At my recent treasure hunt I found a steal of a deal that kept drawing me in to purchase. I had never been to the thrift store ARC in our area. Many of the preschool teachers I coach told me it’s the best place to buy their clothes that are fashionable yet are cheap enough they don’t care if they get messed up by fingerprint, chalk, and other art mediums.
I went to the ARC on a Saturday and discovered everything in the store with a few exceptions was 50% off! Mind you, this is their deal EVERY Saturday. I was amazed at the large quantity of inventory in every department. The furniture and home decor is the area I chose because of my penchant for fixing and restoring home furnishings.
I stumbled across this plain old wood desk. The price tag read $12.00. With a 50% discount that would only be $6.00.
I keep vascillating about buying this desk; seems like a steal, right? As I turned to walk down the aisle to think about buying the desk I stumbled up on this set of 4 chairs at a mere $6.oo apiece. Again, 50% off would make the chair a mere $3.00.
So for $9.00 I could walk away with a desk and chair. It’s a no brainer. I bought the pair and already knew what I wanted to do with it.
The seat of the chair, technically called the “rush seat,” was pretty dirty so I scrubbed it with Simple Green. I inspected the chair afterwards and decided to stain it white. I used a Rustoleum wood stain in unbleached that I picked up at Hobby Lobby. The color amped up the chair right away.
I am obsessed with chalk paint after taking a few Annie Sloan workshops so I used Annie Sloan Old White on the base and legs of the chair. I am old-school in regards to sanding. Annie Sloan chalk paint needs no sanding but I lightly sanded the chair and desk as a force of habit.
I have seen so many ombre painting techniques and felt the ladder back chair was a perfect chair to develop the ombre effect.
I used Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink for the base paint. I added one part Annie Sloan Pure White for the second rung, two parts Pure White for the third rung and three parts Pure White for the fourth rung.
I painted the entire desk with Pure White.
I bought 4 of these gems for desk knobs at Hobby Lobby for $4.99 each. Yep, more than the cost of the desk, but I couldn’t resist them!
I took the lightest of the pinks of the ombre for a stencil on top of the desk. After the stencil dried I applied clear wax to the entire desk and drawers.
Hope you enjoyed my ugly duckling transformation. Thanks for stopping by and comment if you can!