From the moment I saw all those ombre painted desks floating around Pinterest, I just knew that I had to try it for myself. Luckily for me, I was able to line up the perfect project for myself: a desk for my daughter! When I told my mom about my plan, she very kindly offered me my childhood desk. I knew that it would be perfect for what I wanted, so I accepted it immediately. I wasn’t going to give her a chance to change her mind!
For this project, I had very specific ideas for what I wanted and how I wanted this ombre painted desk to look. I wanted it to be a statement piece in an already over the top room and I knew exactly what types of colours I needed to use to get there. The challenge here was that these colours didn’t currently exist in any retail store chalk paint. I had to make my own!
Making my own Chalked Paint:
First thing I did was take myself over to my favourite paint store, Paint & Decor – I have a love affair with their hypoallergenic, eco-friendly paint and their service is top notch. Since I had an idea of the colours that I was looking, Alfred took me over to what I have termed their “Big Book of Colour” and patiently showed me all my options. So many options! I eventually picked my 3 colours and Alfred mixed them up for me in the required matt (flat) finish.
The next task on my list was to find the key ingredient of calcium carbonate. Let me tell you: I struggled to find it! I googled and googled and came up with nothing; I went on to Instagram Stories to whinge and whine that I couldn’t find any hoping someone would be able to help me; even called several pharmacies in my area. Niks. Nothing. Nada!
Around the time I was on Pinterest looking for alternative recipes (and finding nothing that I liked), I received a link from Hubs to a Gumtree ad. Apparently I don’t know how to google properly – he had watched my stories and had found the magic ingredient within about 2 minutes. I let him gloat – I was just too happy to have located some!
The process to make the DIY chalked paint
Grab the recipe from Natalie’s blog post and check out the quick video I put together to show how I made it:
Right, back to the desk and without any further ado: Here is my Before & After!
My poor old desk was really looking worse for wear in her brown and dingy glory! I can’t even being to guess at her age, but you can see that she has been through some rough patches!
And here she is after – all tarted up looking like the belle of the ball!
I got so carried away when I was painting the actual piece, that I didn’t get around to taking any photos or videos of the process! I also had no idea what I was doing, so was really concentrating on trying to create the look that I was looking for. To remedy this, I will put together a quick blog post on the method/technique that I used to create the look; I will link back to this post once it’s up!
Tell me, do you love this layered and blended look? Or are you perhaps a chippy aficionado? A shabby chic chick? I would love to hear from you!