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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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  1. Really nice and clever idea!

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

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

  4. The color is the fantastic, looks great!

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


  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!

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

  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

  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 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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