Today on the agenda the Desk Makeover Before and After!!!!
She is finished! And ready for her moment of fame, my old desk has received her chalk paint makeover:
Isn’t she pretty?! I used Annie Sloan chalk paint, White Linen over Paris Grey and some heavy distressing.
Let’s do a close-up of the before and after:
Quite the metamorphosis, from ugly duckling to beautiful swan.
It was an intensive process let me tell you that. Removing the veneer off the top to start with was not an easy job. It took me the better part of a day. But then I had this:
A ruined iron, a raw, veneerless desk top, very tired and badly bruised and slightly burned hands and an enormous sense of accomplishment.
I removed the veneer by heating it up with the iron and then scraping it off. Stubborn bits got soaked with water then heated and scraped. And that over and over again until all the veneer was gone.
Next up was removing the glue remains and lots of sanding. Than I had this:
A desk with a ‘smooth’ surface. Still old, roughed up and naturally distressed but looking so much better and ready to be painted.
Enter my paint:
I gave her one good layer of the grey and then a two layers of the white (except the drawer fronts). Then I did the distressing and finally a good coat of clear wax. The drawer fronts also got some dark wax to tie them in and they got some new drawer pulls that hide the non-functioning key holes and make them much more functional.
The whole painting process again was not a joy. I am delighted with the final outcome, but I still struggle with the chalk paint. I’ll give you a more in-depth review of my experiences with AS chalk paint tomorrow, because today I want to forget about the troubles and rejoice in the outcome!
The careful observer will have recognized which of my inspiration desks turned out to be my most important inspiration.
So in honor of the wonderful Marian I tried to channel my “inner Miss Mustard Seed” and style the desk in her style as well.
The vintage typewriter has a story to tell that I will tell you another time soon.
Another project in my big Craft Room Makeover project finished!!
Only 1385 more to go
Isn’t she pretty!?!
This was my second time I worked with chalk paint. The first project involved a makeover of a maid’s closet.
You can find my review of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (that were a bit mixed to say the least) here.
My desk now proudly stands in my craft room/ home office / sewing room. You can find the full reveal of my craft room here.