This desk has a long story to tell…
It has, in fact, been lurking around our house for a couple of years now.
In fact, this entire makeover took place almost two years ago.
I know, right?! Bad blogger!
Originally a freebie from my parents, I gave it a quick makeover with some home-made DIY chalk based paint not long after I got it. Since then it has been moved around to several rooms in our house before finding it’s final resting place in my craft room.
Is it the perfect little spot to keep my sewing machine set up all the time, or what?
Here is how this little free beauty started out. Not exactly solid wood, and it doesn’t exactly have great lines. So perhaps it didn’t have many redeeming qualities…except that it was small (only about 24″ wide) and I knew it could be cute once freshened up…
I haven’t made this paint in a long while now because I have been painting mainly with Country Chic chalk paint instead, but this is how I used to make my own chalk based paint- and I have tried it out with success on several pieces.
I used some leftover Ash Blue – a Benjamin Moore colour – that I had on hand from our Ensuite bathroom. I gave the desk two coats of the Ash Blue DIY chalk based paint…
Then gave it a light sand. I found my home made chalk based paint to be less smooth then the store bought paint, but I think that was just because my Plaster of Paris was a little old.
Why didn’t I just buy some new plaster? Yes, that is a valid question.
Next I mixed up a little more chalk based paint using a Benjamin Moore colour called Fresh Mint (you may have seen my tutorial for my free minty chalk painted chair? Did you know that project is IN PRINT?! True story…)
So if you have been reading for a while then you know I am a big fan of dry brushing. I love the textured look it gives… and that is exactly what I did to this piece. Kind of using the same technique I used on our Ikea Hack Faux Linen Tarva Dresser…
After my dry brushed top coat in mint was all dry, my little helper and I used a palm sander to give the whole piece a little bit of a distressed look all around the edges… it helped add some dimension to an otherwise quite flat piece. This picture makes me tear up – he is so much bigger now! Keep your eye out for an updated pic of him just below…
Done! And it has finally found a great home and a perfect use in my craft room. I LOVE being able to have a spot to keep my sewing machine set up all the time…
Oh, hey. There he is!
I know I am pretty fortunate to have a craft room. And even more fortunate to be able to keep my sewing machine set up all the time. And how great it is that this little desk was free? There’s one more point for the fortunate side…
And guess what?!?
This Sunday is the Get Your DIY On Challenge: $10 Thrifted Challenge.
I LOVE making over old thrifty stuff. Even better if it was FREE!
Have you seen what my cohosts came up with for this challenge??
Piano Bench Makeover at House by Hoff / Insulator to Candle Holder Upcycle at Just a Girl and Her Blog / Flower Mason Jar Gifts at The Hankful House / 10 Thrifty Projects Under $10 at Confessions of a Serial DIY-er / Free Desk Makeover with Homemade Chalk Based Paint at The Happy Housie (you are here!!)
Have you had a chance to enter the Giveaway I have going on right now??
For $100 PayPal cash?!
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If you’re a fellow blogger, then come back on Sunday at 7pm EST to share your $10 or less thrifted projects with us! I can’t wait to see all the makeovers. And if you aren’t a blogger, there will be plenty of amazing inspiration to take in! Hope to see you Sunday!