Welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, beautiful friends! Today, I have a child’s oak desk makeover to share with you! My friends have makeovers of their own to share also, so be on the lookout for four more trashy makeovers at the bottom!
I found this oak desk at the thrift store for $5 about seven years ago. At the time, Jack needed something to house his gaming console and TV, and this fit the bill. Over the summer, we reorganized his room and were able to finally get this desk out of there. Then, a couple of weekends ago, I stopped by a yard sale in our neighborhood and found this chair that worked perfectly with it for $5 as well:
Not a bad set for $10, eh? But could we make it cute??
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Like most makeovers, I started this one with a thorough cleaning. Anything that lives in our garage for any length of time ends up disgusting and this desk was no exception:
To clean, I mix one TBSP of White Lightning cleaner into a tub filled with a half gallon of warm water. Once I’ve cleaned all over, I swap the water out for clean water and wipe down once more to rinse away any remaining dirt and residue. Gloves are recommended.
Usually when using chalk mineral paint, there is no need to sand prior or prime. However, with older pieces, the rules change a little. With older red woods like cherry and mahogany as well as old oak, you will save a lot of time and trouble if you prime first with BOSS stain blocker. Those older woods love to bleed through!
I gave just the desk a coat of white BOSS (also available in Clear and Gray) and let it sit overnight.
I love Tea Rose, but I wanted to use the Hello Baby transfer and was going for the color in the floral at the top of that page of transfers, so I decided to lighten it up a bit.
The desk and the chair were painted in the Tea Rose/Fluff mix. As you can see, the chair did not need to be primed with BOSS first:
Adding a stripe
I do love adding some whimsy with stripes since it is so easy to do! I especially like the look for children’s pieces.
To add stripes, I used my favorite painting tape, FrogTape for delicate surfaces. (NOT the green one!! You want the yellow!)
Be sure to pull the tape off immediately after applying the final coat of paint, while it is still wet…
Perfect stripes every time!
See how I easily measure them out HERE!
Here’s a peek at the before of the top:
The soft stripes are so much better!
Once I had the stripes done, I lightly sanded all over with a sanding sponge:
These sanding sponges are super fine grit and perfect for smoothing out your chalk painted surface without distressing. If you prefer a more distressed look, opt for traditional 220 grit sandpaper instead.
I wanted a nice, clean look for this set.
Plan the Transfer layout
I was then ready to plan my transfer layout. I chose the Hello Baby transfer for this set. It is so cute and comes with several pieces you can play with!
For this piece, I wanted to use the sweet little bear. It took me a bit to decide on the layout, but then I laid the pieces out how I wanted…
I really wanted to make a matching set, so for that I needed another bear and ended up opening another Hello Baby transfer to get one. But then I got more flowers to play with too! I’ll eventually use the rest of the pieces on something.
I burnished all the pieces in place using the enclosed tool:
Once I had everything transferred, I sealed with Satin Clear Coat using the blue sponge applicator to apply it. I will likely go back over at least the top of the desk with Gator Hide for extra protection as I expect this to take some abuse. **NOTE: Do not use Gator Hide directly over transfers as the water repellent properties in Gator Hide can cause transfers to lift. If you need the tough protection that Gator Hide offers, apply a coat of Clear Coat first over your transfer.
Let’s see it now!
I did turn out cute, no?
One thing I wasn’t too in love with were the rollers on the legs. However, when I removed them, the desk was too low for the chair, so they had to stay.
I added a little gold gilding wax to fancy them up a bit:
That did help!
I used the bears on the top of the desk and the chair…
The butterflies I used came from the Papillon Collection transfer.
For the back of the chair, I used these sweet friends and another butterfly…
But the bear is my favorite!
The interior of the desk was painted to match, but I added another floral from this transfer in there…
I am really pleased with how well this Tea Rose/Fluff mix worked with this transfer!
I couldn’t imagine a happier ending for this pair!
Don’t forget to check out what my friends are making over today!
I love doing sets for littles! This one might be my favorite:
See what I did with it HERE!
I’ve been shopping and I think I’ve finally got enough for my next haul.
Now if only the rain holds out in the next couple of days so I can photograph it! I’m hoping to share what I found on Thursday!!
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