If you know anything about me, you know that my favorite kinda yard sale is at a church. Talk about Bang For Your Buck! And the selection is usually great.
A couple of weeks ago I hit one early on a Friday morning and scored several cool finds!
This was one of them
This little maple desk is rock-solid and did not smell at all. Nice change of pace around here! My ONLY complaint was the desk top was pretty rough so I sanded that down right away.
The original finish came off like paper.
I finished it off with a good coat of dark wax. Now this top had a fair amount of digs and gouges. I just let that wax settle right in.
And then the stewing began.
Most of the time I have a color in my crazy little head before the piece is even loaded into my Jeep. Not this time. It took me about a week to figure out what I was after in terms of color. I had been looking for a navy chalk paint for some time and thus far been unsuccessful. You can read a little about this in my last post, but in a nutshell I took the plunge and used DIY chalk paint recipe.
For the base I went with Benjamin Moore Hale Navy but I had it mixed a Lowes in their Valspar paint & primer line.
It is a gloriously rich, deep blue! I truly love this color!
I painted the desk in two coats of my little homemade chalk paint then let it dry overnight. I chose to wait overnight because I noticed right away that it was drying MUCH slower than commercial chalk paint.
The next morning I ran my hand across the painted side of the desk and it was not smooth. In fact it was almost rough, sort of grainy feeling, if that makes any sence. I’m not sure why unless I did not let the Calcium Carbonate powder dissolve well enough before I mixed it in to the latex paint. So I took a piece of very fine sandpaper and lightly went over the entire desk. I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax.
I am sooooo pleased with this color!
The diy chalk paint, I’m not so sure about. I’m thinking it’s great in terms of cost savings and great for a color you just dream up and can’t find in your preferred brand. But, I gotta work out that texture thing. The thing I was MOST impressed with was the lack of visable brush strokes.
There really were none!
This little desk really turned out to be a baby doll! I sort of had a little boy’s room in mind when I was working on it. Kinda odd for a chick with no kids. Couldn’t you just see a baseball lamp on this thing?
I think I’ve already found a home for this one. I just need to go and test-fit it! It will be fun to accessorize!
Have a good Monday!