After working on a few craft items for our office/craft room makeover, last week I got started on giving some furniture a new look. The first piece I tackled was an old desk. I’ve had this desk for at least twenty years and over that time, it’s been painted a few different colors. The last time it was painted, it was done in black and was being used in one of our guest rooms. A few months ago, I moved it into this room and I’ve been using it as a work station for crafting. Now that it’s been given a fresh coat of paint, it’s just right for this space.
I love that the desk is solid wood. It’s held up great over the years. While I’ve been using it as a work station recently, it got scuffed up and bit and has a few paint splatters on it. I’ve been planning on repainting it, so I wasn’t too concerned about that.
Using chalk paint meant that very little preparation was needed for the desk. I dusted it off, lightly sanded away the paint splatters, and removed the hardware. For this desk makeover, I chose to use Art Minds Chalk Paint in Porcelain.
To give it a pop of color to match the peacock color palette of the room, I painted the center drawer with Waverly Chalk Paint in Peacock.
The hardware was cleaned with TSP before getting two coats of paint.
Shelf liner was used in each of the drawers.
After the paint on the hardware was dry, I waxed it before reinstalling it.
The final step was to use Waverly Clear Wax to protect the desk. I did a hand application with a microfiber cloth and hand buffed it with another cloth.
I love the pops of colors and my Lazy Susan Craft Supply Caddy looks great on top of the desk.
I decided against distressing the furniture for the room. I like the bright, fresh look for this space. It’s going to look even better once I paint the walls. Painting walls is not my favorite thing to do, so I’m putting that off until I have all of the furniture pieces completed. I do realize it might have been better to have done the walls first, but saving the hardest part for last works for me!
I’m pleased with how the desk makeover with chalk paint turned out. My vision for the room is starting to come together! Keeping in mind that I’m doing this room makeover on a budget, painting is the way to go.
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Desk Makeover With Chalk Paint
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