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Chic Secretary Desk Makeover


I absolutely love secretary desks, they're my weakness when it comes to picking furniture! I found this very well loved piece last week, and new it was just calling out for a chic new look.. I've seen this style of desks around a lot; I've probably refinished 6 or 7 of them myself this past year. And every time I do one I think to myself, "why am I doing another secretary desk? It takes forever to paint all of those cubbies on the top, it's such a hassle, etc"; but when I see the end product, I'm in love all over again!
chic secretary desk makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture
chic secretary desk makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture
Here's my "before"....it looks in much better condition in the picture than it actually was...tons of scratches all over the top and drawers, and several broken slivers of wood around the drawer fronts that needed some repair work. Even though she's beautiful in her original state, with all of those flaws, I really felt like painting it was the best option!
chic secretary desk makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture
Fortunately on this piece, the inside part was removable, which made it much easier (although not really any less time consuming) to paint!
chic secretary desk makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture
Love the outside....
chic secretary desk makeover, chalk paint, painted furniture
but the best part is the inside, I never want to close it :-)
I just love the way it turned out, and she's on sale now in my Etsy shop for anyone else who loves it as much as I do!
https://www.etsy.com/listing/193738890/french-linen-vintage-secretary-desk-with?ref=af_shop_favitem

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  • Lynn5280
    on Jun 23, 2014

    Just lovely. I have a secretary like this....it was my Grandmothers (I'm 73)

  • Crystal
    on Nov 30, 2017

    It turned out very nice !!! Good job 👍🏼
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