very pleased with the results.