Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
Happy Tuesday you guys and say hello to the first week of April! We had a fun weekend full of sunshine, furniture flips, and enjoying a fun grand opening here in Orlando. More on that later! I want to share with you my most recent furniture makeover with my secretary desk. Many months ago I posted about my Top 5 Vintage Secretary Makeovers. That was when my hunt began to find one of my own.
After several weeks of looking I finally found a secretary desk at an amazing price and it still had the key. This also happened to be over 6 months ago. I remember this because I applied my first coat of paint the night before Oliver arrived. Throw in having a baby, adjusting to this new journey of being a stay at home mom and a work from home mom, and balancing life in general, it took a hot minute to finish this piece! Just take a look at what this secretary desk looked like before:
I hit the ground running with a beautiful mint color for the outside and a crisp white for the inside. Here’s a confession: I re-painted this after not liking my first color! Was it a pain? Yes! Was it worth the 4 coats of paint? Absolutely!
I went with Frosted Jade by Behr for the exterior of the desk. It’s the perfect touch of mint and brings a fresh feel to the living room. It’s seriously dreamy! The great part is that it only took about two coats along with touch ups here and there.
For the inside I went with Linen White by Rust-Oleum. I ended up painting 3 coats of paint to achieve the vibrant white. It was well worth it!
To help protect the paint, I applied a satin polycrylic to both the inside and outside. This secretary desk was a lot of work but I couldn’t be happier with it. Now I just need to find the perfect chair and the cutest accessories for the shelves. I’m also thinking about adding knobs to make it easier to open the doors.
Would you tackle making over a secretary desk? It adds so much character to a space and makes me want to send snail mail more often! I’d love to answer any questions you have. It’s time to go enjoy this rainy Tuesday with a little treasure hunting. Have a great day!
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