Chalk Painted Chalkboard Desk (thrifty makeover)

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How fun does a chalk painted, chalkboard desk sound for kids? Very fun! See how I made one today.

Happy Tuesday Friends!

I’m gonna get a little serious for a minute, y’all.
Then we’ll be onto the furniture makeover, promise. ;)


Today is September 15th.
And on this day, five years ago, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In some ways it’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years, and in others, not so much.
My life was changed in ways that I can’t even begin to describe in a just few sentences here.
What I can express is how thankful I am to be cancer free and healthy 5 years later.
And since October (“Pinktober”) is upon us, I thought I’d mention this….
I wrote a post about my story here on the blog a couple years ago. If you haven’t read it, it’s really more about awareness.
An awareness of breast issues and health that I didn’t know previous to my diagnosis.
Thankfully, things have changed somewhat for other women out there today. But not enough.
My story describes how I slipped through the cracks because I didn’t know basic facts. (and because my Drs. allowed it)
I shared my story in hopes of helping others with information I had discovered since diagnosis.
It was very hard for me to open up and put myself “out there” (as it is even hard to write this paragraph about it now).
But I have had many reach out to me since, thanking me for giving them information they had never known.
So, for that, I am grateful.
I’d be lying if I said I never got the urge to delete that incredibly open and very personal post(s) of mine.
But I won’t delete it. I believe it is still of use to many and that is more important than any nerves or vulnerability that I may feel.
Because even though it’s “my story”, it’s not really about me.
You can read it here … “My Story – Breast Cancer Awareness and What It Means to Me


I was going through some old photos the other day and found an old project I did a few years back.
I had to share with you because of how terrible it looked to begin with.

I’ve gotten a little bit “pickier” these days but I still come across, and buy, some real winners! ;)

Here it the Chalk Painted Chalkboard Desk…..

Chalkboard Desk - Cute idea for a kid's desk - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

And here is what it looked like when I found it.

Chalkboard Desk - BEFORE - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule

Yep, that one underneath there.

Isn’t it pretty? Heh, heh..not so much.

Someone had fun some with nail polish on that one!

Chalkboard Desk - BEFORE Makeover - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule

I paid $9.98 for it.
It is solid wood but wow, it was icky, yucky, yuck.

I cleaned it up and painted it with Napoleonic Blue (Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan) for the base……
(it seemed like a “boy” desk to me ~ even though it had NAIL POLISH painted on it ~ so I went with blue)

Chalkboard Desk - Napoleonic Blue and Graphite Chalk Paint - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

….and I used Graphite on the top, which is what made it a “chalkboard”.
I let that part unsealed and sealed the blue with Clear wax.
Leaving the Graphite unsealed will give you a “chalkboard” type finish.
OR you can just use Chalkboard Paint. (most big box stores have that in a liquid or spray)

I did do about 3 coats of the Graphite for durability, however.

What a difference a little paint makes, right? Always.

Chalkboard Desk - Cute makeover for kids room - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

How fun to have a chalkboard on the top of a desk to scribble on.
I think kids would love that.

Want to know about 26 other chalk style paints?
I’ve got the low down for you right here! >>> 26 Types of Chalk Style Paint For Furniture

I sprayed the hardware with my favorite, Oil Rubbed Bronze.
You can read about all the other things I’ve used this paint on here…. “Many Uses for Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze”

Since it was built with a very rustic design, I decided to sand a bit to distress the edges.

Chalkboard Desk - Up close of distressing - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

Cute little desk now.

Chalkboard Desk - Make the top of the desk a chalkboard - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

This desk had the perfect top for turning it into a chalkboard.
I imagine you could do this with other desks too.

Anyway, excuse the gold walls and terrible photos.
I think it’s been about 5 years ago that I painted this one.

I have since painted my walls (again) in this room (the study) and actually have a 99% complete built in bookcase right where it’s sitting!

So, all that’s left for me to do on the built in is caulk and paint!

My husband has done his part so now it’s all me. ;)
I’m hoping to have it done and decorated soon so I can finally, after a long time in the making, share it here on the blog.

So if you have little ones around, consider painting the top of their desk with chalkboard paint for a fun change.
I think they would enjoy it!

Chalkboard Desk - Make the top of the desk a chalkboard - $10 thrifty find - artsychicksrule #chalkpaint #graphite #napoleonicblue

I love that Napoleonic Blue. Isn’t it a beautiful shade?
I think I need to try it on another piece very soon.

I’ll see you all later this week with a little makeover I just completed for the Coastal Master Bedroom Makeover.

OH, but first….  have y’all entered the Annie Sloan giveaway yet? It’s so easy, all you have to do to enter is upload a photo of an Annie Sloan project you’ve completed.
That’s it.
Have you painted something with it? Share it and you’re automatically entered. (or just pop over and check out all the pretty things everyone else has shared)
Anyway, I just wanted to mention that again in case you guys missed it.
For all the details, and the gallery of photos, see this post here –> “Secretary Desk Makeover w/Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®

Have a great week and I’ll see you guys on Thursday with this!!

UPDATE!!! See it now, here!!


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  1. I absolutely adore your posts! You have become my role model! I have just started tinkering with chalk paint. At 66 yy, my hands are not as steady as they once were, so text and script give me a run for my money. I can’t seem to find a transfer/decal method that works for me, still tinkering.
    It is wonderful that, although you “fell through the cracks” you are doing well. Bravo! Thanks for the informative blogs. Bookmarked!

    1. Aw thank you Carol! That makes me so happy to hear!! I love that you are playing with Chalk Paint. It’s so much fun and such a feeling of accomplishment too.
      For the graphics/text, are you doing small pieces? I know Etsy is a good place to find stencils that look very similar to some of the hand painted graphics I do on the blog. Those are much easier! I’ve actually considered a few. Also, if doing smaller pieces, you could try Waterslide Decal paper. (I think Amazon has it). It will also give a similar look and doesn’t require hand painting in. I’ve done a project or two on the blog with it.
      Thank you again and blessings to you!!! :)

  2. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! I celebrated my 5 yr survivorship (is that a word?) on May 18th of this year. Its great to be here to celebrate every day!

  3. Nancy, congratulations on your 5 year mark! I, along with your many family, friends and blog followers, am SO grateful you are doing so well! Love you! xo

    P.S. The blue desk is perfect for a young boy’s room!

  4. Congratulations Nancy on your 5 Year Anniversary and much thanks to you for sharing your story with all of us. You are an Amazing, Positive Woman and my wish for you is that you have many many more Anniversaries ahead of you to Celebrate.

    My mother at age 86 was diagnosed with Breast Cancer by non other than my daughter who, at that time was 27 and had graduated several years before in Radiation Oncology. She was, employed in that field, at the same hospital that did not catch the white spots on her mammogram. The doctor that read the film either did not see it, or was so involved with other things, he was not truly giving his job his undivided attention. When my moms letter came advising her she had a clear test I called my daughter at her home and let her know the results. She went into work the next day and checked out my mothers film and saw the cancer with her own eyes. She brought the film to us and pointed out the group of 5 small round white spots on the film and said “THIS IS CANCER”. She was furious and called my moms doctor and told him the reading was incorrect and her grandmother, who helped me raise her and her brother while I worked three jobs to keep our heads above water, did have cancer.

    It was on the day before Thanksgiving my mom had her breast completely removed to avoid her having to go thru normal cancer treatments. Our doctor told us that the cancer was small because my daughter caught it early. The previous mammogram was checked and the white specks were not shown on that previous film. Because her doctor knew my mom was an insulin diabetic and had a very bad heart he told us that he and the surgeon, who had also treated my mom before, felt making sure they got it all that the entire breast would have to be removed. My mom did well with the surgery and she died at 89 with a massive heart attack. Her doctor told us that the cancer would not be what killed her and they just felt her health was too bad to put her thru all the treatments and that was the reason for removing the entire breast.

    The main reason why I told you this story was that sometimes even though you get the all clear, if you for any reason feel uneasy, it is to your benefit to let your feelings known. Don’t just keep your feelings to yourself and insist someone check those films again. After all doctors are human and can make mistakes just like anyone. It is your life they hold in their hands but you are the one who knows your body the best so don’t be afraid to stand up to them and insist they check it out if you are suspicious. Women have an amazing ability to hear that little voice telling them something is wrong. Please listen to that voice.

    And Nancy, by the way the desk is beautiful. Sorry I got so caught up in passing this information onto your followers, I forgot all about why I was posting a comment. :)

    Keep on smiling,


    1. Hi Marsha!
      Thank you!! And wow, what a story that is.
      Sad to know it happens all too often but you are so right. Drs are only human and we really need to pay attention and listen to that little voice inside.
      I totally agree with you on that. Women do have an amazing ability to hear that voice! I heard it and dismissed it for a bit (thankfully not for too long) because I wanted it to be okay.
      I think many probably do the same.
      I am so happy you took the time to share your Mom’s story and your thoughts for the readers here.
      You never know who you will touch with your words. :)
      Many Blessings to you,

  5. Hi Nancy, congratulations on your 5year survivor mark. I am just beginning my journey at 48. I found a lump on my chest wall on June 2/15 and had surgery on Aug.14/15. I was HER2 positive so I started my first round of chemo on Sept.9/15 and if all stays on track, will have my last one on Dec. 23/15. I then will have radiation and stay on Herceptin for a year. Thank you so much for inspiring all women with openness and your AMAZING talent!! May God continue to bless you with health and happiness,


    1. Hi Lynne,
      Thank you!
      I am sorry you are on this journey but I hope that things will go smoothly for you in the coming months (and the coming year).
      And thank you for the very kind words too. Much appreciated. :)
      Blessings to you!!

  6. Congratulations on your five year anniversary Nancy! I’m glad you decided to keep your post on the blog because I have no doubt it has touched and empowered many women.

    Love the makeover you gave the desk too. The Napoleonic Blue is stunning and the chalkboard top is smart!

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