I am sitting here enjoying the peace and quiet that comes from everyone being sound asleep in the house. Next week it will be quiet in here for a whole different reason (school) and I’m not sure that I’m ready for that.
Since I’m about to get all emotional on you and tell you how my kids are growing up too fast, let’s just skip the tears and anguish and move on to the reason y’all are here today…the secretary desk makeover!
We can cry later, deal?
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I asked for your opinions? Boy, did I get them. Y’all are so full of creativity and ideas that it was hard to decide which way to go. That might have made it a bit harder for me in the end…lesson learned. 😉
Here she is before:
She wasn’t too hard on the eyes, but I knew she could be better.
I only had one person that suggested to leave her alone and not paint. But honestly, I didn’t love the color of the wood. To my surprise, the wood was very sun damaged. The whole piece had at one point been the color of the inside, but the outside had faded to a creamy tan color.
Now here she is. I’m in love.
I had hoped that the milk paint (trophy by Miss Mustard Seed) that I used on the outside would chip away on the body of it, but with the sun damage it just soaked right in and there is absolutely no chipping or crazing. AT. ALL.
The drawers needed some interest since the body of it was going to be so flat, so I sanded and added a white wash just to give it a little more pizzazz (those would be here jazz hands).
The suggestions that I received for the inside of the piece were wide-ranging. Paint it a grey, paint it white, don’t paint it at all, paint it hot pink or lime green (Shelley–you are a trip). While I can appreciate ALL of those suggestions, once the outside was grey with a white wash, it needed a white on the inside.
I did branch out and paint it boxwood green initially, but that did not look good.
It was really bad.
I think it would have been great if the outside was a dark grey or graphite. But the light grey needed a light color inside.
So there she in in all of her glory. I’ve already had someone hint at wanting to purchase her. Not sure if I’ll part with her or not.
But if she goes, she will be waving her jazz hands as we load her up.
Thank you for all of your input, it was fun interacting with y’all!