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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apple Green Chalkboard Desk

I got this desk from the free section of my local Craigslist.  It had a cute shape, but wasn’t winning any prizes for quality.  I think it’s made of masonite.  The top is pressboard with a laminate top.

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Because I didn’t have any initial monetary investment in the piece, I felt liberated to go a little bit wild with it. 

I got some fabric for $1.50 a yard at Joann’s last week when they had 50% off their red tag clearance fabrics, which gave me the color inspiration:  Apple Green!  I sprayed the original hardware cream, and decided to do a dark green chalkboard top for the desk, inspired by this little beaut by Miss Mustard Seed.

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That chair looking familiar?  It should.  It’s from the same set as the chair for the studded desk I completed not long ago.  (Thanks again, Valerie!!)  It’s his funky twin!  :P

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To do the wavy edge on the chalkboard top, I just cut some painter's tape with scissors down the middle and taped it up like so:

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So… Traditional?

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… or Funky?

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What’s your pleasure?

This project is competing in the Roadkill Rescue Challenge over at The CSI Challenge!


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Also linking to:

Reinvented, The DIY Showoff, Domestically Speaking, Bobby Pins Boardwalk, My Backyard Eden, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Brambleberry Cottage, Somewhat Simple, Miss Mustard Seed, The Shabby Nest, Funky Junk Interiors, The Stories of A to Z

61 comments:

  1. Love it! You can't go wrong with chalkboard paint. Love the green!

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  2. so cute! i change my furniture more than a friend of mine changes her underpants (or so she says....) so depending on my mood and day, i would have either in my house! :)

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  3. I loved the cream one, but the green, my oh my! Adorable!

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  4. How adorable! I love them both! And I really love the chalkboard paint! Such a cute idea!

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  5. Love them both, but the green funky desk is some serious cute!! Great job as usual.
    Lisa

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  6. Love that green fun desk...what a great job you did....ove the painters tape trick there...may have to try that sometime!!~

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  7. I am glad to see you use the word 'funky' to describe the green set, because it is! The thing is, I have used that word on my blog and then I wondered whether its most common meaning in the US was different from the meaning you gave it here (which is the same meaning I gave it on my blog!) lol...in case you were wondering, I was concerned that it might be more commonly used to describe something that smells awful...these furniture finds of ours probably do smell 'funky' when we find them, but after we work our magic, they are FUNKY! :)

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  8. It's beautiful. The chalkboard with this tone of green works great, but then it is all toned down with the beautiful fabric on the chair. I can't imagine a better combination. I love it!

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  9. I LOVE IT!! GOOD JOB! I have more freebies at my house!! you ready yet?

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  10. love the green! I will have to check out that free section on craiglist

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  11. Oh My GOOOOSH! I love these both! You did a wonderful job on them -- and the chairs just complete each set. I also love what you did with the tape. WONDERFUL job!!

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  12. Oh so cute! Show stopper as always!! You have been very instrumental in inspiring me & I am turning my whole house upside down! Excited to take this journey; thanks for the inspiration!!

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  13. this turned out wonderful!!! wow, I love the desk!

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  14. Come on, funky wins hands down! Don't get me wrong the white is fab but the green is just my style! What color did you use?

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  15. I love them both! I think the traditional would be cute if your desk was going to be in the living room, but I can totally see the funky desk in a craft room or teenager's room. Either way, I don't think you could go wrong with either one!

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  16. They are both fabulous desks! The cream so classy and elegant and the apple green so whimsical and just plain fun! Great fabric on the green chair. Love both of them!

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  17. Love the chalkboard top! Great idea!

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  18. Great job! I like them both...'cause I can be traditional and a little funky!

    Thanks for linking to my Time Travel Thursday party.

    If you have any great tips or tricks be sure to link to that party, as well.

    Here are the details:

    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/brambleberry-cottage-linky-party.html

    Hope to see you there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  19. very cute! i love colorful desks. maybe i need one???

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  20. You did a marvelous job with this table and chair. What a wonderful idea!

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  21. Green is my favorite color. I want that desk and chair!

    -Rene

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  22. What a great idea for a kids desk. And the scroll top is also nice with the green color...very ncie!
    Sandy
    thewondersofdoing@blogspot.com

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  23. My daughter would love that apple green desk! We actually used that color on a bunch of her desk accessories :)

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  24. well im a sucker for the green since its about the exact same color i did my desk in last fall. mine has a glass top so no chalkboard paint! its makes me feel more creative so im picking the green! well done :)

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  25. You did an incredible job on these! Love the colors!

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  26. love it and how fun to see two different takes on virtually the same piece. I also work with painted furniture so it is fun to see what others are doing.
    Pam

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  27. I'm in love with the chalkboard. (I'm a teacher.) I'm visiting from Somewhat Simple. I'd love it if you'd stop by and link up to my Home and Family Friday Linky Party. I host each Friday. Hope you'll come join us!

    Becca
    becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com

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  28. This is a great makeover! Well done! Happy Transformation Thursday <3

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  29. that turned out really good! fun green color

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  30. I love it!! The fabric on the chair sets it off perfectly!!

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  31. Love the chalkboard top and the green paint! Cute!! The chair is perfect with it too!

    I'd love for you to show it off on My Magic Friday blog party! www.mymagicmom.com

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  32. I'm sorry, but...





    THAT IS AMAZING!!! LOVE IT !!! GOING TO COPY IMMEDIATELY!!!

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  33. I love your blog, you are so talented I can't wait to see what you do next

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  34. what?!?! this is FANTASTIC! you are some kind of DIY genius!

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  35. LOVE them both, but I adore the apple green! I'm featuring it at the PoPP Spotlight on Saturday.

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  36. both desks are gorgeous...i would be thrilled to have either in my home!

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  37. Sooo awesome! Was it missing drawers? Love the green the best!!!!! (my desk @ home is pink & lime green. it's the best!)
    xoxo,
    Cat @ BudgetBlonde

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  38. Yep that is great! I would have never been so brave to go for that green, but I love it!

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  39. How fun! I love the wavy edge. That sets your idea apart from most I've seen. Love them both!

    Donna

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  40. Love BOTH! It is amazing how paint can totally alter the personality of a piece of furniture~

    Thanks for sharing in our first Fresh Coat Friday, I'm looking forward to seeing what your next project is!

    Holly

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  41. The little green desk is adorable!! And, I love the use of the chalkboard paint. It reminds me of a 1950's desk I painted the same color green and added bright wooden flowers that I cut out of 1/4 in. plywood. It is on my blog if you'd like to see it. Thanks for sharing neat ideas!

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  42. Thanks, Ann Marie! I love bright, happy colors!

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  43. Oh...this turned out super cute! Love the chalkboard on top!

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  44. These are so cute too!
    I am fixing to be your newest follower!
    Leticia

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  45. Super clever. im lovin the colors. this would be perfect for my kiddo. Lovin it!!

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  46. I love the apple green. It's always fun to go a little from the traditional and jazz it up a bit :)

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  47. They both are great. I think the apple green is my favorite one. I love the chalkboard top.

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  48. What a creative idea. Kids like to write on furniture anyway, now there's no excuse not to.

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  49. That is gorgeous! I absolutely love the color.

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  50. I love this! What a great idea to use chalkboard paint on the top. And the chairs are adorable!

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  51. Great job! I love them both, but I'm leaning towards the green!

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  52. Cute! you should link this up to my upcycled Awesome linky party! http://tinyurl.com/Upcycled7

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  53. Love the painter's tape tip! I'm filing that in my memory for later use. I like both desks. So cute! Thanks for linking up :).

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  54. This is so fun. Love your color choices.

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  55. Love them both!
    Yes,I'm still on your blog. Help me! I can't leave!

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  56. Love them both, but the green funky desk is some serious cute!! Great job as usual.

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