Thursday, July 9, 2015

Grey Desk

I have an extremely soft spot for desks. Especially all solid wood desks. I feel they are so versatile. You could put them in a living room, bedroom, entry way, etc. I also love to find a unique, fun chair to upholster to match my vision for the desk as well. They are also fairly easy for me to carry and transport by myself compared to a huge, heavy dresser.

I came across this cute desk at the local Goodwill. It was a great price and from what I could tell it was solid wood underneath the paint. I completely sanded down the top of the desk and it was solid wood! I wish I would have taken more pictures of the beautiful grain it had. I used my favorite General Finishes Java gel stain (one coat) and sealed it with Varathane Polyurethane 3X in gloss. For polyurethane, I apply the first coat with a foam brush and let it completely dry. I sand it lightly with 220 grit sand paper and then continually apply more coats until I am happy with how it looks.

Since this was already painted, I lightly sanded with my Ryobi orbital sander with 150 grit to lightly rough the surface so my new paint would stick. For my paint choice, I went with Behr's Orion Gray in flat and mixed up my own chalk paint with Plaster of Paris. I loved how the color contrasted with the wood top. I then sealed the entire desk with furniture wax. I apply it with no-lint clothes.

Next was the chair. I painted the frame and selected this fabric from Jo-Ann's for the seat and sealed that in wax as well. The colors in the fabric appealed to me the most and I love the fun shapes.

I couldn't believe how fast this desk sold on a local Facebook group. It was picked up in about 12 hours from when I listed it. Most of my staging items have come from local antique stores and auctions. One of my goals with staging is to try to have a piece that matches the hardware. The cast iron piece in the center of the desk is my absolute favorite staging item that I got from an auction. I always feel that I could improve my staging and maybe add more around my piece. What are your thoughts on it?

Thanks for reading,
Shayla Martin


  1. Hi Shayla,
    Just saw your desk on The Crowned Goat. Your post sounds like the one I just posted! You did a wonderful job with the desk and all the furniture I saw on your site. Nice blog!

    1. Thank you so much Terri! I am perusing through your blog as well, love all the furniture!

  2. This came out so cute! I love the wood top paired with the gray. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much Falon! I was hesitant with this combination, but absolutely fell in love with it after I saw it all together. Hope you are having a nice week!

  3. I love the colour of the wood. I am about to start refinishing an old wooden teacher's desk myself and would like to copy that - tell me more about how you made the chalk paint. Did you mix plaster of paris into the Behr gray paint, and if so, any idea how much?