Antique Secretary Desk- Before and After

This was a custom piece I upcycled for a friend and I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I used Maison Blanche chalk paint to redo this antique secretary desk.

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This unique piece came in two separate parts, so it was easy to take apart and paint.  I knew immediately this piece had potential!  The owner found it on craig’s list and brought it straight over.  It was in great condition!

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One huge benefit to chalk paint is that you don’t have to sand the piece down before you paint!  I cleaned it really good, but did NOT sand at all before painting.  After one coat of chalk paint, it had quite a bit of coverage.

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After one more coat of paint, it was ready to be distressed.  Here’s a picture of right after I started to rough it up!

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Usually I would sand by hand, but this paint was a little thicker than the brand of chalk paint I usually use and it took forever to get through the layers of paint.  My electric sander was a more efficient tool for this project!

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I really wanted the wood to show through because this gal also owns another piece I did and it needed to match.

 Remember this little guy?  Won’t they coordinate so well together? IMG_0927

This picture was taken in the middle of applying a soft wax:

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You can visibly see the areas that need a second coat of wax.  I put two coats of wax on it over the course of a couple days.  The wax makes all the difference in the texture of the piece.

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This will look perfect in any home, plus it has so much storage!

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Originally she wanted to order new hardware but I talked her into letting me put the original hardware back on because it adds so much character.  What do you think?

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    • says

      Hey Ashley! I used the CeCe Caldwell Clear Wax for this project. CeCe Caldwell is usually the brand of paint I use, but the wax worked well with the Maison Blanche paint as well. The wax protects the surface from nicks and gives it a smooth look with a little shine. Chalk paint leaves a very porous surface so you want to seal it with wax! I rub it on with a lint free cloth. Less is more with wax!!

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