DIY: Chalkboard Paint Desk

by Tina on May 21, 2014

in Decor, DIY, our home

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I have had this old school desk hanging around my basement for years.  I brought it over in our shipment from the US and never really found a place for it but was far too nostalgic about it to get rid of it.  This is the exact kind of desk that I remember studying at in elementary school and I just thought that was so cool.  I bought it from Goodwill for about $10 and always assumed that I would paint the top but my daughter was adamantly against me removing the stickers despite my arguments that they were torn up and a bit dated.  She played school with it for a while, but then she got a bit too big for it so it has been in the basement for at least two years.  A few days ago I asked her if it would be okay for me to paint it and she asked why I hadn’t earlier.  Ha ha!

With the proper permission in place I  got to work immediately.  Creating a Chalkboard Paint Desk is super easy to do and hardly takes any effort.  What I love about this project is that you can pick up a desk for almost nothing at a thrift store and end up with a really great piece for a work space.  Here are a few simple steps for creating a Chalkboard Paint Desk:

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2. Wipe down the sanded surface with a damp cloth and allow to dry.

3. Apply one coat of horizontally applied chalkboard paint in light strokes, being careful not to create any raised sections that will show later when the paint is dry.

4. Allow the first coat to dry and then apply a second or third coat if necessary.

5.  Wait 48 hours for the paint to set before writing with chalk.


Here is our final result and my son, Landon, signing his name and enjoying his new desk:

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Rochelle May 21, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Such a great idea Tina. We have a little children’s desk that I so adore and have had since Joshua was little and I’ve been wanting to either paint or just sand down and get rid of the varnish. However, now I might just do what you did. Fab idea!


Tina May 21, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Oh good! You will have to let me know what you decide!


Rach Mills May 31, 2014 at 12:15 pm

Great idea – anything chalkboard finish is huge over here – thinking this is exactly what my little man needs for his room! Love the space!


Tina June 2, 2014 at 10:27 am

Cool! It’s hard to find here, so it is still kind of new! 🙂


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