School Desk - $21.00
I have been looking for a school desk for my son. I found one listed on Craigslist for $20.00 and after a few issues with the seller forgetting to meet me twice, I was able to buy the desk for $10.00. It was in good condition, very sturdy with a few cracks and in need of refinishing.
I knew I wanted to paint it Robin’s Egg Blue, with a chalkboard desktop. A trip to the hardware store was necessary to purchase paint. I bought Behr Liquid Blue in satin finish. The paint cost $11.00 for a quart, it was more than the desk. However, I have most of the paint left and am earnestly looking for more items to paint blue, it is a beautiful color.
First order of business was to clean the gum off the bottom, sand and prime. After cleaning and sanding, I put on a coat of Kilz primer.
Then two coats of Liquid Blue and four coats of chalkboard paint later. I applied the chalkboard paint with foam brush, for a even smooth finish.
Lastly, I did some distressing. I sanded off parts of the paint where it would have naturally rubbed off from use. I hand sanded the edges and corners using 150 grit sandpaper.