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Work Hard, Be Kind School Desk

by Beau Ford

Painter in Residence Beau Ford gave this sad and forgotten school desk a complete makeover using Chalk Paint®.

Chevron Work Hard Be Kind Desk by Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Beau Ford painted with Chalk Paint® in English Yellow
Chevron Work Hard Be Kind Desk by Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Beau Ford painted with Chalk Paint® in English Yellow before

After replacing the top and giving the whole desk a quick clean, Beau set to work on the paintwork. First, she painted the base of the desk in Chalk Paint® in English Yellow, then applying Paris Grey as an accent on the feet.

She painted the top of the table in a chevron pattern, using a ruler as a rough guide. She worked with a range of colours to make a bright statement: Barcelona Orange, Scandinavian Pink, English Yellow, Provence, Greek Blue and Napoleonic Blue.

When you lift the lid of the desk you find a charming surprise – the words ‘Work Hard, Be Kind’ written in lovely, freehand type.

Beau used Clear and Dark Chalk Paint® Wax to finish the piece and give the overall piece an aged look.

Chevron Work Hard Be Kind Desk by Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Beau Ford painted with Chalk Paint® in English Yellow
Chevron Work Hard Be Kind Desk by Annie Sloan Painter in Residence Beau Ford painted with Chalk Paint® in English Yellow
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