Chalk Powder Painted Desk Makeover

Hello friends. I hope you all had a good Monday. Today I decided to put the finishing touches on my $20 yard sale desk that I have had sitting in my garage for exactly 16 months. (but who’s counting.) I can happily say it is now FINALLY finished!

I bought this from the nicest lady who after talking to her for a short time was thrilled to be selling it to me so that I could turn in into a useful desk again. She said it was a family heirloom that no one wanted because they thought it was ugly or too much work to refinish. I on the other hand saw the beauty in this curvy little desk. chalk-painted-bargain-desk-always-never-done

Like many of my past projects I started off by taking an orbital sander to rough up the top coat. (There were quite a few coats of paint on this so I wanted to make sure I sanded at least the top layer off pretty well.)

I knew I wanted to try a new paint product on this desk but I didn’t know what. Then I came across B.B Frosch chalk paint powder. What is chalk paint powder you ask? Well it’s a lovely little pot of power that you add to flat paint (in the color of your choice…awesome!!)) with a little water and you mix it all together until it’s happy married and then you have chalk paint folks. May I also add that is 100% natural, even better.

So this is what it looks like. It comes in this cute little tub and only costs $10.00. Yep 10 bucks and I did my whole desk plus two more projects with that little bit of powder.chalk-paint-powder-desk-always-never-done 7

I went to Lowes and picked out Valspar’s flat paint in the color Blindfold. chalk-paint-powder-desk-always-never-done 8

I mixed 1 cup of paint with 2 Tablespoons of BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder and 1 Tablespoon of water together in an old Rubber maid container. This way when I am done using it I can just put the lid on the Rubber Maid container and the paint will stay fresh. chalk-paint-powder-desk-always-never-done 9

You paint it on like any chalk paint product. It is very forgiving, covers very well and dries quickly. After 2 coats of paint I sealed it with Annie Sloan Soft Wax. I still love her wax, it is just amazing. chalk-paint-power-desk-always-never-done 5

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For the drawer pulls I knew I wanted goldish/brass hardware. So I went to the Habitat ReStore. I can always find knobs and pulls there for a price that’s right up my alley. These pulls were .50 cents a piece. I meant you can’t beat that. I just cleaned them up a bit and screwed them right onto the existing holes. chalk-paint-powder-desk-always-never-done 3

To finish the desk off it needed a little work on the inside of the drawers. Who cares about the inside of the drawers? This girl does. It just wouldn’t feel finished without it and I would know they weren’t finished. Can we say OCD people. Yes I will be the first to admit it. At least when I get admitted to the looney bin I will have a clean organized room…with lined drawers:)

I bought my self adhesive drawer liners at none other than The Dollar Tree. It was a dollar and1 roll lined all of the drawers in the desk.

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This is what it looked after I lined the drawers (which took about 10 minutes. NO LIE)chalk-paint-powder-desk-always-never-done 11

Now I can rest peacefully at night knowing my desk drawers are lined with pretty paper. Thank you dollar tree.

Last but not least I needed a chair for my pretty new desk. I had previously painted and re upholstered this chair and it turned out to be the perfect addition to this desk. You can see what the chair looked like before and how I redid it here.


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Add a pretty light and some random antlers and you a good to go.

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I love my new little desk and it fits perfectly in our newly renovated open concept space. (stayed tuned for the full reveal!!!) I have used BB Frosch numerous times since painting this desk with it. I love this stuff and it’s such a great deal compared to other more expensive already mixed chalk paints.

P.S- To the woman that I bought this desk from… I gave her my blog site card to watch and see what I did with her desk however I did not get her information. If you are her, please leave a comment. I would love to see what you think of the desk now:)

Have a wonderful week!!

XO Amy


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  1. Wendy says

    I have a vanity similar to this that was passed down to me by my Grandmother…it is well over 100 years old and in rough shape:(…it has actually been sitting in my garage for a few years now. I had been planning on repairing it and painting it. You have inspired me to use the chalk paint on it. I actually just purchased the powder to use on it. I LOVE the color you have painted yours and will be picking out a color for mine soon! Thank you:)

    • amslyz22 says

      Oh lovely!!! You are so welcome! Chalk paint is going to work really for this project. I am really excited for you. If you need any help during the process just let me know and I would LOVE to see your finished product when you are all finished 🙂 Good luck even though you don’t need it:)

  2. Karen says

    I am getting ready to paint a hand-me-down dresser and use chalk paint for the first time. I was told I didn’t need to sand first but here you said you did. What should I do?

    • says

      Yes you don’t NEED to however I always take a light sanding sponge and just lightly go over it. It takes less than a minute to go over a piece just to get off any old dirt. It’s mainly for my piece of mind. Also if your piece is really shiny I always do a quick sanding. NOthing major. Just a quick once over with a sanding sponge 🙂 Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions! – Amy

  3. jules p says

    i love this desk. and i love the color. at first i thought it looked gray. but in some pics (to me) it looks like it has some blue in it. could you please email and tell me which is correct?!

    • says

      Thank you!! Its actually a mix of both. I would call it more of a slate gray with blue undertones. It definitely has both colors:) I know this didn’t help much but it’s a tough color to describe.

  4. Katiej says

    Hi I was just wondering if you could tell me if you sanded the finish at all before you apply the wax? I’m new to this chalk paint and trying to decide if I need to or not- yours looks perfect!!


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