Welcome back to Week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge! If you would like more information on the challenge, $100 Room Challenge – Lemons, Lavender and Laundry has all the details! You can catch up on the progress of my “Office in a Living Room” catch up with Week 1 HERE and Week 2 HERE.
My childhood desk received a make over this week to fit into the space and it was also my first time using chalk paint. Normally I am not a huge fan of painting furniture. I like the natural look of wood and I didn’t think anything I could do would look better than how the desk already came. However, my desk was used heavily over the year and it was very worn out, sun bleached and damaged. If there was a piece of furniture to try and make over, this was it.
This is a reminder of what the desk looked like before. This image isn’t mine, here is the source. Mine was much more worn and damaged.
I started off by removing all of the hardware and legs and giving the desk a good cleaning with a damp cloth.
I selected Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White for the base and legs of the desk. The top would be left as is. When the desk was completely dry I applied 2 coats of the chalk paint. I did the first coat and then applied the second the next day however the instructions say you can do your second coat as soon as 30 minutes after the first.
Can you spot the helper biking away because painting was more boring than expected?
I expected the paint to go on rather thick and be a bit difficult to work with as compared to regular paint but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I used a clean new brush and it went on really easily and smooth with good coverage. I did need to coats as I wanted a perfectly even look. Not bad for no prepping or priming!
I do have plans to apply the protective top coat but I can’t seem to track it down right now locally so it will have to wait until it comes back in stock.
And here is the finished desk!!
I am ridiculously happy with the results. I have totally changed my mind painting furniture. With the right supplies, you can totally make something new from something that no longer fits your home or your style. This coming from a gal who loves to shop. I think the DIY bug has bitten! The space has a ways to go but I couldn’t be happier with the progress.
Chalk Paint Tips
- Make sure you clean your piece well.
- Fill any holes, chips and dents with filler and allow time to dry
- Use a good brush. Mine was new but not great quality after a while I started losing bristles on my desk!
- Use long even strokes to minimize brush strokes
- The second coat will require more paint to cover over the first
- Don’t panic if the first coat looks a mess! The second coat really covers
So I have never done this in the previous 2 challenges but I am going to do the US to CAD exchange this time. Right now the exchange rate would make $100USD to $125CAD. I think I might need a little breathing room this time!
Chair and Desk – Free
Rustoleum Chalked Paint Linen White- $28.48
Rustoleum Chalked Paint Can Country Grey $9.98
Paint Brushes – Free, already had 2
Art Work – Free, already have a piece I like
Desk Clock – $12.99
Planter – $7.99
See the other rooms I made over for the $100 Room Challenge below!
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