I haven’t done a furniture makeover in so long. And when the weather finally turned and I felt like opening the garage, I was ready to tackle this little secretary desk that I have had in the garage for over a year now, can you believe it?
I bought it at a local auction and fell in love with it’s small scale and skinny legs. It is really really old!
The back of the desk fell apart while transporting it but I was able to salvage the company’s label:
Check out this link HERE to the Cron-Kills Company catalog from 1905!
I originally wanted to strip the many different paint layers but quickly realized that just staining it wouldn’t be an option. After all I didn’t have the back to it anymore either.
I kept the flimsy desk slots but opted to not attach them for now because I feel like it gives you more room this way for modern day items like laptops. In the good old days those slots where for when people actually wrote letters instead of emails.
The desk was stripped, sanded and then the outside got a coat of Annie Sloan Aubusson Chalk Paint and the inside got Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink, lightly distressed with a final coat of clear wax. You could use some darker wax for a more antique look but I love seeing the shades of the colors.
And I have been drawn to the blue and salmon/pink color combo.
And here are all the after photos for this Annie Sloan Secretary Desk Makeover:
It’s a little different from my regular style but I truly love it and the piece will be for sale in my Etsy shop. And you can find the pretty rug HERE.