Usually I am a “jump right in and see what happens” kind of person. Reading every word of directions is not something that I do very often.

I skim over them, look at pictures and then jump.

So, with the project of painting our king size bed frame, looming in the near future, I decided that maybe I should at least practice with a similar looking piece we have in our house and see how it turns out.

That practice piece was this desk that sits in the loft bedroom.

Although it looks kind of fancy, it is not. I bought this piece off of Craigslist for $20. The family that was selling it had it listed for quite a while and they needed this piece gone so they didn’t have to move it.

Lucky me.

There is nothing wrong with the desk. It is sturdy and almost scratch free. However it is a very bright and shiny red wood, not to be confused with redwood, and it needed to calm down. (If you are wondering, that isn’t a drawer. The handle on the front is decorative.)

I chose this paint from Rustoleum in the color Aged Gray.

You can see on the front of the can that this chalked paint can be applied to a variety of surfaces.

I took that to mean that it would stick to whatever I put it on, no sanding necessary. That was the selling point I was looking for since I would be working on this piece inside.

I also took a chance and didn’t add any bonding agent. You think I would’ve learned from a previous mistake, but remember the “jump right in…” thing I like to do, well, I jumped right in.

I flipped the table onto it’s top and painted the legs and underneath side first. Where the desk sits now, you can see under it, so that’s why I painted it. Typically I wouldn’t.

After this dries, I will see if I need a second coat or have to start all over and add bonding agent.

I’m thinking I may leave the top as it is. Not painting the top and leaving the exposed wood seems to be a happening trend.

Jump on back here on Thursday for the reveal.

~Wendy