So excited to share this DIY project with you! It's funny how opportunities present themselves all the time and it's up to us to act on those opportunities. This desk project is an everyday example of just that.
One of our neighbors was moving recently and I happened to drive by as they were lugging this huge wooden desk out to the end of their driveway. As I drove past I noticed some other items along with a free sign. Needless to say I quickly turned around and went to chat with my neighbor ;).
We had been talking about moving our home office to another area of the house and just didn't know how that would work and what we would need in the way of furniture and supplies. This opportunity presented itself and I just knew this was the answer to our home office dilemma. Love it when that happens!
After a fair amount of effort and some bumps to my walls we were able to get the silly thing downstairs in our home (the planned location for our new home office). They sure don't make things like they used too. This desk weighs a ton!! Turns out that it is an old sewing table. That part in the middle lifts up and back to reveal a surface were the sewing machine used to be. So cool!
As mentioned in the title I chose to use chalk paint to bring this old desk back to life. The great and amazing thing about using chalk paint is that all you have to do to prep the piece is make sure it's clean. That's literally it! No sanding! No priming! Before I even started painting I was thinking of all the other projects I could tackle with this incredible product.
So after the desk was wiped clean I simply opened the tin, gave it a good stir and got started with my first coat. I just used a regular paint brush, nothing fancy. The one thing I will mention though is to make sure you apply a thin coat. This paint dries quickly so completing small areas with long smooth strokes is best. The color I chose for the base of the desk is called "Old '57", and I absolutely love this color!
As you can see in the pictures the first coat leaves some of the wood grain showing through. I actually really liked the way this looked... kind of a beach glass kind of look. I really thought about leaving like this but decided to see the process through by adding the second coat.
The second coat was applied in a thin layer as well and did a great job of covering any of the remaining original wood surface. I also used a tiny bit of water on the tip of my brush to smooth out the surface a little more.
Then came the desk top. I chose to paint the top in a contrasting color called "Layered Chocolate". My first choice would have been a grey but the room the desk will end up in has wood and brown tones so I went with brown here as well. The only tricky part here is to remember to try to use nice long strokes to keep brush marks to a minimum. The paint dries quite quickly so again tackle small areas at a time.
The final step was to seal the desk with wax. Everything I read prior to doing this project said that having the correct brush for this part is essential. So we did go ahead and purchase the waxing brush and it was very helpful. We used just a small amount of the wax on the brush and then applied that to small areas of the desk at a time. Then followed up by wiping off any access with a dry lint free cloth. Give it 24 hours and then come back and buff the surface out with another lint free cloth.
I'm not 100% sure we buffed the surface of the desk enough as it was still kind of sticky several days later. With that said it does take almost a full month for the wax to cure so perhaps I just need to give it a bit more time ;).
And that's it! My first chalk paint DIY project. A special thanks goes to my hubby for not only helping me get this gigantic piece of furniture into our home but also helping me with the project itself. It was so fun to see the transformation from that old desk to the funky new work-space we now have in our home office. To avoid anything getting lost or stuck in the fold back surface from the old sewing machine we simply placed a piece of glass over it. So far it's working out great.
Now that I've got the chalk paint bug who knows what's next.... I've had my eye on my dining room table ;)
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