I’m still a virgin… A Furniture-painting virgin. I did paint a few items in the past, like my daughter’s Play Kitchen, but that doesn’t really count as a “The-Real-Deal-Painting” Makeover. But let’s get to the real story.
My son is getting a lot of homework these days and everyday we all sit in the study/craft room/schoolroom, while he does his homework. But little sister plays on the computer and big brother wants to look at everything except his books. Little sister needs big brother’s help with everything and he is eagerly to help… you get the drift.
So, it is time to get his own study desk in his bedroom. I visited a few shops, but I couldn’t find what I was looking for. (I never know what I am looking for until I find it, are you also like that?). A few weeks ago, we dropped the kids at school and drove past a house with a desk on the curbside. Hubby wasn’t too impressed with it, because it rained the previous night. But I knew… that was the desk I wanted. I wasn’t sure what to do with the desk.
Whenever I search on the Internet (and I do that a lot), I read a lot of about Chalk Paint. After another Google search, I realised it is not available in Australia. But I wanted to give it a try. I found this Chalk paint recipe.
The top had damage and I wanted to stain it, so I sanded it. Then Stained. Then Polished.
Make sure you’ve got help with the cleaning!!!!
And then paint away! (sorry no painting photos). When painting with Chalk paint, you don’t have to sand the furniture. YAY!!!!!
I’ve painted 2 coats. After the last coat was dry, I polished the desk with clear polish wax. Then I gave the desk a light sand with a sanding block. Wow, I couldn’t believe how smooth the paint was. I did sand the edges of the drawers a bit more to distressed it.
After a day I polished the desk with a soft rag. And it was almost finished.
I bought new knobs for the drawers. For the backside of the bookshelf, I used gift wrapping paper from Typo (mounted on cardboard).
Then… FINISHED!!!!. And I am so impressed with the result.
(The sun were shining through the leaves on the table top – that is why there are white marks)
Tell me what you think of my first furniture painting attempt!