This sturdy little secretary desk belongs to my client, Theresa. You may have seen some of my previous posts of her furniture; she has kept me busy this summer! This was a family piece that she wanted freshened up to match her other décor. And look how fresh it is now!
A secretary desk is a little tricky to paint because you really have to remove the inserts and glass from the doors to do a thorough job. Sometimes you also have the cubbies and drawers inside the drop-down desk portion, but thankfully Theresa wanted to leave the interior unpainted.
I’ve only done one other secretary desk, and it also included some blue. This one is from a couple years ago, and went to a young lady setting up her first apartment after college.
Color & Hardware Choices
I absolutely love Theresa’s color choice on this piece! I am a fan of most shades of blue, and this one is so subtle that it is still pretty neutral. At the same time, it makes this desk look a little farmhouse-y, which you know I love as well. The paint I used is Dixie Belle Chalk Mineral paint in Haint Blue.
Theresa wanted new drawer hardware, but was a little overwhelmed by all the choices. So I sent her to the D Lawless website to check out these four different styles. I was rooting for #4, but she selected #2; once they were on, they really won me over. Thank you to D Lawless for providing these high quality and affordable pulls! To match the remaining door hardware and hinges to the new hardware, I spray painted them with Rustoleum oil-rubbed bronze. It was a perfect match.
I was losing daylight when I staged the “after” photo. But the dappled sunlight just adds to the charm, right? I added some white ceramic accessories, along with a couple blue Bell jars to really accentuate the color.
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- secretary desk (client)
- Haint Blue
- Large round brush
- Rustoleum oil rubbed bronze spray paint
- D Lawless pulls
And one last look at how this desk started, and the sky blue transformation it underwent. If you need more ideas, here are some more of my desk projects, and one of them is another shade of blue.
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