Monday, April 22, 2013

Childrens Desk Makover

A few months ago now a friend of my Mum's found this desk on the side of the road, and thought of me. I LOVE that :)

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I've spent hours on this thing. Literally. There was more paint on this piece of furniture than I've had to deal with before; blue, white, cream and pink. I eventually went out and purchased a heat gun to help with the paint removal and didn't look back. Honestly if you don't have one and are thinking about it, don't think any more! Sure, you have to be careful not to burn your fingers, but this made it so much easier.

I had a vision in my head of what I wanted, and I think I've gotten there...

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I used a home made chalk paint in antique white on the outside, and chalk board paint on the cut out section on the desk lid. I seemed to have gotten the recipe just right with this one, it adhered beautifully and when sanded is lovely and smooth. And I have a tub of what's left over in the fridge!

On the inside I painted a pop of aqua :)

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Once I had removed all that old paint I really enjoyed this one - I can imagine it in a child's room or even in a hall or entry. It's cute but has a strong lines making it more versatile. And in my house furniture needs to be able to do a lot and work in various places or it doesn't last long.

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What I love about chalk paint is the distressing, so I couldn't not include a picture or two of the corners...

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I'd love to hear what you think!

And I wanted to say a quick that you to those who left a comment on my post about trying out Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I've chosen Provence! Will keep you posted on my progress :)

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  1. Your little desk is too cute. I love the chalkboard on the top.

    I just finished painting an old cedar chest with chalk paint and can't wait for the paint to dry because I love the look and feel after it is sanded.

  2. Love the colours you used- a pop of colour on the inside is always cool!

  3. looks gorgeous Catherine, chalk paint is the best!! I can't wait to hear how ASCP goes for you! i can't even remember which one i suggested?! can i ask why you keep leftover chalk paint in the fridge? do i need to do this?!! x

  4. Gorgeous as always Catherine! How cool is it about the Annie Sloan chalk paint gig? Can't wait to see what you come up with :)
    Cas x

  5. this is a truely beautiful piece...another job well done.
    Bec x

  6. it's adorable! i love the aqua on the inside. aqua is always a good choice in my books!

  7. Oh yes heat guns are the business, bet you're glad you got one!

    The desk looks gorgeous and I particularly love the gorgeous blue inside :)

    ps. thanks for forwarding that email to me, I've had a great exciting :)

    xx Karen

  8. Love it, especially the colour inside. I think I need to get me a heat gun!

    Can I ask how long your chalk lasts in the fridge? I usually just keep mine in a cool place if I have leftovers, but I try not to make up more than I need.


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