It is in the beginning of December and instead of decorating for Christmas, I took a little break and decided to work on this thrifted desk makeover. I mean isn’t she a beauty??! I like having a spot in our living room to set the computer up or for Lauren to do her homework so I had been looking for the perfect piece. I still can’t believe what a deal I got it for. It was only $45!!

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Back in the day when I was a senior designer at a large design firm in Los Angeles, we would fly back to High Point North Carolina for the furniture show. I got to know many of the furniture brands well and Hekman was one of them. I know they are a great company and known for quality so when I saw it was a Heckman I thought $45 was an amazing price for sure.

What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint

So here is the before . . . .

What a amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint

And here it is after my magic . . . .

What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint

Isn’t she pretty looking now??!! I love the 2 toned color. So here is the tutorial so you can work some magic on one of your pieces.

Thrifted Desk Makeover:

Materials:

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Directions:

Step 1: Remove all hardware.

Step 2: Lightly sand your piece of furniture down. I love this sander and use this grit sandpaper for it. It is such a light sander and so easy to use. Sand in the direction of the grain and in wide circular motions. Wipe down with a slightly wet cloth to remove dust.

Step 3: Spray paint hardware. I used this gold spray paint and did 2 light coats.

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Step 4: Paint the body of the desk with 1 chalk furniture paint color. I used Franciscan Gray. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Apply additional coats as needed. I only used 2 coats.

Step 5: Paint the face of the desk drawers in a contrasting color. I used Maison White. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Apply additional coats as needed. I used 3 coats.

Step 6: Let your furniture piece fully dry overnight. Then apply clear wax using a dry cloth. Dab the cloth in the can and rub it into the bookcase in long broad strokes. Make sure no excess wax build-up is in the corners.

Step 7: You are done!!

What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint
What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint

I really love the two-toned effect too. It really makes this piece stand out in our room. You can check out more of my projects using Maison Blanche paint right HERE!

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What an amazing before and after on this thrifted desk! Such a great idea. More on https://ablissfulnest.com/ #deskmakeover #chalkfurniturepaint

Thrifted Desk Makeover

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

Transform an old thrifted desk into a stunning piece of furniture with chalk paint! Follow this step-by-step guide to create a unique and stylish makeover that will breathe new life into your workspace.

Materials

  • Paintbrush
  • Stir Stick
  • Dropcloth
  • Old Rag
  • Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint
  • Maison Blanche Clear Wax
  • Krylon Gold Spray Paint

Instructions

    1. Remove all hardware.
    2. Lightly sand your piece of furniture down. Sand in the direction of the grain and in wide circular motions. Wipe down with a slightly wet cloth to remove dust.
    3. Spray paint hardware using the Krylon gold paint. I did 2 coats for maximum coverage.
    4. Paint the body of the desk with 1 chalk furniture paint color. I used Franciscan Gray. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Apply additional coats as needed. I only used 2 coats.
    5. Paint the face of the desk drawers in a contrasting color. I used Maison White. Let dry for 20-30 minutes. Apply additional coats as needed. I used 3 coats.
    6. Let your furniture piece fully dry overnight. Then apply clear wax using a dry cloth. Dab the cloth in the can and rub it into the bookcase in long broad strokes. Make sure no excess wax build-up is in the corners.
    7. You are done!

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    5 Comments

      1. It is used to seal the chalk paint. I have only used it the one time to finish the piece and it still looks great!

    1. She sure IS a beauty. Love your color combo, she slips right into your home now. What a great price and a great piece!

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