Monday, April 30, 2012

Drab & Dreary turned Bright & Cheery

Roughly five years ago I purchased this green painted desk from an antique/used furniture store near my dad's house.   I bought the desk partly because I was moving into my very first apartment and needed some essential college furnishings.  Moreover I looked forward to the day I would rid the desk of these dark green and brown hues.

In the past 5 years I've managed to graduate from college, establish my career as a web designer, move in and out of a handful of apartments, buy a home and get hitched. But today is the day, the day this desk meets it's.... re-maker.

After reading a bunch of blogs about homemade chalk paint and seeing many successful transformations I decided to give it a try.  I went with the Plaster of Paris mainly because it's readily available.  I purchased my tub of DAP Plaster of Paris from Michael's for $4.99 (with a 20% coupon- get the APP).  I also wanted to sand and stain the top of the desk because I've seen Miss Mustard Seed and 21 Rosemary Lane do this quite wonderfully and it looks great!

Here's a mid-progress shot before distressing or waxing.

Keep in mind this is the first piece I've ever refinished - but definitely the first of many. It took me longer than expected especially since I had a to wait a little while for my order of Fiddes & Son's wax to arrive.   I'll be posting a step by step process of how I achieved this transformation soon - so stay tuned.