Is it really week four of the One Room Challenge already?! In case you haven’t been keeping up, here are the posts for progress (including the reveal):
- Week 2 – Getting to work and painting the office chair
- Week 3- Mini-fridge makeover (The Beer Safe)
- Week 4- Painting the antique desk
- Week 6 – The Office Reveal!
Today, I am switching gears to one of the main components of the room and that is an antique desk makeover with chalk paint.
Remember this highly loved desk?
It belonged to my father-in-law and was the desk (and chair) that he sat behind when my husband was growing up. I remember the day they called to say they were throwing it out. My husband’s eyes lit up as he choked out an emphatic “Of course I want it!” In fact, during the entire 5 hour drive home, he spoke of what this antique desk symbolized for him. Manly. Respect. Authority. Winston Churchill and a Scotch Cabinet.
This antique desk meant so much to him that I about fell over in shock when he mentioned that he wanted me to paint it. I dropped all of my plans for the ORC challenge and decided to do his office just so he didn’t have time to change his mind about the desk makeover. Anyways, the desk had aged very well, but I wanted to update it just a bit to fit in the new office.
Well, I shined it up into this:
I knew I wanted a chalky finish paint and I have worked with several brands but I was hoping for something a little different for this desk. I love the “no prep” aspect of chalk based paint. Being my over-achiever self, I can’t bring myself to testing the limits of that theory. I did a good sanding and primed the areas that were veneered or clear coated like the inside leg area of the desk.
I had a very specific gray in mind that I wanted for this masculine, stoic yet patriotic office space. While I searched, I found Prairie Colors Chalky Finish Paints. Unfortunately they have since closed up shop. However, I have since found Fusion Minerals paint and I love it. Although I have not, it can be waxed or sealed with a polycrylic. However, Fusion Minerals cures to a durable finish, so waxing is a choice, not a necessity. The closest match to this color would be Soap Stone.
I used a microfiber roller on the drawer fronts and painted everything else with a brush. You will not find a brush stroke on this baby. One of the things I love about this paint is that it has a noticeably longer working time than other brands of chalky finish paint. It still dries even and quickly but the paint gives you a little longer to perfect the finish. Of course, if you are using a dark wax or want a more shabby look, you can get that as well.
I loved the sophistication that the gray exuded so I decided not to distress this particular piece. Something about it just whispers regal and sophisticated to me.
The top was actually in great shape and only the molding around the top required some refinishing. I wanted to avoid painting the top, but I was very concerned that the desk would feel too busy with the gray, the wood top, and the brass knobs. It wasn’t until I put the brass hardware on that I knew it was perfect. The hardware added to the industrial, military inspired style of the office. I don’t think it could be more perfect. Seriously, I kept walking into the office over and over just so I could see it again. And each time, I was like one of those TV room makeover recipients with the crazy happy reactions.
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And what did the hubby think? To be honest, he likes it but he is still getting used to the change. He loves the style. However, this is a desk he has seen the same way for 30 years so it is a bit sentimental and bitter-sweet for him.
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Next week is the last week before the big reveal! I still have some small accessories and the international clock wall art to finish but we are getting so close to the end. Until next time, I would love to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments below.
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