You’ll never know if your capable of doing something unless you try. Like many of you, I’m a huge fan of Pinterest but never thought I would be able to create something quite as beautiful or comparable to the hundreds of DIY pages I continually scan late at night.
My journey began with necessity. I needed a desk but I didn’t want to display the clutter that eventually comes with having one. Having viewed many photos of armoire style desks, I thought this type of desk would be the perfect option for myself. As I searched eBay, Amazon, and other retail sites for a bargain, I quickly realized a brand new armoire desk was out of my budget. I eventually turned to Craigslist. Soon I was able to find a great solid pine armoire desk for only $35.00!
The armoire was pretty beat up but I was determined to make it work. The only problem was – how was I going get this thing home? Fortunately, I was able to find someone to pick it up at the sellers location and deliver it to my home for $100. Once I had it home, I was full steam ahead on giving it a much needed makeover.
I knew I wanted to paint the armoire a coastal blue-green color but I wasn’t sure what type of paint to use. I spent several hours scanning the web and I discovered my best option would be to paint it with chalk paint. I’ve never used chalk paint before but most websites I viewed claim it is extremely easy to use and very forgiving. Since I spent so much time researching, I was limited on where I could purchase chalk paint at 9:30pm – so off to Walmart I went (they stay open until midnight) in search of paint and supplies. I was pleasantly surprised to find everything I needed. They didn’t have the exact color I was looking for but I was able to purchase 3 different Waverly brand chalk paint colors I thought would work well by mixing them together.
After some trail and error I was able to produce a color I liked. I found a similar color on Amazon.com that I haven’t been able to find in stores. I love it!
After carefully taping off the sections I didn’t want to paint, fixing the dings and dents with wood filler, and removing the hinges and armoire doors to protect the brass hardware, I was ready to paint. After two coats of paint, I had the perfect matte finish I was looking for.
While doing my online research, I was made aware that I needed to seal and protect my newly chalk painted armoire with a wax. I purchased two different waxes for my project, a clear wax and a dark wax. You can find the best price and selection on wax at Amazon.
I covered the entire armoire with the clear wax, which I applied with a special wax brush and I then buffed it with a cotton cloth. I added the dark wax to all the unpainted portions. This helped to hide any scratches or dings. I also added dark wax to the raised edges and emblems to give the armoire an antiquity look.
I am super pleased with the results of my first chalk paint project and I’ve received a ton of complements on the armoire.
I’m living proof that chalk paint is super easy to work with. I have a beautiful new armoire desk that turned out much nicer than I ever expected it to. If I can do it, so can you. You’ll never know unless you try! Happy painting!
Paint & Supplies: $56
Grand Total: $191
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