If you have been following me you may remember this poor old beat up 1940's desk I had in the garage. I actually bought it two years ago for $20 while I was out hitting yard sales with my sister.
Here it is after I pulled it out of the garage to take a really good look at it!
Ugh...was all I thought...this thing was going to need A LOT of work along with some major TLC!!! I wondered whether or not I was biting off more than I could chew!!!
I was definitely going to have to sand down the top because of all the scratches on it. I really wanted the top surface to be a natural color, so after sanding it I applied 3 coats of Minwax's Poly Shades in an Antique Walnut satin finish to both stain and wax the desk top.
O.K. I was good so far...but was my freshly made chalk paint going to be able to pull off the look I wanted? I purchased a gallon of Antique White interior paint in a flat finish from Walmart for about $11. Then I made the chalk paint by adding calcium carbonate...the recipe I used is from Sherry from over at the beautiful blog No Minimalist Here and you can get the recipe plus my take on it by clicking here. I had to paint 3 coats on to get the desired coverage on my desk.
In a previous post I did a dry run on one of the drawers with the homemade chalk paint. To make the draw fronts blue I mixed the calcium carbonate with some old turquoise latex paint I had lying around along with some of the new Antique White paint I had purchased at Walmart. Also I like the look of Miss Mustard Seed's rustic finish on her glass door here...
...so after I painted the drawers I brushed on some of the same Minwax and then wiped it off leaving just a hint of color.
And here is my finished piece.
I loved Sherry's chalk paint recipe, it worked incredibly well! And do you remember my inspiration piece as being Miss Mustard Seed's gorgeous buffet? (This must have been pinned like a gazillion times)
Again here is the before...
...and the after.
This desk is slated to be part of the new office room makeover. Total cost in materials to redo this piece was roughly $10, and I still have plenty of the chalk paint left for another project!
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