Secretary Desk Makeover

If you remember my post from several weeks ago, I am in the process of redoing one of our guest bedrooms. Just a minor switch-up from 'Safari Theme' to 'Eclectic French Country' big deal. At the rate I'm going, I'm sure next month you'll be reading my post about my new 'Hollywood Glam' guest bedroom makeover! Anyways, I can proudly say that with the completion of this piece, I am now one step closer to the makeover being complete.

I found this desk on Craigslist for $50. However, it was a bit beat up when I bought it, and I'm pretty sure Kyle and I added some new dings and scratches to it as we struggled to carry it down three flights of stairs from the lady's apartment. Not to mention the fact that I decided to pick it up on a night that was 4 degrees and snowing (that's called dedication)...and somehow on the ride from our place to her apartment I managed to loose my gloves (not one of my smartest moves)...or that when we went to put the desk in our SUV we learned the back seat was busted and wouldn't fold down (somehow this was all my fault). Basically the night had 'disaster' written all over it. So when I set out to refinish this piece I was determined to prove to myself (and maybe Kyle) that that dreadful night was all worth it in the end. 

Here is the Before picture. It was in need of a deep cleaning as well as some repairs. The front of the top drawer was off and the shelves on top were missing. With a couple trips to Home Depot I was able to get this piece functioning again.

After contemplating several color options I went with Annie Sloan's Primer Red. It's a deep red shade that looks great complimented with dark wax. So after a couple coats of paint, I lightly distressed the piece and finished it off with a coat of clear wax and dark wax.


I love the rich color. It really creates a focal point for the room.

Because there is so much detail in the piece, I wanted to keep the finish pretty simple as not to compete with the craftsmanship of the desk.

I was able to keep all the original hardware. However I painted the drawer pulls in Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze.

I thought this piece was an ideal spot to show off some old photos.

Although I like the look of the desk both ways, I think I'll most likely keep it open. Here is a view of what it looks like closed.


Now that this piece is finished, I'm anxious to get the rest of the room completed. I'll be sure to share the room makeover with you once it's all done. 

So...moment of truth...did the finished product make up for that disaster of an evening picking this piece up? You tell me!!!