Written By Thirty Eighth Street / 1.08.2016
DIY Rustic Farmhouse Desks From A Kitchen Table
I needed a designated quiet space for our kids to complete their homework but there wasn't much room for a traditional sized desk. I had a well loved kitchen farm table that would do just the trick! Full of scratches and nicks, an outdated blond top and a bright green base this table had seen better days. But, I had an idea of how I could make it work for me!
I started by sanding the top of the table down to the original wood. Wiped down the table top, then brushed one coat of General Finishes Water Based Stain in Walnut. This was my first time using a water based stain and I have to say that it went on like a dream! The coverage was superb and clean up was a cinch! The green base was painted in General Finishes new line of Chalk Style Paint in Empire Gray. I've tried several chalk style paints over the years and this one has become a new favorite!
We made our measurements, then marked our line with a chalk line.
Once the table was cut in half, I sanded the table in a few strategic spots to give it a worn in look. Then, sealed BOTH the stained top and the gray chalk style paint with 2 coats of Flat Out Flat. This top coat is incredibly endurable and gives off little to no sheen. If you like the look of wax, you'll be smitten with Flat Out Flat. Plus your arms will thank you because you can kiss that buffing step good-bye! Each of these products are simple and easy to work with and because all of these products are water based, with just a little soap and water, I was done with clean up in minutes!
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Carrie || Thirty Eighth Street
Carrie is the owner and author of Thirty Eighth Street, a blog dedicated to furniture story telling. Filled with tutorials, tips and lots of furniture before and afters, Thirty Eighth Street was created to encourage and inspire her readers to see the full potential of unloved and unwanted furniture. Carrie's work has been featured at HGTV, The Huffington Post, Hometalk, Annie Sloan, General Finishes and several popular DIY blogs. Carrie is a host & judge for The Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest ™ and a regular contributor for Country Chic Paint.