This post is sponsored by Plaid Crafts, but all words and opinions are my own.
A few months ago you may have seen my debuted new sunroom makeover. The room has a great rich feel and I used blues and greens for accents throughout the space. This month, especially with school right around the corner, I was offered a really cool vintage school desk from a friend on my husband’s baseball team. I gladly accepted it, knowing that I could always use it for something…and something I did! Today I wanted to share with you how I took a basic, simple school desk and did this fun Vintage School Desk Makeover that perfectly coordinates with my sunroom AND because of the new Waverly Inspirations line from Plaid at Walmart, I didn’t have to waste any time at all finding the perfect coordinating paint and fabric for my space!!
This new line includes designs and colors are inspired by Waverly Inspirations Fabrics, exclusive to Walmart, and the collection includes paints for home décor accents and fabric, stencils, brushes, tools, and surfaces.
The available paint includes different formulas, including Chalk, Super Premium and High Gloss. I was using the super premium and high gloss paints for this project.
Don’t you just LOVE the colorful new packaging? I thought it had a really fun, homey feel and I love that the NEW, clear bottle with wide-mouth opening allows paint color to show and allows you to dip your brush right in the jar!
I also really liked that they had coordinating fabrics to go with your paints, so it takes the guessing out of trying to find those “perfect” shades of paint at the craft store. And the stencils have great colors suggestions on the back, as well, which is another great convenience factor.
So after I figured out my color palette and what I wanted to do with these awesome new Waverly Inspirations products, I got started on my desk!
Here’s the before:
Pretty basic, boring desk right? Let’s see what I did to accomplish the after….
Waverly Inspirations Base Coat Brushes
Waverly Inspirations Stencil Brushes
“Disc” Waverly Inspirations Stencil
Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Paints in White, Ocean, Peacock, Maize, and Agave
First, I started by cleaning off my desk with some Soft Scrub. I got all the goo and gunk off of it from years of apparent use.
Next up, I pulled out my large bottle of White Waverly Inspirations Super Premium Paint and got started painting the top of the desk.
I used their super cute Base Coat brush (how fun is that blue handle) for this and I had to be careful to not go over the same area too much because the paint does dry quickly and you don’t want to get it gunked up. I’d suggest applying liberally to one area, using long up and down strokes to cover, and then letting it be…this gives a great coverage and gets rid of any lines in the paint quickly. I ended up doing two coats on the top of the white.
Next up I used the Ocean Super Premium paint and painted half way down the sides. I wanted to add a really fun pop of color to the desk, but didn’t want to take away it’s original color…plus, the gray on the desk totally goes with my project, so why mess up a good thing!?
After my top and sides dried, I got to stenciling the top of the desk. If you’ve never stenciled before, it’s a pretty simple task and this project is a GREAT way for beginner’s to get a hold on their stenciling technique before tackling a large project.
For your stencil, you’ll want to position it in place and then use painter’s tape to tape down all the edges. This ensures the stencil won’t move or gap.
Next, and this is IMPORTANT, dip your Waverly Inspirations Stencil brush (I used the stencil set of brushes for this project) into your first color, then using a paper plate and some paper towel, gently offload the brush of the paint. You don’t want too much paint on the brush while stenciling because it could run under your stencils. So once offloading, you want to gently dab the paint on a little at a time until your stencil is covered completely.
Since I used four colors for this project, I did each color one at a time, then rinsed off my brush and started on the next. Each stencil took me about 15 minutes to complete.
I just wanted to run my stencil across the middle of the desk. So I repositioned it again and got to work a second time. Each time I removed the stencil quickly after completing it.
I’m SO excited about this new Waverly Inspirations line at Walmart. You definitely need to stop by Walmart in store or online and check it out!
Check out these other Waverly Inspiration Projects:
DIY A-Frame Play Tent – The Pretty Life Girls
Vintage Chair Makeover – Petticoat Junktion
Stenciled Canvas Instagram Photo Display – Erin Spain
Stenciled Color Block Clock – Made to be a Momma
Kitchen Accents – One Artsy Mama
Floral Painted Chargers – Flamingo Toes
DIY Wood Crate Bookshelves – Positively Splendid
Early Fall Centerpiece – Cherished Bliss