Melanie Sutton
Melanie Sutton
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  • Jonesboro, AR
Asked on Jan 16, 2019

How do I change an antique secretary desk?

Dixie Belle Paint CompanyJenni IngramKelli L. Milligan


I have an antique secretary desk that had a bad stain color on it and instead of stripping I, like a dummy painted it a semi gloss white. I hate it and would like to change it without having to go thru a lot of refinish. My other furniture, coffee tables etc. are dark brown but I don’t necessarily have to make the same . I have a navy couch and colorful rug with blue, rust, yellow, beige background. I guess I’m saying I want to streak it with something cool to get the stark white toned way down!! Can’t imagine what I was thinking going white!!! Thanks, Melanie Sutton.

5 answers
  • Nan W.
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Melanie: Take a cruise around this website. I think you'll find an answer.

  • Johnavallance82
    on Jan 16, 2019

    Hello Melanie,

    You could rub it down and then antique wax it which should soften the look. or Use ESP (Easy Surface Preparation) painted on and then use another colour or finish. or maybe use Chalk Paint and either Clear or Antique wax finish. Or use something like Contact or Fabric or Wallpaper/Wrapping paper or Metallic or maybe use the colours in your rug to give you inspiration (Perhaps on the drawer fronts and top? Good luck.

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Jan 16, 2019

    I'm guessing the walls are beige. I'd add navy accents on outside and maybe match the yellow on inside.

  • Jenni Ingram
    on Jan 18, 2019

    How about color washing it with a coordinating color in your space? I have a tutorial for you here:

  • Dixie Belle Paint Company
    on Jan 21, 2019

    Hi Melanie! I can tell you how to fix your secretary desk with Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint :)

    It is super easy to paint with Dixie Belle.

    Step one: Clean with White Lightning

    Step two: If you're concerned with bleed through apply two coats of BOSS

    Step three: Paint one to two coats of Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral Paint

    Step four (optional): Use any of our clear coats or waxes for extra protection or a different style finish

    No sanding required!

    If you ever need help or have any questions you can feel free to call us at 813-909-1962 during business hours. We have a full staff here eager to help you!

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