I finally got something FREE! Yeah! It was under off of CL. I called the guy and said I was coming over. I was a tad disappointed because the desk in the picture looked, well, normal size. In person it was miniature! So maybe I can make it for a little girl, I thought. (I mean c'mon, it was free). Or maybe a little person may want it. Whatever. Did I mention it was free??
Hmmmm,,,now what to do with it. I figured pink since it would most likely be for a girl. Then some white. But everyone does pink and white. Hey wait, I just got a new gray color from Martha Stewart paint that HD is discontinuing. I bought a gallon (12 bucks maybe?), divided it into 4 quart containers and had the paint guy tint each one a different color! Genius, I know right??
So pink and gray it is.
It needed a lot of filler. This baby was pretty dinged up.
I thought maybe I could refinish the top, but with the gray and pink combo, I didn't think it would look that great.
Plus this wood on top isn't all that great anyway.
So for the pink I used Behr Geranium mixed
with Bright white. What you see in the cup is
all I mixed for this desk. Thats Plaster of Paris in
the other cup. Thats all I used for my chalk paint for
the pink. Step by step for the gray is below.
So for the gray chalk paint. I use 2:1 ratio. (2 paint , 1 PP)
These little plastic cups are great for measuring. I stir the PP
with a little hot water until the lumps disappear.
I don't dump it in right away.
I add a little bit of paint to the mixture and stir. Kinda like tempering eggs!
my whisk (Big Lots) to mix well.
It works great.
Mark my container and off we go!
I know there are a ton of ways to do this out in blogland. But I have used this over and over again
with no issues. The hot water is really the key to break up the lumps and grit. I have ASCP as well. And yes it is great paint. Is mine just as good??? Well, yes and no. I will say hers is easier, by a tad. But the finished result is almost identical. At least to me. If you are on a budget, then I like my way.
The below picture
shows what the first coat looks like. Nice and smooth and no lumps.
Ok. So not wanting to be left out, I jumped on the harlequin train for my desk top. Lemme just say after getting started, I wished I would have let that train leave the depot without me! Holy Hannah, what was I thinking???? Researching the stupid pattern took me about an hour. I did that Silver Spoon Harlequin pattern calculator thing. Put in my dimensions and I got 3 rows, 15 columns of 6"X 3" diamonds.
No problemo, right? Are you counting???? Thats 45 diamonds!
draw all this out. I was shocked when all the lines actually lined up!
Lord have mercy. See that roll of tape? It was almost full when I started. In retrospect, I probably should have painted the top pink, being that it's lighter. But I knew I didn't have enough. I had to paint the pink in two parts because of the tape overlapping other diamonds.
Ok. So here is the little princess all done and waxed.
In hind sight, I should have filled in the pull holes and gotten new hardware. These pulls are 4 1/4". Not a standard size.
I wiped on a metallic glaze haphazardly to give it a
I'm having a very difficult time finding a chair to go with this desk. The opening is only
19" high. I need a "mini-me" chair!
I spray painted the handles a glossy white. Not really diggin' them, but
a custom order of this size would be a little pricey.
Note to self,,,"fill in the holes before painting!!"
Would u guys mind leaving a comment about the knobs?? Yay or nay? Does it look
too funky with the glass knobs on the middle drawer? Should the original handle go