Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A Beachy Blue Desk

Hello Readers,
I'm glad you're here for a visit, this desk was given to me many, many moons ago but I wasn't sure if I wanted to keep it or sell it. I have made the decision to keep it! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I wanted to have a space for me and my "blog empire" every empire needs a desk right?



I used Plaster of Paris to make my own chalk paint and it worked out GREAT! 1 cup of latex paint, 2 tablespoons of Plaster of Paris and a smidgen of water. I already had the Plaster of Paris and the paint so this project only cost me my time.


I created three shades of blue


after some thought I came up with an idea for the top of the desk I'm very happy with the results


 gift wrapping paper in the drawer to give it a little pop!

the chalk erases off with ease
have you tried this before? I love the look it gives to hardware


I wanted some of the wood to show so I just painted a very sheer coat of paint on the details, I didn't want to do any distressing.


 Pretty isn't she.....now onto the next RESTYLE.
Anything new with your Blog Empire?.....tell me all about it. 
See you later peeps!








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48 comments:

  1. Love your "new" desk! You will be a blogging goddess!

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  2. ohhh I love the desk! The chalk board paint is really fun :)

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  3. Oh Vicky it is just beautiful - I want it!!!!
    And congratulations on your wreath feature btw!
    Hugs,
    Suzan

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  4. It looks great! I love the chalkboard paint on top. And, yes, I have used the Rustoleum in Oil Rubbed Bronze, to makeover our old white porch furniture. The stuff is amazing, isn't it??

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  5. Love that you refer to it as your Empire! And three shades? You go, girl! I'd love to have your confidence....the desk turned out fabulous! Here's to many happy hours at the helm of the Empire!

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  6. The desk is fabulous! That was an undertaking and a great addition to your Empire :-)

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  7. YOU are a genius. My 111 year old and I are coming this to the desk i got at the dump and painted pink. Sure it's cute, but NOTHING like this...truly amazing!!
    Stacy

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  8. FABULOUS! You did an amazing job. :-) I love the wrapping paper in the drawers and the chalkboard top. I've been wanting to make my own chalkboard paint and you have inspired me. I'm now following and can't wait to see more of your creative projects!
    Sharla

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  9. This is lovely! I am going to pin it for sure! Thanks!

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  10. Vicky,
    What a great restyle of this desk, I love the colors you chose and that you did something inquest with the top. Great job,

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  11. Love it! The colors are great.
    Debbie

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  12. thanks for stopping by and checking out my chalkboard!, I Love the desk, and the fact that you did the chalkboard on the top! Its funny when i was drawing the picture on mine for the picture i originally did a smily face too, but then i ended up wanting to make mine look part of the bush.
    great piece!

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  13. Oh My Gorgeous!!!! I love it! I just painted a little sort-of-blue-turquoisish desk...it is going in my shop, but I really want to keep it for myself! I love how you painted the top with chalkboard paint...another one of my obsessions. Debbie from reFresh reStyle sent me!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

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  14. Love the chalk board paint on top! great idea. Didn't know you could make your own - that's my "learn something new everyday" for today!

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  15. love the colors. I should make my own chalk paint.

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  16. I've made two batches of the homemade chalk paint and I think it works great, too! Your empire desk turned out great. Love the chalkboard top especially!

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  17. Looks great! I really need to buy some Plaster OF Paris so I can try this out. The chalkboard top is a great idea, so fun!

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  18. Hi Vicky, ReFresh ReStyle sent me over!! What a great idea!! That desk looks great! I just bit the bullet yesterday and bought Annie Sloan chalk paint! Wanted to try it before I tried making my own, but now wish I had waited! Someone gave me TWO Ethan Allen desks recently and I cannot wait to get started! But so glad I saw your chalk board first!! You Go Girl!! Love your photos! Teri from Decor8N with Teri on Facebook

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  19. Hi Vicky, thanks for stopping by Twelve Discovery Drive earlier today. I love your chalk paint project! Your blog is a pleasure to read (you have a great easy to read font)!

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  20. Okay, girl! This is amazing! I just saw a desk like this on craigslist...(boo on me for not buying it...LOL) I Love that the top is chalkboard! That is super smart! Great work.

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  21. I love how you added the paper inside the drawer. It looks so great, and is a beautiful design. It adds a pop of unexpected fun!

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  22. Love the color and lines of this desk! It's quite similar to the white desk I recently painted.

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  23. Beautiful transformation!! I'm so happy to have found your blog! I didn't know about using Plaster of Paris to do your own chalk paint! I'm going to use some left overs I already have to do the paint! Thanks.

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  24. Really cool idea! love it!

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  25. That looks great! Very pretty and fun!
    Thanks for linking up to the Creative Inspirations Party at Embracing Change!
    So happy you were here!
    Stacey

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  26. Absolutely beautiful! The color is beautiful, and love the paper inside the middle drawer. Really an amazing transformation. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay. I will be featuring this Saturday.

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  27. I love the way your desk turned out - especially the unexpected element of the pretty paper in the drawers. Thank you so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  28. Vicky,

    I LOVE this! What a fun way to add interest to the top! Thanks for linking this up on Hometalk!

    blessings,
    karianne

    PS I shouted out about this on Facebook!

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  29. I found you on hometalk- I love what you have done to this table, it's fabulous!

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  31. I love how you transformed this desk! I know its an old post but I am going to feature it Friday at my place. xoxo

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  32. I have the exact same desk that I am getting ready to paint, so it is great to see your take on it. Mine has a more plastic fake looking raised leather top, but it sectioned out in 3 sections like yours. This is the part that I am having the dilemma with, because no matter what I do my sections are raised up so my desk is not a true flat surface. I am going to either have to remove it and figure out how to fill in the space, or paint the fake leather top. I am hoping I can do what you did, because that was on awesome idea!

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