I have been cranking out a few crafts for our booths. It’s been so nice crafting in my clean craft area.
These are just a few things of my favorite things…..
I have been cranking out a few crafts for our booths. It’s been so nice crafting in my clean craft area.
These are just a few things of my favorite things…..
I’ve been busy creating Fall decor, both for my booth and for me.
Lady night, while watching TV, I made my first gnome of the season. I saw this idea of creating a tassel gnome on Pinterest and couldn’t wait to make one. I am so going to make some for my booth. They will make such cute ornaments!
But then, I had to create a pumpkin for him to hang on. My Dollar Tree finally got in some of the bead stickers so I added some to a DT orange styrofoam pumpkin and painted it with my new custom color. It is a 50/50 mix of our Missouri Limestone Paint Company Chalk-style paint “Evening Shade” and our newest color “Soothing Sage.”
I only gave it one coat as I wanted some of the orange poking through. I also dry brushed a tiny bit of “Soothing Sage”. I added a small round doily And look at that stem! Yes, it is a decorative hook.
Here’s the link for the tutorial I used to make the twine gnome ornament.
Here’s a few more of my favorite fall projects I’ve completed this year.
Today is September 30th and it is a beautiful Fall day in Missouri ….. the perfect day to make a Halloween decoration for my Halloween Deck Display “Tree”. See my summer garden and fall displays below.
I used our Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint (colors: Crisp Kale, Coal Shovel, January, and Harvest Pumpkin) and Sharpie oil paint pens. I had to have an inspiration piece to look at or I wouldn’t have been able to draw the faces. This is the inspiration photo I saw that was posted by https://www.facebook.com/ReScapedotcom/ I found the artist and they are for sale on Etsy for $74.95. https://pin.it/7DjaZfV
I used the photo above to help guide me when drawing the faces on mine below. FYI – if I can do this anyone can. We sell our paint in 2 oz ($3.99) containers that are perfect for projects like this as well as other sizes. Message me if interested in a porch pickup of paint. We can also ship.
And now here is my Halloween Deck Display “Tree”.
I’ve been seeing the Dollar Tree Felt Pumpkins, Leaves, and Acorns used as stencils on the Dollar Tree gray door mats. This morning, I used the leaf one to create this beautiful door mat. You can do it, too!
These are the materials I used. I used our paint brand we own and produce, Missouri Limestone Paint Company chalk-style paint: Grannies Lace, Old Tin Barn, Bordeaux, English Ivy, and Possum Grape Jam. However, any brand and type of paint should do fine.
I used the side that was more ribbed. On my next one I will use the flatter side. This mat really soaks up the paint. This is the first coat. I eventually did two coats and then a little more to cover well the area that will be under the leaf stencil. The rest can have a more dry brush look.
I then placed the stencil on the mat and just started pounding the Old Tin Barn color on the spines and all around the leaf. You don’t have to do the whole thing at this point. I just did around the leaf area then removed the leaf stencil.
I then continued pouncing the Old Tin Barn color all around.
Using the same brush, without washing it out, I pounced the Bordeaux color on randomly over the Old Tin Barn, trying to blend it a bit.
Using the same brush again, I pounced on randomly the English Ivy color.
Using the same process, I added a bit of Possum Grape Jam color.
This photo shows all the different colors, much like you would see in nature in the fall.
The last step is to take the mat outside and give it a couple coats of the SPAR Urethane waterbased exterior sealer. It says it is gloss, but doesn’t show up gloss on the mat. I don’t think, once chalk-style paint cures for 30 days, a sealer is really needed, but in the meantime I think it just helps protect it a little.
And there it is! A beautiful Fall door mat. The pumpkin and acorn would also look nice.
And here’s my acorn one. I’m keeping this one. It’s pretty appropriate since we have a ton of oak trees (not to mention leaves) in our yard.
I’m not sure why but I suspect that besides finding all kinds of cute ideas I have to try, and the fact I recently ordered 24 pumpkin wreath forms from Dollar Tree and have been searching for ideas on how to use them and get side tracked with more cute ideas to try, I find it takes my mind off the news for awhile.
So today, I’m just going to share pics of some of the things I’ve been crafting and painting lately, since July. Trust me, almost everything I have done here is not original. I saw it somewhere and thought, “I (meaning me and sometimes Danny, my other half) can do that!”
There are over 50 here and I probably even missed a few, so I made them into a gallery. But I am sure I have them on my Instagram page and my Facebook page, so if you are curious to see a larger version, and sometimes how I created projects , you can go to:
So now, sit back and get inspired.
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.
I just can’t keep myself from picking up a paintbrush before Christmas. Last week, my childhood friend came to visit for a week (I’m fond of saying my best friend since 4th grade). She was the one who introduced me to chalk paint in the first place. Now, she wanted to see me paint the Winthrop Style Secretary (Lammert’s Furniture in St. Louis – possibly around 1940’s) that had been sitting in my hallway for months. I had purchased it at a resale shop and just hadn’t been able to decide how I wanted to paint it. It did need painting on the outside and some work done on the drawers and pull down. But the inside was really in pretty good shape and I wanted to leave it original if I could. So, what color would go with the wood and would be a neutral color that would fit in with just about any decor?
With my friend Cindy’s help, we decided on a new color I had asked Missouri Limestone Paint Company to mix. I wanted a linen color and they came up with exactly what I had in mind…and named it “Vintage Linen”. It is a gorgeous color and looks beautiful next to the wood on the Secretary. I also made a glaze with French Roast and lightly glazed the feet and the finial and area around it.
We decided to paint it right in the hallway, so we put down some plastic and got started. Since the lighting there wasn’t the greatest and it was a small space to work in, she was my assistant and held a flashlight and was quick to let me know if I missed a spot. : )
I really become attached to pieces once I’ve painted them, and this piece was one that really makes me want to keep it, especially since it does fit in my living room nicely and blends in with my decor. Once I decorated it with my snowman collection, I really fell in love. I do have it for sale for $250.00, however, I’m perfectly happy if it doesn’t sell. : )
Now for some pics!
Even though the inside was in good condition, there were several spots and scratches. My magic stain/sealer by Varathane (water-based) took care of that and restored the beautiful wood finish. It also refreshed the wood on the doors and the fretwork.
I think this one might be one that stays!
Update: I didn’t have time to get too attached as it sold quickly. : )
You can create a barn wood like look on a table top using Missouri Limestone Company chalk-based paint and a stain_sealer. I have a step-by-step tutorial here to show you how!
For previous TIP OF THE WEEK click here.
The tip of the week is a little late thanks to Thanksgiving holidays. One of my sons and his two sons ages 4 and 17 months came to visit the week before Thanksgiving so need I say more.
My tip of the week for the Thanksgiving holidays shows you how I created a barn wood look on a table top. Plus I get to share the final results of the farm table set. This is one of those projects I sure wished I had #1 – a garage to work in and #2 – that my dining room was big enough for me to keep it. I posted pics of the progress and that generated so much interest, I sold it the day I finished it, so others liked it, too.
I did manage to get some time in to finish the huge farm table set I started (hoping to finish before Thanksgiving) the day after so that wasn’t too bad. It took a couple of mornings getting up at 4:30 am to work on it before the little ones were up. I really needed to get it out of the basement before everyone got here so we could get to the bed. I was thinking we might have to sleep on it. It sure was big enough. LOL
TIP OF THE WEEK
How to create a barn wood look with paint and Varathane’swater-based stain and sealer (I call this my magic stain). I love it! I debated about keeping this as my secret weapon, but I can’t do that. I’m an educator and I just have to share what I have learned myself. Hence the name of our paint company….SharSum Paint, a play of words based on my name Sharon Sumner (Share Some – get it?)
But first, some before pics of the table and chairs.
The table and chairs were basically in pretty good shape. We had to do some repair on some of the veneer under the table top and on the leaves and had to put the sliding mechanism back together, but this was a good sturdy set.
TIP #1: Creating a barnwood type look on a table top. I really didn’t know how this was going to turn out, so I did a practice piece and then decided to just go with it. I really do love how it turned out and it is all due to my magic stain/sealer technique.
First, I gathered my supplies. I used Missouri Limestone Paint Company’s chalk-based paint. I needed Grannie’s Lace (an off white) Sunday Silver (a medium gray), French Roast (a dark brown) and Varathane water-based stain and sealer in Dark Walnut.
I painted the leaves and table first with the French Roast. The pic shows a finished sample.
Next, I used Grannie’s Lace and dry-brushed over the French Roast. Then, just a little of the Sunday Silver dry-brushed, and even less of French Roast again. I then did a light wash of Grannie’s Lace. I took dry paper towel and just started rubbing that wash in. Sometimes I rubbed down to the French Roast and sometimes even harder down to the original finish. The picture below shows the dry brushing. UPDATE: I did another table top after this (see pics at bottom of post). I didn’t bother using the paper towel and rubbing it in. Instead, I did a dry brush technique on the other colors (adding just a bit of water – not much) and tried to keep the brushing as straight as possible.) It turned out as nice, if not better, with much less work.
The magic comes when I add the Varathane water-based stain and sealer. I used Dark Walnut. It somehow just blends everything all together and seals it at the same time. You can see the white wash on the picture below.
The more coats you put on, the darker it becomes. I used 3 coats on this table and leaves. I very lightly sanded in between coats. The result was a very smooth finish. The sealer has a little shinier finish than I like, though, plus I always want to have a really durable surface on a table, so I added two coats of Varathane water-based satin polyurethane, which toned down the shine. Every single time I would walk past the table top, I just had to admire it and feel the smoothness. : )
So, there’s your tip of the week. And now for the finished farm set. By the way, we made a bench for this table out of 3 complimentary chairs. Check it out on a previous tip of the week.The lady buying the set loved the bench. She has two little ones and one on the way and she said she was worried about the benches with no backs and afraid the kids would turn them over too easily. She loved how heavy and sturdy the chair bench was.
The 2nd table top I did is pictured below.
SharSum Paint will be a vendor at the Vintage Artisan Fair in Eureka, MO on October 1, 2016. We will be demonstrating Missouri Limestone Paint and will (hopefully) personally have quite a few painted and vintage items for sale! Our niece, Elizabeth, has been busy painting with our Missouri Limestone Company’s chalk-based paint, too, and we will have her items for sale also.
We worked on furniture repairs and painted outside all day yesterday. It was so nice outside! Here’s a sneak peek at an end table I’m working on for the fair. It will have an oval one to match. They will be available at the fair, if I don’t break down and sell them before. Shabby chic distress. Missouri Limestone Paint Company “Winter Gloves” dry brushed over the solid oak table. Drawers are painted with “Winter Gloves” then a coat of “Front Porch”. Distressed with steel wool to produce gray shading. Finished with Briwax. Waiting for painted hardware to dry. Ready to start the oval one to match. But not today.
Here’s a few more items we plan on bringing (if they don’t sell first!
My Shabby Chic Desk/Hutch has been one of my favorite projects so far using our Missouri Limestone Company’s Chalk-based paint. I personally paint furniture to sell with this paint we distribute through our SharSum Paint company and really fall in love with some of the things I paint.
You can read through the transformation below, or if you are in a hurry and want to come back to this wonderful piece of writing later, just scroll to the bottom to see this Shabby Chic Desk/Hutch Set in all its glory!
I really, really would love to keep this one but just don’t have the room in my house. As of now, it is for sale. Like it? Pay my too low asking price of $215 and the shipping charges (which would probably be astronomical) and it’s yours! : ) I’ve often wondered how individuals on sites like ebay and etsy ship huge pieces of furniture. I can just see me wrapping this up in brown paper and taking it to our local hardware store for UPS pickup.
Seriously, I do have it for sale on Facebook’s Marketplace. If you are looking for projects to paint or have something to sell, this is a great place to do it. Marketplace somehow finds all the swap sites on Facebook (according to your desired location setting) and puts them in one place . You don’t even have to a member of those sites. I have bought and sold several things through Marketplace. I love this service! P.S. I just noticed this set has been viewed by 509 people in the last two days. Wow!
But first, the history of the desk/hutch. I found this set on one of the swap sites. It sat smack dab in my living room for months! As you can see a floor lamp is on the desk at this point. I would look at that huge hutch and think, “How am I ever going to paint those little letter cubby areas” and then get overwhelmed with how huge a project like this would be.
I couldn’t think what I wanted to do with it, so I finally sold it to my friend, Michelle, who carries our paint in her store and paints projects right along with me. We call ourselves Lucy and Ethel. Funny thing, that’s not the first time a friend and I have had those nicknames and I always seem to be Lucy. Hmmmm.
But then…..a previous customer who had bought a desk from me earlier for one of her daughters contacted me and wanted me to find and paint another for another daughter. Sure! No problem. I knew just the desk. It even looked somewhat like the one she bought earlier. She probably wouldn’t want the hutch, but I sent a quick text to Michelle to see if she still had it in her stash and back it came. Only catch was, I had to take the hutch back, too! I sometimes feel we spend more time shuffling furniture around than actually painting. 🙂 So then it was back in the living room again.
Now, to find inspiration for the desk. I started searching and came upon this awesome blog. Would you believe this lady had the same exact desk I had? Not only was it painted with an absolutely beautiful shabby chic look, she even had a tutorial on how she did it!! Her blog is called “How to Nest for Less” and her desk tutorial can be found here. Thank you, thank you, Erin!
Erin’s painting idea was genius! Dry brush distress right over the desk as it is. I painted the desk first and realized that it just had to have the hutch. However, both pieces would be way too big for this little girl’s room. I happened to have just finished another smaller desk/hutch in a blush pink and suggested this one instead to the customer. She loved it for her daughter! SOLD! I’m going to paint a chair to match and….she is also buying a dresser to match the desk set she bought earlier. It was a good week for furniture selling.
Back to the Shabby/Chic desk set. I now had the desk completed, with new knobs (actually clear resin knobs I found at a yard sale and painted “Vintage Coral” and pulls spray painted silver with the wood part painted “Vintage Coral”.
I was ready to tackle the hutch. As I was painting it, I decided to take the cork board off and paint it. I had researched and found it was best to shellac it before painting, so Danny (my husband and partner in all of this) used our handy dandy Zinsser Bulls-Eye Shellac on it. That worked like a charm and the paint just glided on. Then I figured it would be easier to paint the back if it was off. When it came off, we discovered the shelves and letter cubby things all slid out and I was able to paint each piece separately!!! Yahoo! And I’d been so stuck on what trouble that was going to be.
I finished up the hutch and if the desk looked pretty before, once we put the hutch on top the transformation was amazing. This set is officially GORGEOUS! I added a shabby/chic chair to match and it was ready to sell! Oh and did I mention, the hutch has a light? Right now, there are two people interested in it, so it is going to sell quickly, I think. But maybe not too quickly. I like looking at it as it sits in my crowded dining room and going over every once in awhile and sitting at it and running my hand across the top.
I do believe I’m a little obsessed over this project.
Are you ready for the reveal?