Time Saver DIY Hack – a Mani/Pedi While Riding in Car From St. Louis to Chicago

Technically, you could call this a painting project. Painting nails. So I say this counts as an appropriate post for my blog. 😁

And if you’ve ever traveled the roads from Missouri through Illinois to get to the Chicago area, you know you need a distraction. Until you get to the wind turbines. I love seeing the wind turbines. I think they look so peaceful.

I was so busy getting ready to go on a trip after some marathon painting and delivering furniture and grandkids visiting, I didn’t have time to actually fit in a visit to the nail salon. And let’s face it. When you are a painter, salon manicures are pretty much a waste of time anyway.

But, I did think ahead so I brought along some nail supplies, planning on doing it in the car while my husband drove. I pretty much make him drive all the time when we go on trips. I learned early on if he was going to tell me step by step how to drive, then he might as well do it himself. Am I right? So, through the years that has freed me up to enjoy many things along the route… grading papers, reading, sleeping, working on the computer (love my hot spot -except when I forget to turn it off-?uh oh), and now setting up a portable nail salon.

First of all I must thank McDonalds. Without their donations, this would have been just another paint your nails in the car thing which would be no big deal. But McDonalds made this a game changer. 😂

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Important supplies:

* Used coffee cup from McDonalds (dry it with a napkin they provide)

* Drink carrier (who knew when we accepted McDonald’s offer of one that it would make the perfect salon tray)

* Handy dandy little knife found in the console. 🤷🏼‍♀️ An amazing assortment of items in there. I could take it on Let’s Make a Deal and come home a winner. Note: Be sure to get a lesson on how to close the knife. 🙄

* Those foam things for your toes because God knows its going to be hard enough as it is contorting your body in the front seat to get to them in the first place. You sure don’t want smudges.

* Car air conditioner turned on full blast

Car air conditioner vent works great for drying!

* And, of course nail polish

* First, cut down the coffee cup with the knife. Be careful because this is a dangerous little thing.

* Finally make a pit stop at a rest area before you begin because you don’t want to be interrupted.

*Arrange your supplies and you are all set!

That’s it! Enjoy this life hack you are sure to try again and again.

Warning: This is it on the pics. The actual contortions getting a salon perfect mani/pedi won’t be pretty. And neither will the finished pedicure. I may share the manicure. We will see.

Update: Ok….you get to see a bit of the mani. The hand may or may not have gotten a little bit of filtering.😉

Update: I know I wasn’t going to share any pedi pics (I truly hate seeing those myself) but this is too funny not to share. Turn the mode of the car air conditioner to the leg area and stick your feet under the dash. Perfect pedi drying!

Update: Last pedi pic, I promise. This is all you get to see…think Wilson on Home Improvement … when you only got to see the top of his face. Trust me, you’ll thank me that you are only seeing the top of my toes. But, those sparkles really finish the pedi off nicely. 🥳

Now, what can I do for 2 more hours traveling from Missouri to Chicago? Not as many cornfields to see due to flooding.

And I still can’t believe the luck of finding this knife tool! I’m sure it has a 1,001 more uses. 😂

Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-Style Paint is not Just for Painting Furniture, Decor & Shoes!

Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint is so versatile, you can even use it to create works of art. Jenny Pope of J’s Vinyl and Paint Boutiq is one of our retailers of Missouri Limestone Paint Company in St. James, Missouri. Jenny created all this beautiful artwork using the gorgeous colors of our paint. Jenny, these are just beautiful! You are so very talented!

Be sure to visit Jennie’s Page and stop by to see her and her shop when in St. James.


If you haven’t tried our paint yet, I encourage you to give it a try! We sell it in 6 area shops and online, too!


Here are just a few of the things other than furniture we’ve painted with our paint.

Rubbermaid Mailboxes – Coral Shovel:

French Doors – Round Bales, Gray Goose, and French Roast:

Time Out Chairs – Crepe Myrtle and January:

Fireplace – Winter Gloves:

Signs – Coal Shovel and Vinyl:

And yes….Shoes! Indigo Blue and Fabric softener!

The list goes on and on. So many possibilities, so little time!

From Coffee Bar to Buffet

We had the same table and chairs for years before we started painting and now have gone through several. We are now getting ready to change again.

This round table with 2 leaves and chairs we painted with our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint in Trading Post, Old Tin Barn, Sour Green Apple, and Crepe Myrtle and a mix of grays. We gave this set to one son and his family.

My coffee bar I repainted in a new gray we haven’t released yet and are calling MO Gray Stone. This is going to our other son and his family to match their farmhouse dining room table.

The farmhouse set in our dining room now is too big for the space so we will be giving it a makeover in the near future.

If you like the look of this set and would like us to customize it for you, just contact me for details and pricing.

But that means, I will need to be looking for a smaller set. 😁

Bringing a Garden Bench Back to Life!

This garden bench had good bones. It just needed some paint and the boards refreshed and I knew just the way to do it.

First of all – the paint. Our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint is perfect for the cast iron metal on this bench. It actually only took one coat of our gorgeous dark green color called “Evening Shade”. It also needed no sealer. Our chalk-style paint, when used on metals like this, cure naturally with the heat and the sun baking it in.

Yes, we ship!!! You can purchase all of our 45 colors in 16 oz. jars through our online distributor, Connie Mathews of Winston Home Designs.

The whole project took less than two hours, even when you have a cute little helper. 🙂

Next – the wood. The wood was in really good shape, just bleached out and dry. Wise Owl Salve in White Tea scent to the rescue! We don’t sell this product ourselves, but I love it and have used it to rehydrate wood and as a sealer on several projects. It comes in several wonderful scents! I purchase mine through a fellow painter in Massachusetts. I was fortunate to meet Sarah, of the Princess and the Peacock, while on a trip to visit my cousin, who lives about 30 minutes from her shop! I’ve linked her name to the Wise Owl Salve section of her online shop.

I tried to show in the photo below the difference the Salve makes in bringing the wood back to life!

The Salve is so easy to apply, then let it soak it, and buff. And Yes, you can use it on furniture left out in the weather, and we do have some weather here in Missouri. The bench may need a reapplication of wax down the road, but it only takes a few minutes so that isn’t a problem.

And that is all there was to it. This bench now looks almost brand new and holds a prominent spot in my front yard under the trees.

Teacher Desks – They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

I remember my teachers’ desks looking similar to this – minus the linoleum. Lol

It all started when my sister-in-law spotted this desk on the curb and called me to go look at it. So, we did.

Someone had turned this vintage teacher desk into a workbench, complete with a sheet of linoleum glued and tacked to the top.

We saw the potential in this piece of history, picked it up, and added it to our hoard….I mean collection….of pieces to lovingly paint someday.

As luck would have it, we were going to the open house of a retired teacher friend just minutes from then, so we just left it in the truck until later. This friend had built a new house and invited everyone over to see it. Her decorating skills are amazing and wouldn’t you know, there in her office was a desk almost identical to the one we still had in the truck! Minus the linoleum. Lol

Another retired teacher friend had been to the open house and had seen her desk, too. She told me later she would love to have one like that for her house they were in the process of remodeling. I laughed and told her we had picked up one almost exactly (lol) like it. Showed it to her and she said she wanted it at some point. I told her it wasn’t going anywhere, and so we waited until her house was finished.

And then the day came to get started. She wanted it painted and picked out the color in our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-style paint “Bourbon Street” with a little copper highlighting. Inside of the drawers will be painted with “French Roast”. The top will get at least four coats of Varathane water based Crystal Clear Satin Polyurethane. The rest will have Wise Owl White Tea Salve to seal. It was going to go in a large corner of her beautiful new kitchen and the pop of color and copper would work perfectly. She was thrilled to bring a little bit of teaching history into her home.

Products used:

The first thing to do was to find out if the original top was still on the desk under the linoleum. It was!!! And it was in good shape. The glue had long disappeared so the linoleum lifted right off. The top was veneer, though, so we opted to strip it rather than run the risk of sanding too much into the veneer. After many coats of Citristrip, we discovered some gorgeous detail.

It is wet with Mineral Spirit here after we cleaned it, but it shows off the beautiful detail. It still needed more Citristrip!

Top corner is dry, the rest wet from cleaning. Can you believe this beautiful grain was hidden under linoleum and years of yucky varnish.

Finished top of desk

We then sanded all the drawers, the writing inserts that pull out and the desk. It was ready for painting.

But wait!!! Oh my gosh! When I was cleaning all the sanding dust away, the panels that were on the inside and outside of the desk, including the back, showed this gorgeous grain when wet with our cleaning mixture of 50/50 vinegar and water. Upon closer inspection they were all 1/4″ solid wood panels. Forget painting the inserts. These were getting stained!

Just Wow!

One of the drawer handles had a chunk out of it, so we repaired it with JB Weld KwikWood. This is awesome stuff. Even I had to look closely and search for the repair after I put the drawers back in when finished.

Painting finished, drawers back in place and we are ready for the final reveal.

But….there is one mystery I can’t figure out. Behind the center drawer, there is a shelf. Seems to serve no purpose, but I realized I needed to paint it as you can vaguely see the edge of it from the back. It almost seems like it is a hidden shelf put there on purpose. The center drawer locks. Could it be that the teacher, at the end of the day, takes out the drawer, hides the gradebook, and then replaces and locks the drawer? If the desk was broken into, the gradebook would be safe? 🧐🤷🏼‍♀️ Inquiring minds want to know. I have done a bit of research but can’t find anything. My son thinks it isn’t a shelf at all, but a support board. I like to imagine otherwise. Lol

By the way, isn’t it cool the back of the desk is finished, too? But think about it. This is the view of the teacher’s desk students usually see. They need to look at a finished piece of furniture, right?

Now, for the final reveal! I will add a photo of this vintage teacher desk in the home of my retired teacher friend just as soon as it is delivered. As a retired teacher myself, this one was hard to let go.

As promised, here is the desk in its new home. Have you ever seen a more perfect setting??

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.