Stylish Secretary Desk

SAM_0596Really… what an extra special piece!  Can’t believe I got her home with me!  Isn’t she beautiful with all the details?  I couldn’t what to give her some love and a well overdo makeover!

SAM_0543Here’s a couple of “before” photos.

SAM_0549Bottom drawer has a nick out of it but no worries, it will be less noticeable with little paint.

SAM_0587And here she is now!  I’m trying out some new colors in the CeCe Caldwell”s Paint line.  This is Cinco Bayou Moss.  Love the richness of this color.

SAM_0600The top had a few scratches  but overall in good shape so I didn’t want to paint it.  I love the contrast of stain and paint.  I asked my husband to rub on a coat of stain to fill in the imperfections and it turned out beautiful.

SAM_0603Such a cool design for a desk.  Especially good when decorating small spaces.  This would make a great beverage bar too, don’t you think?

SAM_0601I finished her off with clear wax and then a coat of dark aging cream to give her depth.

SAM_0592I couldn’t change the knobs, they are wooden and screw in without going all the way through.  I could have had my husband drill new holes I suppose but decided to paint the existing knobs instead.  I use Cinco Bayou Moss for a base and then topped it off with Virginia Chestnut.  I gently rubbed them with a damp cloth to distress.

SAM_0588I took her down to Furniture Affair in time for REVIVAL ~ a vintage market.  We’ll see how she does!

Remember, you can now purchase all of CeCe Caldwell’s Paints online.  Just click on the blue button in the side bar that reads “Order Paint, Brushes & More“.  You can see all the available colors.  Paint can also be purchased at Furniture Affair in Phoenix and A Mad Hatter’s in Historic Downtown Glendale.


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  1. I am seriously loving this piece. The details are spectacular and I think it comes through more with this piece painted. I like that you left the top stained and the interior. Great job!!


    • Thanks Cynthia…so sweet of you to stop by. I know, aren’t these details fantastic? Love when I can pick up a piece like this. It makes painting so much fun!!! 🙂

  2. Absolutely beautiful! I love the colour. May have to break down and get some Ce Ce Caldwell in that colour.

  3. Bravo! trop joli ce petit secrétaire…bar avec sa nouvelle robe!
    Amicalement, Lydia

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