Sometimes it is fun just to bring back the memories of past projects…I refinished this secretary desk June 2012 and I kept it myself! I use it as my own desk and I write all my posts sitting at this desk. Here is the post that was originally published June 18, 2012:
Painted and distressed secretary desk
I did not write too much lately but I have been super busy painting, what else? Finally I finished my antique secretary desk, and yes, it was a pretty big job for me. I actually bought her on Craigslist, just a day or two after Christmas. A very good time for furniture bargains! The desk was fairly beat up, the glass was broken and it had been stored in the garage for a while. But, you know, I saw potential and I got her for a good price.
Here is the before picture:
yes, she needed lots of TLC! The first thing I did was replacing the glass doors. It took me some time to figure whether I should paint her or not. But she was not in great shape and I believe the desk would look much better if painted. Soooo next step was to decide what color to paint her (I tried a slate blue on one of the drawers) and I decided on light distressing with wax method. I posted the wax method in my very first post and it is just a no-fail way to distress. I absolutely love it! After sanding and sanding and sanding (that cherry stain is so stubborn) I primed her with Zinsser and also some Kilz. I gave the desk two coats of Valspar Jade, after the two coats I waxed (candle wax) her completely (a bit heavier on the sides) and after that step I gave her two coats of Honeymilk (Valspar) a lovely warm shade of white. The inside of the hutch I just painted in honeymilk. Work in progress:
The final result:
I sanded and stained this part of the desk with Minwax dark walnut stain.
O boy, it was not easy to carry her outside..but hopefully this picture gives a good impression!
I use gold tone rub ‘n buff on the handles, easy does it! After distressing I just put two layers of poly for protection. She is finished and ready to go! (or should I keep her?)