Dealing with Bleed Through During a Desk Makeover

This is the piece that hurt my back last Monday. I didn’t realize it until the desk was tucked safely inside the garage. I sat down to write blog posts and when I had finished I couldn’t get out of the chair on my own. I’m making lots of progress though and feel much better this week than I felt last week.   I bought this desk a little over a month ago. It came with two other companion pieces. The first piece I finished using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Rust-Oleum Stain. Remember this one?


I didn’t want all the pieces to look like a set so I decided to paint the desk in a different shade of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Old White.

Antique Desk - Zinnser

My best selling pieces at The Pickers Market are painted in shades of white. I suspected this piece would have bleed through given the color of the stain. This is why testing a small area prior to painting the entire piece can save you a lot of time.


  As soon as the first coat of chalk paint dried, my suspicions were confirmed.


I normally wouldn’t prime a piece I’m using chalk paint on I mean that’s one of the perks of the paint, right?

rust-oleum primer

But dealing with bleed through can be tricky so I decided to add a layer of Zinsser primer over the chalk paint. You can find the Zinsser at your local home improvement store.


   Once the primer was dried I continued painting with the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.


I had to use two coats on some spots.


After sanding and distressing the edges a bit with sandpaper, I sealed this desk with a coat of clear furniture paste using a lint free white cloth.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old White

I love this old school hardware.


Can you guys believe summer is almost over and school will be back in session soon?

Old White - Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Many blessings,