This project was my first foray into painting furniture. My daughter needed a desk for her bedroom and I just couldn”t find anything I like (at a price tag that I was willing to pay). So I turned to Kijiji and found a dark cherry desk that had beautiful lines.
At that time I hadn’t even discovered the wonder and ease of chalk paint. In fact if I had I’d have completed this project in an afternoon instead of 3 weeks. I had decided to use spray paint and there were numerous reasons it took so long;
- Finding a day that wasn’t scorching hot (which caused the paint to crack)
- Finding a day that wasn’t rainy or windy (I think I spray painted my neighbours fence one blustery atempt)
- Finding a day that wasn’t buggy as they stick to the paint (not a look I was going for)
- It took 4 coats to stop the cherry colour bleeding through
Lets just say this was a big learning curve for my first attempt at reloving some furniture.
Here’s the finished piece and I have to say, not only am I very happy with it but my daughter is too (unfortunately you can’t actually see it in her room any more as it’s covered in a mountain of stuff and crammed full of more stuff!!)
If you’d like to know what I used here you go:
- Rustoleum Universal Spray Paint in White
- Benjamin Moore Jamaican Aqua for a pop of colour in the drawers and letter rack
By the time I got to the stool, I had taken my first chalk paint class. I painted the fabric in Annie Sloan Pure White (yes you can paint fabric with chalk paint and here I`ll show you how!). It took 2 coats to cover the original colour. Then I used CeCe CaldwellsSanta Fe turquoise for the hearts. Once they were dry I applied 2 coats of clear wax and buffed to a high shine. The result is like buttery soft leather.
From this point on I was hooked on refinishing furniture and I knew Chalk paint was the way to go.