Hello, peeps! Welcome to another episode of “painting furniture for my mom“. ;-)
This vintage secretary desk used to be my grandmother’s (or my Mommom as we called her) and now my mom has it in her guest room. The piece has something unique I haven’t seen before with secretary desks; open side shelving. In fact I had always taken it to be a buffet table all this time!
Many years of use and this desk had special “history marks” all over. Lots of the surface was roughed-up with round-rimmed grooves from vases or flower pots and odd things stuck to it – our guess is the summer sun melted some items to it when it sat in their dining room.
Given its condition, my mom had covered it up with a bunch of decor until she could get around to refinishing it. I wish I’d thought to take a “before” picture of it to show just how much stuff she had on it! Just picture it with lots of candles, shells, beachy-looking decor, picture frames, and a lace overlay.
As I have been starting to paint furniture more in the last few months, my mom asked if I could give it the much-needed makeover it deserved.
…So, you know when you’ve been pining to do a certain paint color or design but haven’t been able to find the proper piece for it? And then you come across a random piece and suddenly there’s Morpheus whispering “this is the one”? And you’re super siked?
That was this project!
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When I came over to my folks house I started to inspect the desk, running my hand over its surface, pulling out drawers and scanning it over…
“Hmm, lots of this will need wood filler and hard-core sanding, but the drawer fronts are in great condition, and I love the existing stain color….”
Suddenly my brain snapped into action and I knew this piece was begging to be two-toned, something I’d been wanting to do for a long time! Mom got on-board with the idea and we got down to choosing a paint color for the rest of the desk.
Her guest room has a beachy-cottage feel with lots of blues and grays, so we decided to stay in that color scheme, choosing a light grey from General Finishes called Seagull Gray that would contrast well with the dark stain of the drawers.
…and a top coat was applied to seal and protect, we were left with this…!
LOVE how it turned out!
Now guests will have a statement piece in their room when they come over, and mom doesn’t have to hide every bit of surface with lace and nick-knacks. ;)
Do you have any projects you’ve been waiting to do with the right piece?