Chalk Paint Desk Makeover


I’m so excited to show you my chalk paint desk makeover today. I bought this desk over a year ago but I never got around to finishing the last little details to show all of you! It’s amazing what a little paint and love can do to an old piece of furniture! I am loving the coral/gold combo lately.

This little piece is going in the naptime studio/craft room and is the perfect little spot to sew or work on little projects. For now it has been keeping my cute little blue typewriter out of storage. ;)

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Here’s what it looked like before. I found it thrifting for $35!

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Here’s how I painted it.

  1. First I removed the hardware and sanded down the edges a little.

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2. Then I mixed up some chalk paint. Recipe here. I used this color of paint:

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3. Next I painted 3 coats of paint, allowing it to dry a couple hours in between each coat.

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4. The last step was spray painting the hardware. I did 3 coats, allowing it to dry in between.

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I let the desk and hardware dry over night and then put it all back together the next day. I love the end result!

I also thought it would be fun to add a bit of pizzaz to the drawers …so those got lined with contact paper for a fun touch.

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Here’s some other close up’s of the desk and collage wall behind it. I also found that cute little white chair while thrifting.

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Here’s some fun inspirational prints I found from around the web. I also have one available for you to download at the bottom of this post. :)

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I’ll share more details from my craft room soon! It’s ALMOST done …after two years! ;)

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Free printable:


Let me know if I’m missing something that you’re looking for and I’ll add it to the list. ;)

Happy crafting!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Erika posted on August 27, 2015 at 6:05 am (#

    such a pretty colour, bubblegum pink/coral!xx

  2. Kimm at Reinvented posted on August 27, 2015 at 10:01 am (#

    Beautiful!  I love the coral and gold combo too.  Someday when I have a dedicated REinvented office, I think coral will be a dominant hue!  :)  Just have to get rid of a couple of kids first… ;)

  3. Jana posted on August 27, 2015 at 9:26 pm (#

    I am LOVING gold and coral right now!  This totally inspires me to make my craft area cute!  

  4. Michelle posted on August 27, 2015 at 11:24 pm (#

    Your craft room is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with this coral and gold desk!!

  5. Miss Achtung posted on August 28, 2015 at 4:03 am (#

    Whooooa so pretty! Now I want a desk. xD

  6. Jenna posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:55 am (#

    I love coral! Totally my favorite color du jour. This makeover is the bomb! Pinning :)

  7. Heather posted on August 28, 2015 at 6:08 pm (#

    This looks so amazing! I love the colors. Was the desk laminate before you painted it? I have a desk I would love to give some new life to it has a laminate top and the drawers are metal. Any suggestions? Thanks

  8. Patricia posted on August 28, 2015 at 9:10 pm (#

    I found a desk very much like yours on the side of the road! Am still trying to figure out a color, to paint it, but seeing your finished desk will inspire me to get busy painting! Great job! 

  9. Crystal posted on August 28, 2015 at 10:20 pm (#

    Love, love, love it all from the color to the handles to the lined drawers!! All so super cute!! Awesome job!!

  10. Betsy @ Happily Ever After, Etc. posted on August 29, 2015 at 5:27 pm (#

    I absolutely love how this turned out! It’s so cute now! I absolutely adore how the little drawer pulls look like little bows… so cute! Great job with the color scheme! Pinning!

  11. Theresa @DearCreatives posted on September 1, 2015 at 2:15 am (#

    I love the lines of the desk. Mid century modern. It looks amazing redone.

  12. TidyMom posted on September 8, 2015 at 7:56 am (#

    Jamielyn I LOVE this!! I have a metal desk I’m wanting to paint, and this would be the perfect color.  Will chalk paint work on metal?