Hey Y’all!

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?


painted secretary desk

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:

Secretary desk

She wasn’t too hard on the eyes, but I knew she could be better.

secretary desk

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.

 Painted Secretary Desk

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.

Painted Secretary Desk

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).

Painted Secretary Desk

Painted Secretary Desk

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.

Painted Secretary Desk

I did branch out and paint it boxwood green initially, but that did not look good.

At all.

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.

Painted Secretary Desk

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!

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12 Responses to The Secretary Desk Makeover is Complete!

  1. She looks gorgeous! How did you like painting inside all those little cubbies? 🙂

  2. Looks great, Holly! Yea, that would be hard to part with. Looks like it would make a great homework cubby for kiddos.

  3. Carol Lander says:

    Great job. I love the color scheme. What paint did you use? ASCP?

  4. Denise Moore says:

    This turned out gorgeous! I love the color you chose for it. I am way too lazy to paint all of the inside cubies that you did. Bravo!

  5. Kim says:

    Love it and don’t blame you if you keep it. Thanks for sharing at Wow!

  6. Cindy says:

    It looks great! I think you did a fabulous job with your choices of color:) If it were me, I’m not sure I could part with that one!

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