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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Desk Project

So first of all I would like to say thank you to Jill at the Junk Bonanza Blog and Tamara at Sheer Addiction for the fabulous giveaway! I can't believe I won!

Secondly I wanted to post a preview of one of the MANY projects I'm tackling right now...

This past summer I had my first ever garage sale and took donations of furniture, clothes, and tons of other stuff from family and friends to sell. (Proceeds went to the wedding fund :) ) This desk was one of the things that didn't sell and it was only marked for $5. What a steal! So I decided to hang on to it afterward instead of donating it.

I saw so much potential! First and foremost, there's one thing you must know about me. If it's wood or anything fake wood, I will paint it white. (I tried to convince the fiance to let me paint the wood floors white instead of having them refinished but he wouldn't listen... "but think of all the money we'd save! And it would look so clean and fresh!" but he was not sold on the idea. Insert pout here.)

So naturally when I decided to take this little beauty into my home I had to start by painting it white. (I have a gallon of Dutch Boy's Timeless Ivory so almost everything I paint right now is that color! :) )

The second thing you should know about me is that the moment I discovered chalkboard paint I knew my life was finally complete. Sooooo..... I thought, "Wouldn't this desk be stellar with a chalkboard top?!"

So I took my Timeless Ivory desk and spray painted the top of it with chalkboard paint. But it looked so B-L-A-H. So I thought I'd try my hand at an antique finish. I gotta say, it's still in it's final stages but it turned out pretty neat...

The "before". (WOOF! It's so F-U-G!!)

The "In Between".

The finished product will be coming soon I promise!


  1. Tease! I was all set to see the end product and I get "stay tuned..."

    It looks so much better just painted white.

    Your Friend,

  2. Your hubby was right about not painting the floors! I spent the better part of three days on my hands and feet high on paint remover trying to get the white paint off of the floors in our historic home.


    But the sentiment made me laugh. My husband had the opposite reaction when I told him I was going to scrape off the white he looked at me like I was nuts.

    But on a lighter note that little table you did looks fabulous. Initially I wasn't crazy about the desk but with the paint and the chalk board paint its born again. Amazing what a little paint can do for an old desk eh?

    Keep up the good work and keep painting things white! Just.. not the floors! (insert cringe here) :) -V

  3. I have the exact same desk and what a great idea! I'd love to see how you're using it and how it turned out...so please post the pic for all to see....Melody in Nashville

  4. Show pics of it set up in your house ...I haven't done anything with mine yet...I'd love to see the final set up to give me ideas....thanks!