Paint the frames on your French Doors? Why not?

Our friends had a major makeover on their home. Every bit of trim in the home was replaced and stained a beautiful rustic shade from Varathane called BriarSmoke.

Unfortunately, the frames of their French doors were that orangey looking faux oak. They now stood out like a sore thumb. They didn’t want to buy new doors, so they asked me if they could be painted.

I knew that type of door could as I had painted them before. I also was confident that our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (MLPC) could be blended to match pretty closely.

Materials used:

* Base color – Round Bales (MLPC)

* Blending colors – French Roast and Gray Goose, and a little more Round Bales. (MLPC)

* Water

* Several size brushes including a flat artist brush I used for blending

But first things first – I did a sample board. Even I was impressed how closely it matched!

I did forget to take pics, but hope I can explain the technique I used. First of all, my friend had cleaned the door well and even taped off the glass for me.

After painting just one coat of Round Bales on the doors, I was ready to blend. I didn’t need full coverage, as I would be blending other colors with it.

1. I put French Roast on a 1″ chippy brush and painted some random stripes on a small section.

2. I took the flat 1″ artist brush, dipped it in water and blotted it on paper town and blended those stripes, sometimes leaving a little of the round bales showing.

3. I used the same Round Bales brush (sometimes adding a touch more paint) and blended it with the French Roast.

4. I continued blending and adding both paints until I got the look I wanted.

5. I then randomly painted just a few dabs of Gray Goose and blended it in with the Round Bales.

The result was very close to the trim and after drying overnight almost spot on!

That’s it! These French doors now look like all the other doors in the house, match the trim, and saved my friends from having to buy new doors. Pardon the shadow on the lower left door.

A Painted Desk Chair

Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint … Sour Green Apples … a wash of January … champagne glaze ….sealed with Varathane Polyurethane.

My friend came to visit and brought a chair Lol. So in between jobs for my kids, we painted her chair. Can’t wait to see it in place in her house.

An Outdated Red Brick Fireplace Gets an Amazing Transformation

Our son and daughter-in-law wanted to update their family room and asked us to help paint the walls and wainscoting and use our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style paint to update their outdated red brick fireplace.

The walls were painted with Valspar “Tempered Gray” and the wainscoting and trim with “Snowcap White”.

I mixed Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint “Winter Gloves” 50/50 with water. I found using a sponge brush didn’t make much of a mess. Working in sections, I brushed the mix on, then wiped it with a rag. I then lightly brushed it again (without dipping the brush). I used a different brush to smooth it out and blend it. This was a big fireplace so it took awhile, but still less than a day.

We didn’t quite get all the wainscoting finished, but the fireplace is stunning!

At least they won’t have too much more to do to finish up and have a beautiful new room!

Here’s the color scheme for the room:

Walls: Valspar Tempered Gray and Snowcap White

Floor: Vinyl floating floor from Menards

We finished all the walls, but this is as far as we got on the wainscoting, but the room is going to be beautiful. I can’t wait to see it all completed!

A Bed Spring Test Tube Vase

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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!

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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!

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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

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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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