Monday, January 9, 2012

chalk paint desk

On Saturday I tackled another chalk paint project.

This little desk.

It has lived a long and useful life.  It was a desk for my Mom's sisters when they were young.  My grandfather painted it white with red drawers for them.  Later my Mom took it for a sewing table and painted it in this off white enamel.  I took it for a drawing desk in our old apartment and most recently it was in my basement craft area.  I never got around to repainting it and it was time for an update if it was going to come live in the master bedroom.

So I mixed up more chalk paint with good old plaster of paris.  The same 1 part plaster of paris to 2 parts paint worked well.  If the color I made for the desk looks similar to this table  I did that is because I used the same left over samples to mix up a nice silver grey.  I painted the whole desk in the grey but thought it needed some flair.  So I taped off a square on the top with painters tape.

and one down at the bottom as well.

I mixed up a nice buttery yellow for them since I've been thinking about introducing some yellow to our master bedroom for a while now.

I put a coat of minwax over the whole thing, put on new knobs and here she is in her new glory.

I picked up this $5 chair from an estate sale and recovered the seat with an extra curtain panel.

I put some of that fabric in the top drawer as well as a liner.  A happy surprise when I open the drawer.

Look at this swatch of fabric I found at a discount fabric place a while ago.  It looks perfect with the desk.  I hope they have some of it still because I'd love to make a pillow or two with it, well actually ask my Mom if she would make a pillow or two.

So there you have it!  I did a happy dance when I finished this desk.  Isn't it nice when something comes out better than you expected? I'm so pleased to have this pretty little thing to blog at.
See that lovely little owl dish to the right.  It was a gift from my friend Anna who just started the blog A Warm Home she is a super talented artist, cook and crafter and I'll no doubt be getting some great inspiration from her and some serious laughs as well.  Make sure to give her blog a visit!

linking up to The shady porch 
and Miss Mustard Seed


  1. Another beautiful makeover for an old and well used hand me down! Grandpa would be very proud!

  2. I love the gray and yellow! One of my fav color combos! How did you get the paint not to bleed out of the tape? I have six more of those chairs gathering dust on my front porch! Thank you for inspiring me to maybe actually use one! Love the shout out! The owl looks cute :)

  3. That desk is perfect with the little pop of yellow! I love that fabric, too! BTW....I wanted to invite you to stop by my blog. We are having an "impossibility" challenge for 2012!

  4. Teresa,
    Great job on your desk! I featured your blog on my blog this week! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Dee Dee

  5. Your desk looks fabulous...really well done. I have one just like it which came with our home when we bought it 10 years ago...feeling inspired to finally do something with it!

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