When I set out to make the IKEA furniture for my mini craft room I decided to make them gray which was one of the IKEA color choices. I thought this would be a good project to try out chalk paint.
Upon seeing the choices at the craft store, I just wasn’t sure. The chalk paint colors seemed too dark or too light. I diverted from my instinct and brought home the gray weathering medium I showed you before, which didn’t work out. My experiments with the products I had on hand led me purchase some gray oil-based stain. It went on well and then I assembled all the pieces for the IKEA Vebjorn desk.
There was one problem. The assembled pieces looked darker than my vision. I lightened some samples using straw-colored stain that I had on hand. That wasn’t right either, so I went back to Google to research the color options. That led me back to the craft store for Parisian Grey chalk paint. I tried it out on some scraps and found that it went on smoothly and covered well. And it was closer to my vision.
I exaggerated, there weren’t 50 shades, only seven. Parisian Grey it is. I was hoping to use a color straight from the container.
Once the color was resolved I started on the drawers. I cut and glued everything except the fronts. Then, to make the tiny routed edge on the drawer fronts I glued on a piece of card stock that is a bit smaller, and painted them.
Chalk paint requires a coat of wax to give the finish a subtle sheen. That also warmed up the color a bit. I designed the label holder drawer pulls from card stock and cut them using my Cameo 4 and then painted them with a silver Sharpie. The wax repelled the Weldbond that I tried first, so I had to go with a CA glue.
I finished the desk top with three coats of shellac and two coats of the same wax. This will be a good start to furnishing the craft room.
You know how much I enjoy our local miniatures club. Well, I offered to write an article for American Miniaturist about it. When I received the issue I was blown away at the cover. This artist is amazing!