Thursday, June 6, 2013

Shabby Chic Desk With Chalkboard inserts {Before and After}

A hot chicky-do dropped this desk off at my house with the request to paint it white and shabby chic.... but I'm strongly considering offering HER money so I can keep it!  I'm rather ecstatic at how it turned out and I'm holding my breath hoping she loves it as much as I do!!

She kind of wanted to leave the "leather" or whatever it is on the top, but it was in rough shape.  I tried to stain it dark, but it really didn't help a whole lot so I went with option number which was - chalkboard of course!  You should know by now, when in doubt - it becomes a chalkboard!  I can even write notes with chalk on my kids' bellies.  Jus' kididn'. 
But first we had this little veneer issue to deal with. 
It's really pretty easy.  Cut it to size, iron it on, and trim off the excess.
 My mistake was I should have stained the new veneer dark like the desk because when I distressed the edges with the sander, well it just didn't "distress".  Shucky darn.

For the drawer pulls, I first spray painted them red and then using a small artist paint brush, painted them black, allowing some of the red to peak through here and there.

I feel back to one of my favorite stencils to add some elegance to the edges of the "chalkboard" inserts.

Why haven't I ever used the electrical sander to distress edges before?  Wow did that make the job a cinch!
You'd think I was new to this DIY stuff....  man, I'm a dork.

 And finished product - TA DA!

Pin It

Sharing HERE and here:

Furniture Feature FridaysPhotobucketFunky_Junk's_Party_Junk_link_party_150The Shabby Nest
Home Stories A2Z


  1. I'm a sucker for an old desk!! Yours is so darn cute, I pinned it to my "Awesome Furniture" board. :)

  2. Maybe you'll get lucky and she'll hate the desk and you can keep it. But i doubt it, since it's GORGEOUS! fantastic job. She's going to love it!

  3. It looks fabulous! I thing the stencil really added something to it. (Oddly, I just finished a desk this afternoon that is very, very similar to this. It's sitting in my car ready to go in the shop tomorrow.)

  4. Love it! The chalkboard inserts are so cool! I have a desk that needs a makeover and a chalkboard on top would be perfect! Thanks for sharing! Pinning!
    Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

  5. This project did turn out very nice. I bet your client was so happy. I especially like the photo of your hand wearing diamonds, fingernail polish, and that pearl bracelet while sanding the top of this desk. I agree,...we must look our best no matter what we are doing...OR NOT!

  6. Oh Kammy! That turned out fabulous!!! I would want to keep it as well. I'm sure she will love it

  7. Awesome job, girl! I pretty much like anything with chalkboard paint, but you really kicked it up a notch with this desk!If you have a sec this weekend, I have a linky party going on and would love for you to share!
    Kim @ Too Much Time On My Hands

  8. Love it! My daughter has a desk similar to this, but I've hesitated to do anything with the leather inlays. But, this looks great, they way you did it.
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen

  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

  10. Another fabulous piece!!!!! The top is just AWESOME and LOVE the added touch of the stenciling!!!!! Gotta love those drawer pulls!!!!

  11. For doing such messy work, you sure wear lots of baubbles!

  12. What a great idea. I love the stencil detail on the chalkboard. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Just Ta Da? I think you mean TA DIE FOR! C'est parfait, ma cherie! Love how you reworked & stenciled the top inserts!

  14. Love, love, love the desk! What an amazing transformation!! Saw you on "Not Just A Housewife" and wanted to say hi. The desk is gorgeous!

  15. Holy cow this turned out FABULOUS!!!!

  16. Gorgeous! Love the pretty red and black pulls, too!
    I'm visiting today from House of Hepworths. I hope you get the chance to visit my blog, linkup and and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Party
    Join me Saturday at 5pm Central for DIY Showcase Link Party

  17. Your desk (or your friend's desk) turned out beautifully. I'm so intimidated by furniture refinishing. I'd love if you'd come share at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

  18. The desk turned out wonderful. Maybe, you will get lucky and she will offer it to you. Love the chalkboard panels with the pretty stenciling.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Pieced Pastimes
    PS-Would love to have you link this up to Saturday Sparks. Links open till Friday.

  19. WOW! This is a wonderful transformation! LOVE LOVE LOVE it!

  20. Oh Kammy, this one is amazing! I'm in love and pinning! Thanks for sharing and blessings to you, Patti


Comments - Next best thing to chocolate! :) Please let me know you visited!