Stacys Secretary Desk

I have a wonderful client, Stacy, who brought me this secretary desk to paint for her. It was previously painted a lovely crap brown, but thank goodness whoever painted it did a great job!


She saw a picture of it on Craig’s List and bought it from the store over the phone… a little dangerous not knowing what kind of shape it was in… but thank goodness it was in good shape and the price was right!

She lives about an hour away so she mailed me her candle holder and pillow case to help pull color inspiration from…


I chose Aubusson Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the exterior and for the interior I made custom mix of ASCP in order to achieve a very beautiful Coral Chalk Paint color (equal parts Emperor’s Silk, Barcelona Orange & Antoinette)


I also added her monogram using transfer paper and black paint pens (SUPER low tech)…


I just LOVE how it came out… now what else can I monogram Laughing out loud


I heavily distressed this piece and I just adore the way the it looks! Check out the bow front drawers!

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After distressing I waxed the desk in clear wax then dark wax to achieve this look.


The original knobs were wood so I replaced the drawer knobs with these great lions head pulls, which I think coordinate perfectly with the feet! The upper knobs are very small so Stacy is going to try and hunt down some small glass ones to replace them, until she finds them these will do as I painted them to match the pulls.


Love me some ball and claw feet!


I still have to reinstall the glass in the upper cabinet, but it is so much easier to take a picture without it so I just left it out for now…

It is still hot and humid here in Virginia which makes sanding down chalk paint a little bit of a bear… but that is all I can complain about with this paint!

I hope you liked the new look for the secretary desk, personally I think she is much happier… blue is definitely her color!

Thanks for stopping by… until next time!!

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  1. I think you did a wonderful shop,I can feel the talent and care you took to make this a wonderful peice. The color you picked…I really like and think the desk I did…I made a mistake and should have done in a blue or turq color…you did a great job and the color for interiour is marvelous.I know the customer will be very happy with the look… to you and think you do great stuff…reason for me to have your posts sent to my email…I think those who do this are telling you….We feel you are talented and you do great stuff and we want to see it ….right away….thank You.Kathryn


  2. It really is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again next Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


  3. My grandparents had one that looked just like this I wish I would have kept it so I could redo it but was young when they moved.


    1. This one was already painted brown (why?) when I got it so I didn’t feel bad painting it… some you find are in great condition though as they are rarely used and are more of a decorative piece. I happen to know my client will be using hers… You can always keep your eye out for a “new” one as most grandmothers would not be happy about someone painting their antique 😉


    1. I mixed Emperor’s Red, Barcelona Orange and Antoinette 1:4:1 ratio to get this color, which pulls to the pink side of Coral. Red & Orange (1:4) pulls more to the orange side but test these to get the color that works best for you! Use an eye dropper and scrap wood… It helps! Have fun!


  4. Lovely! I came across this while looking for color ideas for an early American style secretary with hutch that I am about to paint. Did you paint with coral first on the body? Or is that the original brown that comes through after distressing?


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