Blended Secretary Desk Makeover

9 Materials
3 Hours

You need to see this blended secretary desk makeover! So you want to learn how to blend paint? Do you want to layer transfers? You need to see this transformation!

Before the Makeover

I found the secretary desk in Luxembourg at a second hand store. I knew she could be so much more!

Prepping Your Wooden Furniture

For this secretary desk I removed all of the hardware. I removed the front desk panel door also. There was a leather material on the inside that was not in great shape. I decided that it needed to go.

Blending Chalk Paint on the Secretary Desk

Okay so I know I have told you a million times in my blog posts that it is hard for me to explain the actual process of blending. For this kind of blending it is more simple and I will do my best to explain.

First step is to start with two coats of paint, I chose Haint Blue. Once that is dry, I used the In the Navy to outline all the areas I wanted a shading effect on. I then butted the Bunker Hill Blue (BHB) up against that and filled the rest of the area with BHB. I made sure those colors all had two coats. For the lighter areas I painted a small layer of Haint Blue on top of the other two colors in the center.

Next is the actual blending, you want to overlap colors using different motions like circles, sideways, up and down and diagonal while using a light spritz of water.

Don't worry I also have a video for you :)

YouTube Video
Layering Decor Transfers

I always wait 24 hours to apply decor transfers to my furniture. I used masking tape to "dry fit" the transfers while they were still attached to their protective backing paper. Once I was happy with the placement I applied the  Ruby Rose  transfer first. Afterwards, I applied the  Flower Collector  transfer. Then I sealed with Dixie Belle's satin clear coat.

Final Product

You have to check out the final product !! Let me know what you think in the comments :) 

Thanks for hanging out with me ❤️❤️❤️

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Frequently asked questions

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  • Joanne Bilodeau Joanne Bilodeau on Oct 16, 2020

    Two sets of pictures are showing the piece in two totally different hues. On tje one set of pictures, the piece is navy blue but on the other set of pictures and in the video, the piece looks more like like a Cobalt blue. Which "look" is actually the one achieved with those paints ?? Navy or Cobalt ?

  • Lori Ward-Laatsch Lori Ward-Laatsch on Oct 01, 2021

    What is your thoughts on the inside, sides of the drawers. When you pull them out is what I mean. I see some that people have decoupaged or papered on something, instead of bare wood. My DIL and I are working on some projects and I think we should do something but that means more dollars. Nice job on the desk love it.

  • Dol524768 Dol524768 on Oct 10, 2021

    What did you clean it with or prep it with?


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  • Melinda Record Melinda Record on Oct 10, 2021

    Absolutely gorgeous ~ such detail and beauty ~ terrific transformation. You're quite talented ... Thank you for sharing AND inspiring! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

  • Sam Sam on Oct 12, 2021

    just curious, how come everyone is choosing blue to go w these days? i think a darker color would be more versatile and usable in dif rooms...