Shabby Chic Desk

I have very special clients that just purchased a new home.  They are decorating in Shabby Chic and after placing their desk in it’s space, they quickly could see that it just didn’t fit.  So…here’s the desk that was delivered to me Saturday morning and has now been transformed!  I used homemade white chalk paint, sanded the edges (and a few other places), then wiped on a mixture of clear and dark wax by ASCP for an aged look.  They  could have easily went out and purchased a new desk for several hundred dollars but instead, chose to save money and utilize what was right in front of them and make it work by having it painted!  I LOVE paint!  What a difference it makes!!!  

They have bought from me before and really like the super chippy look, but for this desk we decided to keep it to a minimum so not to overwhelm the room.  I think this will be the perfect compliment to their other pieces and colors they have in their space!

Here’s what the desk looked like ↓

 A view of the back↓
 The finished product↓

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  1. Great job, Judy! It looks like an old desk now! Love the amount of chippy, shabbiness you gave it. And I love the color.

  2. Your did a great job, it looks beautifl.

  3. O Wow!! Amazing what paint can do to give something an updated look – I love it!

  4. I always find custom work scary to do but you did a great job of that desk and I’m glad the clients liked it! ~ Maureen

  5. I’m a new follower. Wow! Wonderful look. Did you paint on top of veneer, or was that real wood? Most desks like that, that I have seen are made from veneer type or fabricated wood and are difficult to paint over. I love the yellow color. What color is that if you don’t mind me asking. Thanks for sharing. Donna O.

    • Hi Donna, I’m so glad your following! The color of this desk is actually Old White. It look kind of yellow due to the lighting but the desk was too heaving t carry outside for the photo shoot like I normally would do. Believe it or not, it is made out of veneer. I used chalk paint which adheres to anything, thankfully! I applied three coats and then waxed it with clear and dark wax for aging and protection. Thank you…have a wonderful day! ~ Judy

  6. so thrilled I found you!! thanks for stopping by my blog–and loving my dresser project—going to look at all of your goodies!!– I am your newest follower!!

  7. Fabulous, Judy! I love the simple distressed look and the way you did this makes it looks, for sure, like a vintage piece! Bravo!! Or is it “brava”? Never did get that right!

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