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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sneak Peak: Roll Top Desk

I finally did it, I tried chalk paint! I see what all the fuss is about now, this stuff is really amazing. It coats great, so soft to the touch, and distresses so much easier than regular latex.  I decided to try it on my first roll top - double gamble! I didn't know what I was getting into, luckily the whole process was relatively painless.  Here's a sneak peak:

My mom chose the color (thanks mom!), and I'm so happy about it. I knew that left to my own judgement, this would have probably been the brightest teal in the world. I'm sure that would look great, but it might not match with a lot of peoples homes! Since this was my first roll top, and the first chalk paint experiment, we felt traditional colors would be best. 

Roll tops desk are a lot easier than they look, don't let all those nooks and crannies scare you. I think using the chalk paint was perfect on this, because so much of the interior only needed one coat.   So, I decided to make the chalk paint myself.  For a few reasons: I'm impatient, cheap, and I was generally curious how it would turn out.  I used the recipe from I heart nap time.   It was great - though for me, I had to add a little more water in the beginning.  The plaster of paris sort of turned into a pile of clay, I just added more until it was smooth.

Well - I won't lay it all out here, but look for the full chalk paint tutorial & roll top experience in the next session of the School of Restoration.  Have a great one!

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9 comments:

  1. Really nice and clever idea!

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  2. This is such a fantastic piece! I love the desk, color and distress!

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  3. Looks awesome! Yes, the color we picked is perfect!!! :)

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  4. The color is the fantastic, looks great!

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  5. Mom and you both did good. Welcome to the Chalk Paint Convert Club (CPCC).

    ~Bliss~

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  6. Good for you!!! Your mom has great taste, love the color. It turned out gorgeous, and never has a roll top desk looked so stylin!

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  7. It looks so good Jesse! I'm glad the desk found a makeover, it needed it!

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  8. Thank you alison! I loved it, I'm totally hooked on Roll Tops now.. this was great. Thank you everyone for your kind words :D

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  9. Hi! I'm began working on a roll top desk today and have sanded all but the slats. I was able to take the actual roll top out and lay it flat...how should I proceed after sanding the slats? I'm so afraid of them sticking together or not being able to roll up and down again. Am I over thinking it?
    Thanks for any help!!

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