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,


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  1. Hey CoCo-

    I know that you injured your back moving this desk BUT it is a beauty!! Love the color and I couldn’t agree more about the hardware.

    Thanks for the painting tips:)


    1. Vicki you are so sweet! This piece gave me a fit, thankfully I’m on the mend 🙂 Big hugs lady!

    1. Thanks so much Lynn! I can’t wait to link up to your party next week too!

  2. Oh my! Both the dresser and desk are lovely!

    1. Thanks so much Kate! Just so you know I’m completely in love with your pink ombre shelves 🙂

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