…favorite things friday – shellac


Did you think I meant shellac from the hardware store?

I’m not talking about the shellac for our painted pieces! I’m talking about shellac for our FINGERNAILS!

So, imagine you have a party or an event that you need to go to and must get your nails done a few days in advance. Well, what happens if you have to finish up a few projects in the meantime? I don’t know about you, but I like to make a mess when I paint and my nails never survive the play.

A few months ago I tried this shellac gel. It dries instantly, lasts for 2 weeks and does not peal (it actually just grows out with your nail). Sounds a bit like Chalk Paint! Ha!


This Cake Pop is my favorite color. Partly because my kids always beg for cake pops at a Starbucks run and partly because it’s a happy color for warm weather.

I realize that as creative people we are not always interested in getting our nails done. But, if you must this is a solution to our painter’s nails!



  1. Love it! Awesome tip-I had given up on polishing my nails!

  2. Susan Sapp says:

    I LOVE the no-chip mani, in fact I invested in a LED light and I paint my nails at home!
    Side note: ASCP comes off of my nails beautifully!

  3. I LOVE no-chip mani’s! So much so that I invested in a LED light and now I do it at home!
    Side note: I comes off ASCP beautifully!

  4. I had given up having beautiful nails but found gel polishes and was totally hooked, but unfortunately I turned out to be terribly allergic to some of the chemicals involved and cannot continue using it. So back to regular polish 🙁

  5. Hi Christen,

    I wish I could paint my nails, but I am afraid that nothing will hold up under the harsh conditions of mucking horse stalls or cleaning out their waterers! Yours look very nice!

    I finally found a copy of Freshstyle. Had to go into a grocery store that I never go in because it is WAY too expensive, but thought they might have it and they did. Your article is GREAT!! And your house looks beautiful, as always.


  6. Leanne Gauthier says:

    Hi Christen!
    I am about to start my first chalk paint project and I have watched many of your tutorials. Very helpful, and thank you for the inspirational ideas and advice. But more than that, you are adorable! Between the dog, the cat, the kids, and the Fed Ex truck going by, I feel like I’m sitting in your driveway. Keep it coming!!

  7. Rose Beckhurst says:

    Hi Christen, thank you for this post, i work at a senior school cleaning and between that and my chalk painting my nails just get ruined! everytime i polish them they last less than 24 hrs grrrrr. This sounds perfect for me and they do it here in the uk yipee 🙂

  8. Hi there! Thiis is my first visit to your blog! We are a team of volunteers annd starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You have done a outstanding job!

  9. Hi
    Found pic on Pinterest which led me to your website.
    This is a picture I took a few years ago and it’s my nails in the pic. Did you get it from salon geek?

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