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Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint

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A while back I had refreshed my older daughter’s room. She is a lover of blue so we had painted the room a sweet shade of blue and made all sorts of small changes here and there.   I had even done a tour of the room. 

My daughter is a wonderful girl and but has very strong opinions about what she likes and what she doesn’t.  I had redone her chair in this post and dared to ask if I could redo the desk as well.  Let’s just say I didn’t stand a chance.

My girl loves color in her room so I was really surprised that she was content with that boring desk. But she was adamant.  No painting!  So you can imagine my surprise when one day out of the blue she said “yes mom, it’s time to paint it”.  And this is how the Fabulous Ikea desk makeover with chalky finish paint came about.
Desk before, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
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The desk was a cheapo from Ikea.  I don’t even remember the name, only that it cost practically nothing and it was made with particleboard.  When we bought it we were looking for something small to add to an already overcrowded, small room. You can see it has a keyboard shelf underneath.  But that’s about all. And of course the color is booooring! 

Of course we were going to paint it blue!
Before painting, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
I used my favorite Americana Decor chalky finish paint by DecoArt.  Even the paint name is perfect… Escape!
Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint Escape, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
After two coats it looked like this. I also added an acrylic varnish finish to protect the top from the abuse it will surely get.
After 2 coats of paint, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
The keyboard shelf was painted in DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Everlasting which is basically a simple pure white to contrast with the blue.
Painting the keyboard shelf, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
But I was not happy.  Still too dull.  I wanted to add some interest to the keyboard shelf.  My girl said I should write the word “FABULOUS” on there.  It’s her word of the moment.  Everything is “FABULOUS” according to her.

But I knew that would not be enough.  Instead I unearthed an old Marshall’s shopping bag.  I love those bags, they are so full of character.   See it on the floor next to the desk?  There’s my inspiration.

Isn’t it “FABULOUS”?
the inspirational shopping bag, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
And so taking my cue from that bag, I decided to decoupage the circles of the bag onto the shelf.  By using a plate as a template, I simply drew outlines around the areas I wanted cut out.
using plates as templates, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
Cutting the circles proved to be the easy part. As for gluing them on, this was easier said than done.  I couldn’t find my mod podge.  I know I had some in New York, but I am not in New York right now, so it does me no good!  I found some glue but ended up adding too much water and made it so thin that the circles wouldn’t stick to the shelf – no matter how many coats of glue I added.

To top it all off it was raining on and off.  Moisture is just great for projects – Not!
the cut outs, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
Finally after much hair pulling and evil glares at the shelf, I ended up with this. Well, actually I had to go out and buy the European equivalent of mod podge. I applied three coats of it.  And I even added a “FAB-U-L-OUS” with the use of DecoArt Stencils in Whimsical Delight, to make my girl happy!
cut outs and letters, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
I have to admit, although I really wanted to paint that desk, the shelf almost did me in!
closeup of top of desk, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
Doesn’t that “FABULOUS” color make you want to escape? 
top of desk, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
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finished desk, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
Here you can see that I painted the brackets that hold the shelf too.  The one attached to the desk was painted Escape blue to blend in with the desk and the bracket on the shelf was painted white.
looking at the brackets, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
center view of desk, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
close up of edge, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
side view, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
And everyone is happy!  I have my mod podged circles and she has her “FAB-U-L-OUS”!
looking at the keyboard shelf, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com

This is such a sweet blue color. It will make the perfect addition to her colorful room.
view from the top, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
It may have taken a week to finish this what with all the rain and the mod podge mishap but it is finally done …

And as my daughter would say “it is FABULOUS”!!

And I have to agree with her, this is such a great color it instantly brightened up our mood even on a rainy day.
An Ikea desk makeover, Fabulous Ikea Desk Makeover with Chalky Finish Paint, thebookdocksblog.com
The desk is back in my daughter’s room, she is happy and mama is really happy.

I do believe there is nothing that Chalky Finish paint cannot tackle. This truly is a FABULOUS Ikea desk makeover!

And now I promise not to use the word Fabulous for the next six months!

Now fess up, what did you think of the mod podged shelf?  Yay or Nay?
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Cathy Lawdanski

Sunday 12th of March 2017

Those circles from the Marshall's bag make it! FABULOUS job, Mary!

Mary

Saturday 18th of March 2017

Thank you Cathy! I was lucky to have snatched up that Marshall's bag!

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Sunday 12th of March 2017

What a beautiful desk! And I love the blue colors. I would enjoy a desk like this in my home. Have a great week!

Mary

Saturday 18th of March 2017

Debbie this color reminds us of the greek sea and all the tables that are set out by the beaches.

Katrin

Monday 13th of March 2017

It is truly fabulous Mary! I love that colour and the desk looks so cool with that fun pattern from the bag! I bet your girl loves it!

Mary

Saturday 18th of March 2017

My girl was the one who chose that paint color when she decided it was time to paint Katrin. So it came as no surprise to her that it would turn out "Fabulous"!!

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