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DIY Chalkboard Desk Organizer

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Small desktop organizer with drawers painted with red chalkboard paint and labeled with chalkAfter
Small desktop organizer with drawers painted with red chalkboard paint and labeled with chalk After Small desktop organizer with drawers painted with red chalkboard paint and labeled with chalk Before

The tinted chalkboard paint on this desktop organizer makes it easy to label your drawers, so you’ll never have a messy desk again! Here’s how to make it in a few steps.

  1. PREPARE: Setup your workspace in a well-ventilated area and use a drop cloth to protect from overspray. Remove all of the drawers from your organizer before you start painting. Tape off any areas of the frame and drawers that you don’t want to paint.
  2. PRIME: To prime the organizer, first shake your can of Ultra Cover 2x Primer in White for one minute after the mixing ball begins to rattle. Then, holding the can 10-16” away from the surface, spray the frame and drawers in a sweeping motion, slightly overlapping each stroke. Apply two or more light coats of primer a few minutes apart.
  3. PAINT: Stir your can of Chalkboard Tint Base in Fresco Red thoroughly with a stir stick. Then, brush the paint onto the fronts and sides of the drawers, using even brush strokes. Let the paint dry for 2-4 hours, and then apply a second coat. Repeat this step with your Chalkboard Tint Base in Periwinkle, applying two coats to the organizer’s frame.
  4. FINISH: Let the frame and drawers dry separately for three days. This will allow enough time for the chalkboard paint to cure. After three days, rub the side of a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard areas, and then wipe the chalk away with a dry rag or chalk eraser. Now that your chalkboard surfaces are conditioned, your desk organizer is ready for use!