I’d wanted a writer’s desk for some time.
A special place that made me happy to sit at, uncluttered and inspirational. I was certain the lack of one of these spaces was the culprit for my writer’s block.
Turns out, not so much, but we’ll save that story for another day.
You know I roll cheap, so of course I was scouring antique stores, rummage sales, trash piles, goodwill, and everywhere else for the perfect deal. I knew I would paint it anyways (sorry, I know some of you cringe at that), so it’s appearance didn’t matter much. It needed solid bones, and potential. After weeks and weeks of searching, and becoming convinced that I’d never find The One, I happened across this cute little sewing desk at my fave antique store in town. The price: right. Yusss!
She was just sitting there, waiting for me to come along.
After removing all of the handles and taping over the hinges, I got started on painting.
I had been itching to use chalk paint, but of course, wasn’t going to pay retail prices for it. Sooooo… I made my own. I found instructions on Pinterest, and although the pin has since been removed from their site, I saved the formula.
— Homemade Chalk Paint —
- 2 C. paint of your choice (I used home interior)
- 5 Tbs. Plaster of Paris (from your local craft store)
- 2 Tbs. water
Mix together. And um, that’s it.
This stuff was incredible. Easy to make. Easy to use. Dried super fast. And no sanding needed! Once the paint was dry, I did seal it with solid Minwax, rubbed on with an old cut up T-shirt.
And there she is. Isn’t she darling?! I decided to allow the handles to be glorified in their original brass, because, hello. I continue to be impressed with this chalk paint formula. Seriously. This has been finished for right at a year now, and there are zero scuffs or scratches in the paint. We use the desk on a literal daily basis. If I’m not typing away at it (no, not on the vintage typewriter, silly!), my seven year old daughter is drawing at it, making Barbie houses out of it, building Legos, you name it.
This project was definitely a win. And, I named her Phoebe.