Projects Painted and Sold Using Missouri Limestone Chalk-based Paint

It’s been awhile since I added sold projects, so thought I’d update and add a few.

This has to be my favorite piece I’ve sold. It was shipped all the way to Virginia. This was a watercolor technique I came up with, staining the wood with a paint wash. Read all about the Rags to Riches story of Sir Albert on my blog!

The unassembled parts of a hutch we recently finished for a client. Too big to put back together in my house. Don’t you just love the decoupaged knobs and drawer sides?

This dining room set is one of my favorite ones we’ve painted and sold.

Another favorite set.

We even paint and sell jewelry boxes.

Yes, this pink one is really a jewelry box.

This one was actually a gift. It is a memory box I made for my sister with a vintage photo of my mom and her sisters decoupaged on the top. Have a photo of your own? We have more jewelry boxes. We can copy your photo and make one for you!

This client owned set was just what she was envisioning. We even painted books to go in the basket we painted for one of the nightstands.

We paint and sell smalls, too. Like these vintage sewing machine drawers.

We have turned several Queen Ann captain chairs into colorful, whimsical works of art. This one we donated to my grandson’s kindergarten classroom.

Love how this one turned out!

We had fun with this set. Client purchased it to donate to a heart charity auction.

We painted a bunch of these cute little vases. Can paint these with your color choices. I love filling mine with fresh blooms from my yard.

This is a cute little cabinet we reinvented with a farmhouse look, custom painted with client color choice. We can do that. Just ask!!

This was a little bench I painted with Missouri Limestone Psint Company’s January and Crepe Myrtle. Stencils were cut using my Silhouette Portrait machine and contact paper.

This is another piece I really hated selling.  I was so wishing I had a 4 season room.  I would have kept this little table set in a heartbeat.


This 1880’s sofa table is very long.  It really needed a paint job so we gave it one.  I distressed this piece with vaseline.  : )


The original use for this spool was for electrical wiring a Lowe’s.  We transformed this into a little table, just perfect for a beach house.  I called a friend who had just purchased a beach house as a second home.  She thought so, too.  It is now happily content in its new home.  : )


I had this waterfall set and custom painted it for a customer.  She wanted the dresser to be gray with some of the wood still showing.  The wardrobe’s inspiration was from a piece she saw on Pinterest.  We even found the same exact vinyl design on Amazon.


Another Steam Punk look for a customer that loves the look.  The middle piece of marble was broken on this coffee table and had been replace by a piece of glass.  We covered a thin board with this map fabric from Jo-Ann’s and it fit perfectly under the glass.  Gave it a black paint job and sealed it with poly.


This was such a fun project!  This dated wooden nautical clock was blah, until I turned it into a Steam Punk look with a little black paint and wax.


Love Pinterest.  That’s where we got the idea to take chairs and turn them into a bench.  The bench is 3 chairs put together.  We used the back legs of the 4th chair to create the sides.  This bench sold with a table and chair set my friend was selling. Love how it all turned out.



This is one of my first “restoration hardware” looks I did.  I really enjoy trying out different painting techniques.


I loved painting the gray ombre desk so much, I painted the dresser that matched it the same way. The lady that bought the desk snatched up the dresser right away.ombredresser

I didn’t sell this one.  This is my front door, and my wrought iron furniture I have in my front yard.  The door is metal.  I did this about 3 months ago and still haven’t sealed it.  I’m not sure I will.  It is holding up well.


This hutch and desk was a drab, yellowish color and had seen better days.  Painting it with varying shades of pink made all the difference in the world.


This is one of my all time favorite pieces.  I would have kept this one if I had the room in my house.  finalpicfinalpicatnightdeskhutch3

We had another client who had 6 chairs that needed painting.  We took that project on and delivered them back home this past week.  They look gorgeous with the dining room table that was handcrafted by the husband.  A beautiful set at the fraction of what a new one would cost.


Painted chairs – Missouri Limestone Paint – January

This little vanity table was a family heirloom.  It had been “antiqued” by the client’s grandmother back in the 1960’s.  Read more about that here.  The client had admired the Ombre desk I had completed and so the vanity has the same type of look, with the addition of a stencil to give it a french-style look.

desk set

Ombre Desk Set – painted in varying shades of gray – Missouri Limestone’s Chalk-based Paint – Winter Gloves, Sunday Silver and Gray Goose. Lamp is painted with Indigo.


Desk Lamp – Painted with Indigo


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


Piano/Storage Bench – painted with Trading Post

pet bed

Pet Bed – upcycled from a drawer – Painted with Coal Shovel

Lamp painted with Vintage Coral.

Lamp painted with Vintage Coral.

Spigot Planter

Spigot Planter – painted with “Clothesline”

Easter Candy Jars

Easter Candy Jars


Small Tilt Table – Painted with Grannie’s Lace

cupboard green_memories

Memories Photo holder – painted with Coal Shovelv


Spigot towel rack painted with “Clothesline”


Small Detailed Cabinet – painted with Dark Roast on top (with poly sealer)  and Zinc on bottom (with clear wax and dark wax in detail area)


The small table is sitting happily in its new home. Looks like the colors go perfectly with the decor in the home.

April 16, 2016 “Make & Take It Class

SharSum Paint’s April 16 class was so much fun!  It was held at Gift Emporium and Cafe‘ in Sullivan. The projects everyone brought in to paint were just perfect.  Participants were able to paint and wax/seal their projects in the 4 hour class.  In between drying times, they learned painting, distressing, waxing, and sealing tips, 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 May 16, 2016 class is now full.  See our Painting Class page link above for more details on our classes.


Let the painting begin!

plant stand

Donna’s plant stand and…..hard to see…..but a concrete bird partially (hidden by the drink tumblers), painted in “Something Blue”.


Here’s a better view of Donna’s concrete bird – he will get no wax or seal. Outside items do not need it. The sun and heat will cure the paint.


Christina brought in this beautiful claw foot bench. Painted, distressed just a bit, and waxed, she is thrilled with it and it is now going from basement storage to a prime spot in her entry way.


Inspecting her wax application.


This bench is just gorgeous!


Megan is painting a fabric lampshade. Yep! Works great!


Paint a metal lamp to go with that shade? Why not? This color “Chicory” (first coat) is just beautiful. It was named for the little periwinkle color flower that grows along Missouri roads. You will see them usually sticking out of the asphalt. It looks like Danny is taking 5. : )

finished lamp

Beautiful final project – went from a yard sale reject to a prominent place in a little girl’s bedroom.


Megan also painted this cute child chair “Something Blue”. Her kids use in their bathroom for reaching the sink. She used a poly seal on it for durability. Next up for her – painting kitchen and bathroom cabinets!

cabinet door

Danny is drying Mallory’s practice cabinet door so she can see how the Varathane polyurethane works and will look. She’s now going to paint her kitchen cabinets.

bathroom vanity door

Watching paint dry on Roxanne’s bathroom vanity door, which doesn’t take long at all. This picture shows it looking gray, but it is really a dark brown “French Roast”. With a light distressing showing the golden oak door underneath, this truly has that Pottery Barn look to it. She is now going to paint the rest of her vanity. Sure glad she liked the look or her vanity might have ended up with one dark brown door. : )


Wendy brought in this small shelf to transform.

Final look - After painting this shelf with "January, she did a light wash with "French Roast".  This gave it a little bit of a vintage look and broke up the pure white look of the shelf.

Final look – After painting this shelf with “January, she did a light wash with “French Roast”. This gave it a little bit of a vintage look and broke up the pure white look of the shelf.

A great time was had by everyone.  All the projects turned out great.  It was so much fun to see them coming to life.

A Cinder Block Bench

Great idea for making a cinder block bench, but I would paint it with Missouri Limestone Chalk-based paint. It is perfect for outdoor projects like this.

Paint a Patio Chair Cushion with Chalk-type Paint? Yes, Please!

I was with a friend at dinner the other night and she was mentioning how faded and blah her patio chair cushions were.  She wondered if she could paint them with Missouri Limestone Chalk-type paint.  I said, “Sure you can!”  But then we both wondered if you would need to seal them and if so, what you should use.  I told her I’d check it all out and let her know.  I’m so glad I did, and you will be, too.


First, I did some research and here are my findings:

Painting Tips:

  1.  Give your cushions a good cleaning before you begin. My practice cushion, sad to say, had some of that green gunk on it.  I took a Mr. Clean sponge and wiped that stuff off and was good to go.
  2. The best tip I read when getting started: Before painting, take a spritzer bottle of water to dampen the cushion.  The paint goes on better and gets into the fabric better when the cushion is slightly damp.  I didn’t need to do that.  I just went outside and found an old cushion that had been left out and it had rained some earlier.  Perfect dampness!  Sometimes it pays to be lazy!
  3. Some people took their cushion covers off (if able to remove) and used cardboard between the covers so paint wouldn’t bleed through.  My thought on this:  If your cushions were so bad you were thinking of throwing them out before you decided to paint them, then just leave those covers on.  Who cares if the pillow underneath gets paint on it?  Save yourself some time and energy.
  4. I noticed when I painted my striped cushion, you were able to see the faint stripe underneath.  I also needed to spread it out a little while painting to get into the nooks and crannies. I also noticed my brush bristles went right up to the cording on the sides.  On this pillow, the cording seemed to be a plastic type material and looked ok, so I just left it like it was.  I painted a second coat in one area, but still saw the faint stripe.  So, my conclusion on that was:  That stripe was kind of cool.  It gave the pillow a look I liked.  Why waste paint and time and cover it all up.  Patterns are good under a coat of paint.  In fact, they are very, very good.
  5. I saw some people added stencil designs to their pillows and some used painters tape and painted their own stripes in coordinating colors.

Finishing Tips:

  1. You don’t want to wax….my friend’s cushions are on a screened-in porch, but it does get hot out there.  We wouldn’t want to sit on those cushions on a hot summer day and have wax come off on our clothes….so no waxing outside….on any project.  The sun and the heat will cure your chalk-type paint projects.
  2. Some suggested sealing with a poly of some kind, some did not.  I would guess it would all depend how much they are left out in the elements.
  3. My finishing tip?  Don’t bother.  I’ll explain why below.

What a difference a little chalk-type paint makes, right?  It literally took me just seconds to paint the area I painted as the paint covered so well.  But then came the question of sealing.

I let the cushion dry for several hours and then tried an experiment.  I put a poly sealer on half of the cushion and let the other half stay as it was. My thought was the poly would not only give it more protection, it would make the cushion easy to wipe off.

After the poly dried well, I took a wet cloth and scrubbed it really hard.  No paint came off on the rag, and it was easy to scrub, so I thought that was very nice.  Then, I took a wet rag and scrubbed the area that just had paint. I scrubbed and scrubbed.  Guess what?  No paint came off that area, either.  It was easy to scrub and actually, except for the slight sheen of the poly area, you really couldn’t tell any difference.

Bottom line…..don’t bother sealing.  Bring your cushions in to protect them like you did when they were new (as you can tell from the beginning of this post – I tend to leave mine out in the elements at times) and your newly painted cushions should last the summer, at least.  I personally believe the heat of the summer will make the paint cure even more and they will last a good long while.  If they don’t, just paint them again next year.

I’m so glad I did my research and experiments.  I, too, have a set of patio chair cushions that I’m going to paint……now my biggest problem is choosing a color!


SharSum Paint’s Guest Program at Sullivan’s January Rotary Meeting

Karen Largent invited SharSum Paint to present at today’s January Rotary meeting to introduce our new company and the paint we are selling, explain chalk-based paint and share ideas for painting with it.  We thoroughly enjoyed the experience and hope everyone left with a little more knowledge of chalk-based paint and maybe left thinking of projects they could paint.  You can view our Google presentation here.


metalflowerpotWe explained how you could paint and distress a metal flower pot and pointed out the right half of the pot is waxed and has a slight sheen to it.  The other half shows the chalk-like matte finish without wax. Passing this piece around the group gave them a hands-on look at the finish once waxed and they could see how the wax deepens the color and enhances texture.


We also discussed repurposing thrift store finds.  We created a hanging photo holder (Capture Memories in Time) and brought this piece to show.




A Re-purposed Table Decoration

I’ve been on a painting frenzy lately it seems.  Today, when I put a Christmas tablecloth on my dining room table, I decided it needed a Christmas table decoration. I had painted a pint size Kerr jar with “Farmhouse Green” earlier.  As I was rooting around in a box of Christmas decorations, I came across a small glass plate and a small votive candle holder.  I’m pretty sure both of these items came from the dollar store at one point.  What do you know, the votive holder fit right into the top of the Kerr jar.  I tied a burlap ribbon around the neck, and “Voila!”  My re-purposed table decoration was complete. I lit the candle tonight and it looks so pretty!  I LOVE being able to just go to my basement and pick and choose from my stash of paint jars and make new things from old – quick and easy.  Danny thinks I’m my own best customer.  LOL  It is just as much fun as having a stash of yarn.  : )