Coastal Desk Makeover with Chalk Paint

Today, I am sharing a project I completed last year that I still love – a coastal desk makeover using Country Chic chalk paint! I love, love, love chalk paint for so many reasons so I am extra excited to be show you this coastal desk today. This project was done as a part of the #InspireMyCreativity link up with some other wonderful bloggers, so be sure to check their posts out below too!

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As I was browsing Facebook one night, I came across a post on our local Buy/Sell Facebook group of someone giving away a FREE desk. She said that it was given to her by a family member, but it was now just taking up space so she was hoping to pass it along to the first person who could come and pick it up. She ended up living right around the corner from me (in an apartment building right across the street from where I used to live!) so I was snatched it up. It was missing a knob and had some scratches on it, but it was it otherwise great condition. I shared a straight-from-the-listing shot of it on Instagram:

Seriously though, I didn’t need another desk to paint. I bought one (from the same buy and sell group) earlier in April and I still have yet to paint it, BUT, I loved the bones on this one and couldn’t pass up FREE! I originally planed on using it as a TV stand in the living room, but then we ended up buying a TV stand with a fireplace over the winter that I LOVE, so this will head down to the basement once we finish it. After I sneaked brought it home, I went straight to Pinterest to gather up some inspiration for my desk – which is when I decided to go for a coastal desk.

Since we do live right near the beautiful Georgian Bay, I’m trying to bring in a bit of a coastal/nautical feel with light, airy colours and lots of blue hues into our home. No one would ever know that my favourite colour is actually PINK (well, unless you saw my pink and gold home office inspiration) but I’ve made a promise to Sean that I won’t paint any walls pink, and he rolls his eyes when I show him any pink decor, so blue is the next best thing!

I found a TON of inspiration on Pinterest, and just looking at my Beautiful Paint Transformations board, you can see where my mind was going with this… BLUE!

I had a Friday off work a few weeks ago, which is an unusual thing for me! I took a bit of a mini road trip (only about half an hour away from home) to a few stores that I had found online that carried different brands of chalk paint. Until this point, I’ve only ever used FAT Chalk Paint and different brands you could buy at Michaels. Since this was a bigger project, I wanted to get a fresh pint of paint so I didn’t have to worry about running out midway through painting my coastal inspired desk. I REALLY wanted to use Either Caribbean or Robyn’s Egg Blue from FAT, but the store I went to didn’t end up carrying either one 🙁 Boo. So, I headed to my next stop that carried Country Chic Chalk Paint! It took quite a bit of time and chatting with the lovely shop owner before I decided on a colour: Icicle.

Once I got home, I was ready to paint! The desk was really in pretty decent shape, other than some stains and small scratches on it. I gave it a light sanding with a sanding block and then started painting! That’s what I LOVE about chalk paint – super easy prep work!

Coastal Desk Makeover with Chalk Paint

I did two very light coats with a paint roller on the desk top and drawers, but then I switched to a good ol’ paint brush. I found it was much easier to control how much paint went on, and despite the fact that it takes longer to do each coat, I felt like each coat was applied better with the brush. There were some visible brush strokes that I couldn’t sand out, but I had a way to fix that 😉

Coastal Desk Makeover with Chalk Paint

Icicle is a very light blue, or according to Sean, ‘basically white with a bit of blue’ – I definitely see more blue than white! I was LOVING the Icicle Blue, but I still wanted to add a bit more to it. Painted and distressed map on the top? Pallet wood accents? White wash? Since I had never tried the latter.. I went for a white wash! I mixed some white chalk paint I had on hand with some water, brushed it on, and then pretty much wiped it right off. It made a very subtle difference, but it was just the right pop of white. Once that had dried, I distressed a few area on the desk and put it all back together.

Coastal Desk Makeover with Chalk Paint

This is a terrible photo, but I LOVE how it my coastal desk makeover turned out! I still need to find some new knobs for it though, because on my last trip to Hobby Lobby they weren’t on sale AND I couldn’t find any I LOVED. I can’t wait to start pulling the entire living room together, and this coastal inspired desk makeover will really get things started! I may end up adding some palette wood on the top, or painting a stencil on it – which would you do?

Coastal Desk Makeover with Chalk Paint

Now for the fun part.. checking out everyone elses Chalk Projects! Check out all of my wonderful co-hosts here:
Shani at Sunshine & Munchkins
Anna at Practical and Pretty
Ali at Home Crafts by Ali
Meredith at Southbound Blog (You are here)
Cathy at A Boy and His Mom
Emy at Semigloss Design
Missy at Gypsy Magpie
Christine at Swordfights & Starry Nights
Meg at The Kusi Life
Kim at Creigh~ations
Sarah at Making Joy and Pretty Things
Candice at She’s Crafty

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Hey there! I'm Meredith, a twenty-something home decor, DIY and lifestyle blogger & creator who dreams of living in the sunny south. You can almost always find me with a coffee in my hand, a dog at my side, and a donut in my mouth.


  1. Liv
    July 26, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    this is so cool!!

    • Meredith
      July 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you so much, Liv!

  2. Emily
    July 27, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I love Country Chic chalk paint! We sell it at our store and it seriously is the best. Great color choice too by the way! Such a good pop of color.

    • Meredith
      July 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      It was SO hard to choose just one colour – Country Chic has so many great colours to pick from!

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