Reader DIY Project

My adorable friend Bannon is one creative lady. She is an avid DIY’er and was nice enough to send me pictures of one of her latest projects.  Check it out along with her ‘how to’ on how she did it.

“Craigslist and Pinterest are the two places I find things I didn’t know I needed! I found this all wood desk on Craigslist for $20, I tried, but I couldn’t get it out of my brain. I decided to try it out for my son’s room. I didn’t know if it was going to fit, but I knew it was going to be navy blue and I knew it would be chalk painted.

DIY desk re-do, before
DIY desk re-do, before

DIY desk re-do - before
DIY desk re-do – before

I am obsessed with chalk paint! There is no sanding or priming before painting if you use chalk paint! I can’t pull the trigger on buying Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, so I use a trusty recipe I found on Pinterest. It is so easy and so much cheaper! I used the sample size flat paint – Very Navy, plaster of paris and water. I wiped down the desk with a damp rag and removed the hardware. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the hardware or replace it. I looked at hardware, but couldn’t stand to spend more on hardware than on the desk.

Chalk paint ingredients
Chalk paint ingredients

I brushed on 2 coats of the paint and let it dry 24 hours before we waxed. I didn’t get any pictures of my husband waxing it, but here is a link to the wax we used: We did two coats, waxing and buffing in between. We reattached the hardware after soaking it in vinegar overnight to get the grime off the hardware. I also scrubbed with Dawn and a toothbrush to get a little more gunk off.

Reader DIY Desk, after
Reader DIY Desk, after

Turns out the desk fits well. My son and his buddy moved it back into his room, reattached the hardware, sanded the drawer tops so they would slid in and out easier, and filled the drawers. I found a great chair at an antique store for $20. Kelly green and navy is my dream color combination, so I think the chair will stay the same color.”

DIY desk re-do, after
DIY desk re-do after

Nice job Bannon and family!  It looks great!

Do you have a project to share?  I’d LOVE to see them.  Please contact me.


  • Reply Bonnie Ingebritson August 18, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Interest post and especially love the notion of chalk paint for these kinds of projects.

  • Reply Christine August 18, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    That looks great! I love the navy and green color combo!!

  • Reply Dan August 18, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    The chalk paint is a great idea. I love following your progress. Inspiration at every turn.

    • Reply Jodi House August 18, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      It really is a clever idea! People amaze me with their craftiness. Anyway, thanks for reading and following along Dan!

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