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My Vintage Desk Restoration

I have been talking about doing a Vintage Desk Restoration With Chalk Paint for so long. I was desperate to get my own little workspace. Somewhere I could store my things, my very own creative space. Just for me, with no football, homework and all those other distractions that put me off working.

Steps to take to restore a vintage desk with chalk paint
up-cycling an old unloved desk with chalk paint

Finding The Right Desk On Ebay For A Vintage Desk Restoration

I had been looking for ages when I spotted this vintage desk on eBay. Which was perfect exactly what I wanted. And was lucky enough to win with my bid and had the bureau sat in my lounge within a week.

I had spent some time scouring Pinterest for images of vintage inspired desks and had finally decided exactly how I wanted my desk to look. Thus decided on a vintage cream distressed exterior to match the rest of the furniture in our lounge. My only dilemma here was how to tie all the pieces in together.

How To Complete A Vintage Desk Restoration

Sanding And Painting The Desk

Choose your colours thinking of the final look you want to achieve, but also creating a contrast. For the interior  of the desk I wanted a super girly, feminine space so decided on duck egg blue and a vintage floral pattern, with a soft antique chalk effect white for the outside.

Start by sanding the whole cabinet to remove the veneer and make the surfaces porous, dont leave any shiny bits as the paint will peel off. Also ensure you get into all the corners as those are the areas that will be harder to paint if they aren’t porous.

Apply the wood base coat first, make sure they base coat covers well and you dont miss any areas, this is the most important step so take your time here and allow it to dry properly.

Now apply two coats of chalk paint, allowing each coat to dry in between coats. Initially the result looked patchy, however the key to a great chalk paint result is the wax finish.

 How I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling it

Before applying the final wax we sanded areas to create the distressed effect I wanted to achieve, and then waxed. After two coats the wax seems to lift the paint and its appearance, thus making finished result looks almost to a professional standard, aged but modern.

Choosing Ceramic Door Knobs To Finnish The Look Of The Vintage Desk Restoration

The desk was finished off with Trinca Ferro ceramic door knobs. This was the biggest decision I had to make for the whole project.

Trinca Ferro offer a huge selection of absolutely gorgeous door knobs. I chose a mix of 3, to use on the existing furniture in my lounge, thus tying all the pieces together.

My Vintage Desk Restoration with chalk paint, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

And lastly I chose a vintage floral oil cloth to decorate and finish the inside of the desk. The bright but delicate floral gives it such a light, bright and summery feel.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling

I am absolutely thrilled with the results of the vintage desk. Additionally I feel focused having a dedicated space to work, rather than working in the kitchen or on the sofa.

I love the fact that I have my own little oasis that no one in the house will commandeer as it is girly and pretty.

My Vintage Desk Restoration, and how I have transformed a dull old desk by up-cycling
How to restore a Vintage Desk with chalk paint


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Mini Travellers/Mini Ventures

Friday 29th of January 2016

Wish I had some space to call my own. Currently typing in kitchen. Beautiful.


Saturday 30th of January 2016

Karen you need to make a space, it feels quite calming having you own little area x


Tuesday 24th of November 2015

Thanks for linking up - loved this post SO much :) Jess xx



Wednesday 25th of November 2015

Ah thank you Jess, I am just so pleased with it x

Caro | The Twinkle Diaries

Sunday 22nd of November 2015

Thanks so much for linking up with us lovely! #HomeEtc I've said it before but this is SUCH a stunning up-cycle!!! :) xx


Monday 23rd of November 2015

Thanks Caro, I am so thrilled with it, and thank you for hosting lovely lady x


Friday 20th of November 2015

You've made a gorgeous job of it Sarah. The oild cloth finishes the whole thing off really well and makes it extra pretty. #HomeEtc


Saturday 21st of November 2015

Thanks Fionnuala I love it, and love the girliness of the oil cloth xx

Lizzie Woodman

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

I love this! It's totally transformed. It's so satisfying to up-cycle something and give it a whole new lease of life. I'd love to work here. #HomeEtc


Saturday 21st of November 2015

Yes I totally agree I love it so much more than if I had bought it from a shop x

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