A few years ago, a very dear friend of ours gifted us a vintage student desk. I instantly fell in love with it and decided it was now a part of the family. It made it through our move from New York city almost four years ago and has been in the girls room through all of the changes we’ve made. However the girls are so small and it will still be a year before Bella starts getting homework assignments, so the desk was sort of just sitting there…unused.
I went out to tea with the ladies at White Linen Tea House and we OF COURSE had to stop and check the Shawnee Country Barns Antique Co-op right next door. I got the inspiration for this project from a little antique student desk I saw there, with chalk board paint on the surface of the desk. It had never occurred to me to paint the desk! So I decided that a weekend project (okay, maybe a couple of hours – project) was in order. So I cleared out some space in my bedroom and created a workspace for just that.
This is what the desk looked like originally:
I went to work on the desk with a bit of paint that I got from Michael’s on clearance. It was green, which I personally liked better than black. I think I paid a little over two bucks for it. Here’s what the desk looked like after one coat:
I went for a second coat and at my husband’s behest, a third. Here’s what it looked like after the second coat:
After the third coat I waited a couple of days before I gave the girls chalk to go for it. They loved it to say the least and it definitely provides hours of entertainment before Banji starts eating the chalk. The proof is in the pudding:
So two bucks and three coats of chalkboard paint later, the girls have something they can use over and over and when they get older. I’m so happy with this project!