Plaid Desk

I have been enjoying painting more lately.  I am finally getting some energy back (this pregnancy is really making me exhausted), so I’m painting and getting things done every chance I get while I have this new found energy!  I finally got this desk painted and am so excited to be able to share the transformation with you!

This is how the desk looked when I bought it.  I got it from my friend’s mom’s consignment store.  It actually used to belong to my friend’s dad who passed away several months ago.  

When I first saw it and heard that it belonged to my friend’s father, I didn’t want to buy it.  I was nervous that I would “ruin” it and that I would somehow scar that memory for my friend.  Over thinking, I know.  Anyway, I passed on it the first time I saw it, but decided to buy it when I went into the store the next time.  I’m so glad I did!  I loved working on this desk and especially doing the plaid treatment to the top!  It was so fun!
Here is the desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Chateau Grey.  I wasn’t sure I’d like the color at first, but I totally love it.  It’s sort of an army green.

After painting the whole desk, I started on the plaid treatment.  (I got the idea for the plaid from this awesome coffee table!)  First I started with two wide stripes of ASCP Graphite with two smaller stripes of ASCP French Linen close to the Graphite.

Ones those stripes dried, I did three wide stripes going perpendicular to the first stripes.  I watered down some ASCP Old White and lightly painted the stripes.  I did a custom mixture of Graphite and Louis Blue (I think!) close to the wide white stripes and then went back the other way with a watered down version of that color.  When everything was dry, I sanded the whole top to give it a little more distressed look.

Here is the finished plaid.  I LOVE how it turned out!!

The drawers were painted with Old White and the whole piece was waxed with a mixture of dark and clear wax.  I finished it off with new oil rubbed bronze knobs.

I’m totally loving how this piece turned out!  I haven’t even shown my friend yet, so we’ll see how she responds when she sees this post!  I really hope she likes it!  I like it so much that I wanted to keep it for myself, but I really have no place to put it.  So…it’s for sale along with several other items I’ve recently completed.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!  So glad you’re here!

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  1. WOW!! I LOVE it!!! You did an amazing job!!! I LOVE, LOVE the top!! So different!!

  2. That’s fantastic! I heart all things plaid.

  3. You did a fabulous job! Love the plaid and the color combos.



  4. This turned out great! I may have to try plaid on something now! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I love this!! I follow you on FB and I saw this in my feed earlier but got distracted. I’m glad I came back to take a look! It looks so cool and you did a great job. I like how the thick white stripe kinda looks like a piece of burlap.

  6. I’m so in love with this! I love all the furniture pieces you do :) I’m off to check out your etsy shop!!

  7. Great work on the top! Has this retro feeling! Congrats! Hope you feel better and more energetic…

  8. I love the desk. The plaid treatment it really cool!

  9. I really like the plaid, your desk came out so cute!

    I’m having a FACEBOOK social hop. I’d love for you to hop on over, grab a button and link up your facebook.

    Have a crazy beautiful week!

  10. Oh I love it! That plaid on top is fantastic. It would look so great in a manly study or a boy’s room.

  11. So so so pretty, I love your desk! The plaid is perfect! Thank you for linking up at Happy Hour!
    Jaime from Crafty Scrappy Happy

  12. Okay, now THIS is awesome! I’m totally pinning and saving for a project of my own. I LOVE IT! Came over via Crafty Scrappy Happy!

  13. Love this plaid look! A wonderful and original idea. Love the color choices too. Good for you!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    White Oak Studio Designs/Hand-Painted Vintage Furniture Transformations

  14. I love this and will be featuring it at Wow tomorrow night.

  15. It turned out so good!!! I love the plaid look. :)

  16. Stopping by from Elizabeth & Co. Love the plaid!

  17. Oh my goodness, you are an artist! Love, love, love the plaid, it’s just gorgeous! I saw your feature at Savvy Southern Style and had to come and see this for myself – beautiful! Mary

  18. allison, this looks awesome! i am SO glad that you were able to do something with my dads desk. you’re so talented!

  19. Your desk is just so much fun!

  20. Love that Allison! Saw in on fb and popped over to find out more about that pretty plaid top. I totally want to try that now. You made it look so good.

    I’ve done stripes on top before but never thought of plaid! I love plaid though…why didn’t I think of that? Thanks for the awesome inspiration!
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