Friday, February 22, 2013

Antique Library Desk

A few posts ago I mentioned Chalex {chalk paint+latex}.  Well, I am hooked!  I tried out a new chalex recipe on this beautiful antique library desk.

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Here’s how the desk looked before she was livened up with color…


library before
When I first spotted her, I imagined a gorgeous chippy turquoise {not too blue, not too green} and dark antique hardware. 

library front
I achieved the finish by mixing Valspar Secluded Garden, ASCP Chateau Gray, ASCP Aubusson Blue, and CC Pittsburgh Gray.  I then broke out my favorite mouse sander and went to town.  The desk was sealed with clear wax and subtle hints of dark wax around the edges.

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library side
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I love an unusual find like this and paired with a bright finish = perfection!

11 comments:

  1. What lovely bones! And that's the perfect color, too!

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  2. Wow! The "freedom" you get from mixing your own colors with all the different paints! You waxed and distressed it to perfection!

    Have a great weekend,
    June G.

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  3. Anonymous2/28/2013

    Hi there,
    Do you have a "ratio" of latex and chalk paint to go by?

    Thank you!

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    1. I mixed about 50/50 and it worked great!

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  4. I love the library desk! What a gorgeous shape and you selected a perfect color for it. Found you through Blue Egg Brown Nest!

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  5. What a gorgeous piece of furniture. Love how you mixed the colors to achieve a one-of-a-kind finish! What a great statement piece. Found you and gave you a like on MMS FFF!

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  6. This piece is awesome, im jealous of your find

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  7. Beautiful piece of furniture and the finish is lovely. Now i have a new word in my vocabulary, too! Chalex. Has a ring to it.

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  8. This is totally my style. I love it :))))

    So this Chalex...you just mix chalk paint with latex paint? Sounds interesting enough. I'm sure I could reinvent all sorts of colors and finishes with all the paint I have laying around! lol.

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxoxoxo
    Jessica
    http://www.thejunknest.blogspot.com

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  9. You did an amazing job on an amazing piece. Can't wait to try your concoction, keep innovating!Katie

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  10. What a pretty and unique desk!

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