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A Turquoise Desk For My White Room

The first colorful piece for my white room is in place. I got the desk painted, and I must say I love this color!

White room, turquoise desk

I painted it a turquoisey blue color called Harbor by Behr.

Paint color: Harbor by Behr (from Home Depot)

(By the way, if you’d like to know how to paint furniture with a brush and get a near flawless, brushstroke-free finish, you can see my tutorial on how to paint cabinets with a brush. I use the same exact process for furniture that I use for cabinets.)

If you’ll remember from the picture last week, I had started painting the desk with Chalk Paint in the color called Barcelona.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Barcelona on a desk

If you know me at all, you know that I love, love, love orange. But once the plan for this room started to come together in my head, the orange desk just really felt out of place. Orange might make an appearance in small bits here and there, but it won’t be on any major piece in the room. Instead, I’ll be taking my color cues from the fabric that I used as the shower curtain in the adjoining bathroom.

Tiny condo bathroom makeover

I’ll be using blues, aquas, greens, and yellows for the most part. So the new desk color will blend nicely.

Turquoise desk

When I chose the color, I thought it was going to be very similar to the color of the cabinets in my kitchen and breakfast room. But it’s actually quite a bit brighter and bluer than the Hallowed Hush that I used on the cabinets. I didn’t realize how much green my cabinet color had, but you can see the two colors here. The shelf is one that I had in the living room before I built the bookcase, and it’s painted with the kitchen cabinet color.

turquoise desk 5

I didn’t want to use the original drawer pulls on the desk, and just as I was about to leave for Home Depot to pick up some new ones yesterday, I decided that I’d rather get some really cute ones from Hobby Lobby, which of course is closed on Sunday. So I’ll head there today to see if they have some perfect little pulls for my new turquoisey blue desk.

On the window, I’ll be using the green and white zigzag fabric that I bought…well…two years ago. 😀

Turquoise desk, green and white chevron fabric for curtains

I know, I know. Chevron is sooooo 2011!! Oh well. It’s what I have, and I’d rather not spend more money on more fabric for a condo that we’re selling. So it’ll have to do. And honestly, I still really like it, and I think it’ll look fantastic in my white room.

Turquoise desk, green and white chevron fabric for curtains

And I’ll finally be able to write that tutorial on how to make simple lined, pinch pleated drapery panels that I’ve been promising for a very long time now (probably since I bought this fabric two years ago!!). 😀

In addition to the desk, a lot more was accomplished this weekend. My mom and brother came over Friday and Saturday to help me get stuff done, and we worked hard!! The last flat hollow core door was replaced with a new six panel door, the closet was painted, closet door painted, the new door and trim was painted, the back of the bathroom door was painted, the window sill was cleaned, primed, sanded, and painted, the inside of cabinets were painted.

I mean, we got sooo much done! But sadly, it’s the kind of stuff that makes for really boring blog posts. 😀 But even still, it feels good to see that much get done over two days, and I’m so thankful that they came to help me.



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  1. Love that color and so glad to see the green fabric making an appearance again! Who cares that you bought it two years ago? It still looks great, especially with the blue and white.

  2. Long time follower, first time commenter. Kristi, that colour is gorgeous and I will definitely steal it for my night-stand makeover. The kitchen cabinets look almost sage compared to it – still a lovely colour, just different.

    A giant thank-you for posting. Knowing you can make your house beautiful and make any ugly piece or dated bathroom into exactly what you want is so empowering, and you use all my favourite colours (pardon the spelling, I’m Canadian).

  3. I have been following your blog for a while, and I just love what you do, and more importantly, how you do it! Your condo is coming together beautifully and the decor is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing and giving ideas.

  4. I know just what you mean about stuff that is boring but must be done. People will ask how much I’ve accomplished at my fixer upper and I’ll say a lot but not stuff you can actually see. . . That is wonderful that you have help from family on both sides Kristi. Many hands make light work (or whatever that saying is). I’m sure the condo will go in a flash when you list it.

  5. Boring? To who?? You don’t have to write about it, but post those upgraded items for us to see! And send your mom and brother to Gilmer when you’re done with them. I need some help…
    Desk is great, and the flow into the bathroom is going to work out perfectly.

  6. Ooooooo…I have a desk just like this one that I have been itching to paint. I am wavering between black and light pink…. hmmm

  7. PLEASE make sure to give us a complete tour of the condo before you move out!!
    I look forward to your posts!

  8. The desk looks great! And I love the chevron fabric – 2011 or not. I am also extremely excited for a pinch pleated drape tutorial. I am obsessed with them but have yet to find any that aren’t mega bucks and also work with what I see in my mind. Thanks!!

  9. I hate to see the orange go, but I totally understand and white and blue together? Bam! It’s a great combo. Can’t wait to see the finished product and the video.

  10. Love the colour you chose for the desk. I like orange as well but the blue will make the two spaces work together. Looking forwards to seeing the room put together as well as the whole condo tour.

  11. Did you find the perfect knobs at Hobby Lobby? I found knobs that matched my desk perfectly, even the same color! They have wonderful accessories 🙂

    1. I did buy some cute little orange knobs at Hobby Lobby. I’m not sure that I love them for the desk, but they’ll do for now. 🙂 I do love the assortment and selection of cute knobs at Hobby Lobby. I felt like I could have spent several hours looking through them and dreaming of uses for them!