Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kneehole Desk {A Before & After}

Auctions are my all time favorite place to find great things.
If you've never been to an auction, you should try it!

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You'll be hooked in no time!

I won this little cutie, back in August.



The hardware was dainty and delicate... 

I loved the carved trim...

The rest, eh, not so much.

Nothing a little bit of paint can't cure!

Eva wanted a pink desk.

She was very specific about that - and pouted 
when I said it really wouldn't match.

{I had been picturing it white.}

But, she turned those sad doe eyes on me and I couldn't say no.

But, I didn't have any of La Craie's Debutante - and the retailer I use - Shannon @ Fox Hollow Cottage - was on a dreamy vacation in Hawaii.

What's a girl to do?

Mix it herself and pray for the best, of course!

I added a wee bit of red acrylic to La Craie Magnolia and started painting.

Two coats later and it was looking a lot better.

I actually liked the pink.

{Good job, Eva!}

But I wanted to do something different.

So I stared at it.

And a lightbulb went off.

What about having a built in desk calendar/place to keep reminders?


So I taped off the top.

And rolled on three coats of Chalkboard Paint.

TIP:  To minimize bleeding under the tape, make sure you really press down along the edges and paint AWAY from the tape.

Then I waited three days for it to cure.

Eva loves it!

For now, she can use it to make her little lists 
(she has lists of EVERYTHING from her favorite flowers to her best friends.  Wonder where she gets that from?  LOL!) and doodle on.

When she gets older, it'll be a great place 
to use as a built in desk top calendar to write down 
reminders of projects that are due, extra curricular activities, etc.

And by placing the chalkboards on each side, she still has the center surface to put her iPad (because they don't use notebooks and text books anymore in our school district) while she works.

I think it gives a little bit of uniqueness to an otherwise so-so desk - 
since I couldn't glaze/dark wax the carved trim because 
that would be making it look "old".  


And it's great for Eva's new Study Station...

From blah to pretty neat in three easy steps:

And a great place to study, create, and daydream in her bedroom.

You can see more of her room HERE.

Have a great day everyone and don't forget to...


  1. Laura, this is amazing! I love the chalkboard inlays - you are always a source of creative inspiration!

  2. This is a fantastic idea, Laura! You are good!! I love the shade the paint turned out to be...Eva must be in heaven! :)


  3. Very cute! I love how it turned out, looking oh so good in a fresh coat of white paint. The calkbaord was a great idea and I love the hardware and the legs - so sweet.

  4. Well, it's a good this you are such a smarty pants ;) Sorry for being MIA! It looks divine and I love your chalkboard twist. That Eva has one talented mom!!

  5. Such a sweet space! I love the chalkboard idea. All kids love to doodle (even us big ones)...

  6. I love how it turned out! I painted my desk with chalkboard paint too. Following now...

  7. Eva's room and new desk are lovely. I also like the creative way you hung the curtains in the next post. She is one lucky girl!

  8. That is seriously so cool! The chalkboard is such a great idea"

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