This unusual antique secretary was going to be thrown out before I got my hands on it! Its such a beautiful piece with so much potential, and I thought I would try to sell it as is. After I got no interest, I decided to paint it! And I’m so glad I did. It was lined with fabric in the back and the bottom doors were missing but I knew it could look awesome!
The drawer opens to reveal a lovely secretary desk inside. I removed the old, peeling leather.
I removed the old paisley fabric from the inside back.
I made my own chalk paint by mixing Valspar’s Tabby Cat Gray and plaster of paris with a little water. I used Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore homemade chalk paint as well for the inside back and shelves, desk area and the lower cabinet.
I heavily distressed the inside back and the outside as well to give it a time worn farmhouse feel.
Finally I waxed the entire piece with Johnson’s Paste Wax and buffed to a sheen.