After recently finishing my desk, I quickly realized that it was sad and empty. I like clean, uncluttered spaces, but I definitely needed a few accessories, one of which was a pen/pencil holder. I’m not using a digital planner, and I have a certain affinity for putting pen to paper. Virtual to-do lists and schedules just don’t do it for me.
I was wandering around my local Michaels last weekend looking for something I could work with. I’d originally wanted to use something like a jar or old cup, but I ended up coming home with a medium-sized clay pot for .65 cents (originally $1.29, but I used a 50% off coupon–always search for a Michaels coupon before buying!).
I’d planned to use some Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Yesteryear (see all colors here), which I already had handy for the desk. I picked up some Krylon metallic silver spray paint to supplement the chalk paint base.
Step #1: I gave the entire pot a coat of chalk paint. If you paint carefully, you’ll probably only need one coat.
Step #2: The next morning, when I was sure the chalk paint was dry, I whipped out my FrogTape (you can also just use regular painter’s tape) and tried out a few designs. The photo below shows how much tape I wasted trying designs. That’s okay–FrogTape won’t mess up the chalk paint base if it’s nice and dry, so just keep trying out designs until you’re happy.
Since you’re going to spray paint this, remember that the area NOT taped will be colored with the spray paint. That’s kind of obvious, but it’s easy to forget when you’re visualizing how your design will look.
Step #3: After I was sure that the tape was securely fixed where I wanted it to be, I took it downstairs to spray paint. Make sure you spray paint in a well-ventilated or uninhabited area. Since I’m in an apartment, I brought a drop cloth down to our garage and did a quick paint job there. My spray paint says to wait two hours before handling, so I waited two hours before removing the FrogTape. When I did, it looked like this:
And when I removed all of the tape, it looked like this. I love how the pattern continues on the inside of pot.
And the final product. It’s a nice accessory for my new desk, it’s practical, and it was super easy to make.
See more DIY here.