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paint a Vintage Student Desk with Colorantic | Chalk paint

How to paint a school desk with Colorantic chalk paint?

Paint with Colorantic chalk paint.

No doubt you, like me, are nostalgic for the days when we went back to school with our backpacks full of books and our heads full of dreams!

To relive these memorable moments in our lives, I’d like to invite you to dip your nose in for a few hours with this desk. Painted with Colorantic chalk paint. You’ll be charmed by this playful, colorful school desk that’s so easy to make.

Now to your paintbrushes and let’s relive those joyful moments together!!!!

List of products used


  • Firstly, as with any painting project, it’s vital to prepare the surface of our furniture properly. In this case, as the old varnish used on this piece of furniture was water-based, I was able to do a simple sanding and a quick clean-up with Colorantic Cleansing Make-up Remover.
  • Then, thanks to the exceptional hold of this chalk paint, I went straight to the painting stage.
  • That’s when I used the color Apple Orchard for the top of the desk and Corde à Linge for the legs. The inside of the lid has been painted with Nuit paint to create a chalkboard effect. Because yes! It’s easy to make a functional chalkboard with Colorantic chalk paint! I’ll be happy to explain this technique in more detail in one of my next articles.
  • After applying two coats of the above colors (Apple Orchard, Clothesline and Night). I continued my quest for the perfect little desk with Cloud White Glaze and Chocolate Cake Glaze. Then, using a soft, clean cloth, I applied an aged effect to the legs and edges of the cabinet, following the grain of the wood. This technique had the effect of adding a few years to a desk that seemed too flashy for my taste.

The almost final touch

Then, after letting the whole desk dry for a few hours. I decided to add a bit of fun to the whole thing by making a weighted pattern on the lid and sides. To make this pattern, I used the color Boule de Coton, which I applied with a simple cork. Again, I recommend two coats of this paint for a brighter finish.

A few hours of drying later and we’ve reached our final stage: Matte Varnish! For maximum solidity, varnish seems appropriate for this project, given that, restored in this way, many little hands will still be able to tinker on this school desk. Maximum strength = 3 layers!


I can already hear you saying ”yes, but what was the purpose of the white chalk that was inscribed in the materials used? It’s used to activate your blackboard inside the cabinet. What to do? It’s quite simple. Simply run the chalk lightly over the entire surface of the board, then gently wipe off the excess with a clean cloth. This chalk dust will blend in with the existing chalk in the Colorantic paint and you’ll be able to write on your new board with no problem!

There you go! Now you’re ready to go back to school, or at least to recall all the great memories and experiences you’ve had there!

I hope from the bottom of my heart that this project has made you smile and dream, because that’s often the case when I use this chalk paint for my projects, the colors are so inspiring!


Artist and Sales Assistant at Colorantic

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