Saturday, March 24, 2012

Guest Bedroom Desk Makeover

Another piece of furniture got a makeover for the guest bedroom in our basement.


Our guest bedroom is still evolving as I search for affordable items to use but today I am sharing the newest addition. I painted this desk/table with Benjamin Moore Cloud White in eggshell and mixed in plaster of paris to make homemade chalk paint. I read that the trick with using plaster of paris is to mix the powder in with the water really well first. Then add the one part of water/p.o.p. to 3 parts of paint. It worked great this way for me-no lumps! I waxed the top with Minwax paste wax. At this time I am choosing not to distress it but I may change my mind (I'm not sure if I want the maple showing through.)


Our carpet is more of a grey shade and will be staying for now (the lighting was challenging today.) The baseboard and door trim still needs painting too. 



This is the seller's before shot. I think it is a great piece for $25, solid maple and very well built. (Regional prices on sites like kijiji and Craigslist vary, but I find our local prices fairly high when comparing ours to many I see in blogland.) I hesitated painting it but the colour wasn't working for us. I switched out the wood drawer knobs for glass knobs ($1.50 each at Michaels last summer.)



It fits nicely in this spot in the guest room, but I have been known to move things around ;) This will be a nice little spot for guests to use their laptop or write a note. 


I am working on a mirror or chalkboard for the wall behind the desk and just need to decide which would look better. We also have a Windsor hoop back chair that would look cute painted and used here. White or aqua? hmmm


The little lamp is one I made from an old mason jar and a lamp kit. (The lighting is making the photos appear more yellow than they are.)


I think it turned out quite well for $25 and some leftover paint. I ended up selling the cute antique dresser I bought at the same time as this table. I got it for $60 and resold it as is for $180. I had trouble deciding where to put it and couldn't pass up the offer. In trying to get a little side business going I am learning that to make money you can't keep every piece that comes along. But for now I will be keeping this little desk.

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21 comments:

  1. Elizabeth, the desk is so pretty in white and I love the new knobs!! Great job.

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  2. Elizabeth, that table is adorable. You did a lovely job painting it. I like the glass knobs too. I have 3 lamps made from large mason jars and light kits. Aren't they great? Have a nice weekend! Pamela

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  3. The desk is gorgeous!! I just may have to get brave and try some homemade chalk paint too. You've inspired me! :)

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  4. I love the desk! The knobs are just perfect. I pinned this so I can remember how to make chalk paint. Thanks!

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  5. Completely different! The knobs are darling!

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  6. I am a huge fan of the makeover! I think everything looks great when paint white and those knobs are darling! I can't believe they were only $1.50! :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  7. The paint looks like it worked great! I love the makeover!
    Debbie

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  8. Elizabeth ... Much prettier in cloud white. Good tip on the Chalk paint. Thx.

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  9. Hi Elizabeth,
    Great makeover, love the painting!
    The knobs are perfect..You styled it so pretty for your guest room.
    I love the size of it!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  10. Wow, this is beautiful! What a fresh, lovely redo. You did a wonderful job. And the glass knobs just finish off the perfection. :-)

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  11. That desk looks so much better in it's new shade of white. I love painted white furniture anyway. The little crystal knobs are perfect on it too. Love the little book bundle on it.

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  12. What a great transformation! I love it! Thanks for the tip on making chalk paint. I think I may have to give it a try.

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  13. Soooo cute, Maria! You did a fabulous job on this darling desk! I'm really loving that BM color! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  14. Love this desk!!! I have seen similar ones on my flea market trips, next time I see one, it's mine!

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  15. that is adorable! and i am loving all the yellow touches- they are so happy happy!

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  16. Your desk is so sweet and perfect for a guest room!
    Mary Alice

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  17. So simple, yet so pretty. Great makeover. Im now following since seeing you over at White Wednesday. Please come visit me and maybe follow back at PICKINandPAINTIN.blogspot.com.
    THANKS. 8-)

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  18. Looks adorable Elizabeth!
    Would love for you to stop by late tonight and link up to my Creative Inspirations linky party! I would love to see you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  19. Love the little desk makeover, really love the new knobs!

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  20. This looks so pretty. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. I am visiting u via Wow Us Wednesdays.

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