New Life to Heirloom Using Chalk Paint

This desk used to be my Grandparents.  I am grateful it has been passed down to me.  The workmanship of this piece of furniture is a work of art in itself.  I had already began to sand the desk before taking this photo.  The desk was in perfect condition except for some minor blemishes from being moved around a few times.  It needed a bit of love, a new life.  I am hoping my Grandparents will be as pleased with the outcome of this project.  I am very content with the result you will see at the end of this post.I found out about Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint by flipping through a random magazine at Lowes.  I was very impressed with the desk they featured using the chalk paint.  Unfortunately, they don’t sell Annie Sloan’s Chalk paint at Lowes. 🙁  {By the way, they will refer you to the black chalk board paint. That’s not what you want.}  Thus began my quest to find this magical paint.  Google led me straight to the very sweet, southern gal of Perfectly Imperfect.  She has a very thorough question and answer tutorial including videos here.  This helped me a ton! {Thank YOU, Perfectly Imperfect!}  I bought my Annie Sloan Olive Chalk Paint through Canabananas.  However, I didn’t realize I needed the wax until after I watched Perfectly Imperfect’s video. {which was AFTER I bought the paint}  I ended up purchasing the clear wax and dark wax from Classic Wall Finishes because I wanted one of the wax brushes Perfectly Imperfect used and recommended.  Canabanana’s did not have the brush.  Below is what the desk looked like after one coat of paint. {except for the legs}  Let me point out something: once I found out there was no need to sand or prime your furniture before using this paint, I did NOT sand the whole desk. {Yippee! Huge selling point for me :)}  As a matter of fact, I wanted some of the original stain color to come through after distressing it some.

{This was how it looked before waxing and pre-distressing with sand block.}

Below are the drawers before I waxed and distressed.  I used blue painter’s tape to cover the hardware.And now the big revealTA DA! I painted and waxed a desk!  My first time ever and Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint made it EASY.  Seriously, If I can do it, you can do it.  I promise.This desk is now placed in it’s new home, my Son’s room.  I hope it’s facelift will survive a few more generations. 😉

Please let me know if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you. {or refer you to the experts who DO know.}

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  1. The desk looks great, way to go! Now I might need to try some chalk paint for my kitchen chairs.
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  2. This looks great! I too am working on a piece that was my grandmothers. I am working on it here if you’d like to take a peek.
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  3. Thanks so much for the shout-out! It looks gorgeous!!!

  4. Two thumbs up! The new color looks great with the hardware. The desk is very similar to one we had in Germany.

  5. LOVE this desk revamp.

  6. Wow, it turned out beautiful! Great job!!

    Allison @ House of Hepworths
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  7. This is beautiful, Shannon. Your son is a lucky boy! I need to get some pointers from you on a few projects around my housed. 😀

  8. This turned out lovely! Can’t wait to see how the Roomspiration party goes on your scheduled date 🙂
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  9. You are so created!!! I love all the things you do! I feel so bummed…I missed your birthday yesterday! Happy, Happy Birthdya! (Hug)
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  10. Looks great! I just painted my first piece of furniture and now I am hooked! I have a piece in my dining room that would take to this technique perfectly. I knew I wanted to paint it a green color but I may just go ahead and copy-cat exactly what you did on your desk. It is beautiful.

  11. Cyndi Davidson says

    the desk is the PERFECT color…EXACTLY what I want…what colors of chalk paint did you use?
    Thanks so much

  12. Cyndi Davidson says

    Cyndi again…reread and see you used Annie Sloans Olive…anything else besides wax?

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