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