CHEERS to everyone who made it through their first week of school... whether you are a teacher, a new college student, or a parent who had to pack their first lunch and say goodbye to their "not so little" baby anymore... Here's to all of you!

When I was little, nothing made me happier than to play school in my awesome playroom.  I had it all: the chalkboard, the chalk holder, the music chalk holder staff liner (you know the thing to make the handwriting lines!!)... the whole 9 yards!  I knew even in second grade that I wanted to be a teacher.  Well, it happened, and I still love CHALK!!

Even though I have decided to stay home with my kiddos for a little while, I still get my chalk fix...now through my painting!!  For this simple project I used the Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Paint simply because I had it and wanted to use it up.  I could have easily used my Webster's Powder but chose not to.



There is also a spray Chalk Board Paint as well.  



I like the paint because it lasts longer and I personally think it looks smoother when you use a roller.  

This desk was as easy as 1, 2, 3!!


See??  The hardest part was taping it off.  I taped off the feet, the top part of the desk, and the name plate.  I gave it two coats of the red spray paint.  Then I painted the chalk paint.  You have to be patient with this paint.  It is thick and takes a while to dry.  I did it in two days.  Two coats- Two days...  I decided to get a little crafty and added a can with some cute fabric to hold the chalk.  I just hung it with some strong magnets.  That's all I did.  I think the colors are perfect!


Here it is one more time.


I found these cute trays at a thrift store, too.  I thought they were perfect to chalk up.  How cute would these be at a buffet table or even propped up in a kitchen?  You could even hang them on a door with some ribbon.  :)  So many options...


TIP ALERT:  After you paint something with the chalk paint and are ready to write your message... be sure to rub the actual piece of chalk on it's side all over your piece then wipe it off with a damp rag.  If you don't do this you will be left with a ghost-like effect forever.  

It's amazing how a little bit of chalkboard paint can make a dull piece so much fun.  Don't forget you can make chalkboard paint colorful, too.  

  Webster's Chalk Paint Powder (2 TB) + water (1 TB) + any color latex paint = Chalk Paint!  

Three coats on your piece without the wax is all you need!  This sweet lady is the one that has the #7 booth at Mishawaka Antiques.  She has the "special ingredient" for all of your chalk paint projects!

                                                  

Alright my friends, that's all I have for today.  Until we meet again... :)

<3 Mal


2 Comments

  1. This desk makeover is unbelievable! Wish chalk paint had been available when my kids were little, I would have painted the entrance 1/2 wall, like you did! That wall is the envy of the street! Maybe I'll copy your desk idea and paint my vintage metal typing desk like this. It has been sitting there waiting for inspiration!

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  2. Great job, Mallory! I LOVE the fabric wrapped can on the side...too cute!

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