Shizzle Design | Antique Desk gets Checkerboard Look using Faux Real Mineral Paints Carbone & Bella
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Antique Desk gets Checkerboard Look using Faux Real Mineral Paints Carbone & Bella

Antique Desk gets Checkerboard Look using Faux Real Mineral Paints Carbone & Bella

Cathy and I grew up in a humble bungalow built by our Great Grandfather.  The entire top floor of the house was a large open space.  The hardwood floors were polished to perfection so of course we had to slide across the floor in our socks ~ didn’t take much to entertain us back then, I guess some things never change.

One of the things we shared in that room was an old desk like the one pictured below.  Ours had a sheet of glass carved and beveled to follow the shape of the top.  It was a great place to display pictures of friends…

This is the only “before” picture of the desk I could find…

antique desk before picture Faux Real chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan hand painted furniture gray white

 We cleaned it up then Cathy gave it a base coat of Faux Real’s Carbone

Carbone - Faux Real Mineral Paint Shizzle Design Michigan retailer medium gray chalk paint

It looked gorgeous in this color but you know us, we had to layer another color over it to Shizzle it up a bit.  For the life of me, I can’t find the pictures I took at this stage.  It was just after my cancer diagnosis last summer and everything from that point on seems to be a blur.

Cath painted over the Carbone with Faux Real’s Bella, a rich creamy white and sat it aside for me to finish when I returned.  I spent the next four months having countless scans, major surgery to remove the cancer and most of my humerus bone in my right arm.  Yes, I’m right-handed.  They rebuilt my arm with bone cement, a large metal rod and plenty of screw.

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Cathy asked me to do the distressing and funk up the drawers a bit and this is what happened next 🙂

antique desk Faux Real leather finish carbone Bella dark wax chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan painted furniture gray white close up 2

I’m not sure what possessed me to do it but I thought it was kind of cool.  You never know though when you set something that’s more taste specific how long it will take to sell so I was taking a chance but…

antique desk Faux Real leather finish carbone Bella dark wax chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan painted furniture gray white sold

The top of the desk had a lot of neat texture which I played up by mixing several metallic mica powders into glaze.  I then layered it again with even more mica powders mixed in with the dark wax.  My personal favorites are Old Town Paints Smoke & Bronze followed by APC’s Pewter, Copper and Black.

I love that crackled weathered-leather look!

antique desk Faux Real leather finish carbone dark wax chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan painted furniture gray white leather top

The desk found a new owner immediately.

antique desk Faux Real leather finish carbone Bella dark wax chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan painted furniture gray white 2

The chair was still there tonight when I brought in a charming shabby chic bow front dresser and super cool re-purposed wine bar.  I can’t wait to share those two projects with you!  For a sneak peek, visit our Facebook Page here.

antique desk and chair Faux Real leather finish carbone dark wax chalk paint Shizzle Design Grand Rapids Michigan painted furniture gray

A hui hou ~ Shelly

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2 Comments
  • Nancy Dudasko
    Posted at 11:02h, 27 February Reply

    Love that desk. I am looking for something like that for my sewing machine.

    • Shelly
      Posted at 15:20h, 09 March Reply

      That would be great!

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