{things i love} decoart chalk paint and an office desk makeover

Decoart Chalk Paint furniture make over from Lauren McKinsey

i am a BIG fan of decoart!  that is no secret!  my new product crush?  chalk paint! the color choices from decoart are just scrumptious and picking my favorite is almost impossible. want to experiment and mix colors to create a new shade? yup, they tell you have to do that too!

remember my last chalk paint project?  the painted and lettered crate?  you can see it here.

i have this pinterest board titled DETERMINED TO PAINT!  yes, i am determined to paint.  to makeover furniture.  to fall in love with old pieces again that have been given new life.  i am determined to be good at painting. and this chalk paint from decoart has given me that confidence to start painting.

purchasing chalk paint is easy!  you can find it at the retailers listed below:

a few years ago we bought a desk for our younger son off of craig’s list.  it was big and plain but suited our needs at the time.  we knew that once we moved to north carolina his desk would become my office desk.  i could hardly wait to give this desk the paint makeover it truly needed.  my friends at decoart graciously supplied the paint for my project but picking out a color is always what stumps me and holds me back from painting projects.  the decision was finally made and i made a BOLD color choice.  i ordered the chalk paint in escape and let me tell you :: the color is just glorious!

Decoart Chalk Paint furniture make over from Lauren McKinsey

 

the color just takes my breath away!

Decoart Chalk Paint furniture make over from Lauren McKinsey

 

now let me say this LOUD and CLEAR.  using this primer or another primer was not necessary. by using decoart chalk paint you need to do NO sanding, priming, etc.  i should have saved myself a step and just jumped right in on the painting.

Decoart Chalk Paint furniture make over from Lauren McKinsey

 

so on the left you see the BEFORE picture of my desk!  i told you it was pretty plain.

Decoart Chalk Paint furniture make over from Lauren McKinsey

 

and the finished desk that i just adore!  i knew that i wanted to distress this piece and using a sandpaper block i went to work.  i sanded down the edges that would naturally become worn over time like the edges of the table top and legs.  in order to add definition to the table i distressed protruding edges as well.  it was perfect!

i used americana decor soft touch varnish as my final touch.  the varnish is low odor, a water-based formula, scratch, scuff and finger print resistant and resistant to household cleaning products.  it’s perfect for indoor and outdoor projects as well.  it’s like the icing on the cake for painting projects.

i have several more furniture make over projects in the works that i can’t wait to share with you!  stay tuned….this girl, the one determined to paint, is on a roll!

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2 Responses to {things i love} decoart chalk paint and an office desk makeover

  1. Jea August 15, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Love the color. Am headed out this weekend to buy some chalk paint for a small side table I have. Can’t wait to try it.

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