Kneehole Desk


Blue Desk 2

This small kneehole desk was given a new look for the New Year with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint®. Louis Blue was mixed with varying amounts of Pure White to make tints and painted on in layers. I was out of Paris Grey so I added a small amount of Graphite to Pure White and used it on the top. Accents were added by dry brushing Pure White on the edges and trim. Silver Leaf Rub and Buff was used on the original brass hardware. Clear Wax Finish.

BlueDesk1 copyIf you have a desk that needs an update, you will want to check out these posts for inspiration, MMS Typewriter,  Secretary Preview,  and  Going Green.

I like Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  for my craft and furniture projects, but for walls nothing compares to Pure & Original Fresco Lime Paint. I love the natural variations of shades and tones the lime creates within one paint color. You have to see how gorgeous it is! Checkout my most recent interior design make overs with Fresco. It can be purchased online at

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P.S  Pure and Original also makes a chalk based paint called Classico in 140 colors! Its amazing too!





Leslie Stocker

I know it does look more glossy than usual , maybe it’s the lighting although I did put a few coats of clear wax and buffed it when it was dry:)


I love this piece. Did you just dry brush the white into the graphite? What did you seal the too with. I’m about to do my first big pieces and want the tips sealed with more than wax.


Beautiful! how did you get the layering look to it? If You have a video on how to I would love to have the link


Hi!! This looks fantastic. It is exactly the look I want to do on my antique desk. How many coats of paint did you do? And for the look, you just mixed small amounts together, used it up, then mixed another small batch of similar but not exact proportions? I would love as much detail on your process as possible. I have another piece in my office that is graphite with white brushed on the edges… And I think this would compliment it perfectly. Im just not sure how you got the look. =)

Terri Castleman

Leslie, I just wanted to say thank you for all you do especially for those of us who are novices. It’s nice to see your beautiful work with hands on instructions without charging for your talent. I have the Annie Sloan books and use them quite frequently, but your blog seems to bring it home with the how to as well as using colors. Again, thank you for sharing your talent with us who follow you at no charge.


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