This is what the desk started out as – the raw wood was really pretty in my opinion, but I wanted it to look kind of greywashed.
So, I started by “staining” the wood with some acrylic craft paint (dark brown and black mixed with water) and I just wiped it down with a towel to let some of the wood grain come through.
First it looked like this:
But then I got this – soooo pretty! I could have stopped there and been happy, but I was on a mission for grey-washed!:
I made a “graywash” by adding water to some Annie Sloan paint.
And, I really loved how the wood came out! But, then I hated how it looked with the orange-toned wood on the floor and in the wood blinds. oops! So, then I decided to paint the desk in Chateau Grey, which is the exact color the armoire is painted. It’s a very green gray – not my favorite gray, but I thought it would be cool if the two pieces matched.
So, I painted the whole thing Chateau Grey, then I waxed it and buffed it before church on Sunday morning while Derm Dad made an amazing breakfast.
Then I hated how green everything looked, so I painted Coco on top of the Chateau Grey on the desk. I only had a test pot of Coco, so I need to buy more in order to repaint the armoire, but I will say that painting has been totally fun and not burdensome. I do love using the AS chalk paint!
Meanwhile, Derm Dad is adding baseboards to my bookcases in the living room.
See the rest of our new house tour HERE.