Amazing friends, it feels so good to be back to working on my own projects! Last week I shared my newest thrifty haul that I’m calling my Winter haul, and I asked what y’all wanted to see done first as far as furniture goes. It was a toss-up between the secretary desk and the Bombay table, with a couple of requests for the china cabinet. So today, I am starting with the secretary desk since I was excited about that one too!
I’m also joining my Furniture Fixer Upper girls today and they have some fabulous furniture flips of their own to share with you! You’ll find links to their makeovers at the bottom!
I spied this secretary at the Salvation Army for $34:
Except when I saw it at the store, it had these tucked inside:
Is anybody missing a brasier and a pair of mismatched socks?
There was a guy sitting in a chair right near where this was sitting and he said I should probably remove them before taking my photo. I didn’t tell him that I was specifically trying to take a photo of them ha ha.
And here is how this cutie turned out:
So much better! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
Here’s how I transformed this pretty little lady
I started by giving her a good cleaning with Walmart-brand wipes and filling in/sanding any imperfections with wood filler.
I decided to spray paint the organizer inside first since those tiny cubbies would be too hard to reach with a brush:
This is the only black spray paint I had on hand and it was a bit shiny, but it did the job.
Then I painted the rest in Caviar by Dixie Belle:
Caviar is a perfect, true black. I gave it two coats.
For the front of the secretary, I went to look through my stencils and came across a box with four stencils in it that I had ordered probably back in the Summer. I had forgotten all about them!
This stencil was a perfect fit:
I bought the large size. (They have a ton of great stencils!) This is clearly made to be a sign, but there’s no reason why you can use it on furniture too, right?
It took three coats for full coverage. I have used chalk paint in the past to fill in stencils, but craft paint washes off the stencil more easily. I just rinse it in the sink and lay it tacky side up on a paper towel to dry.
And here it is after removing the stencil:
The spray adhesive really helps give it those nice crisp lines. That and the fact that it’s a brand new stencil. I usually fill in the breaks in the stencil, but this time I chose only to fill in the breaks in the bottom row using a liner brush.
Terrible, but not to worry! I removed any loose dust with my shop vac and gave it a final wipe down with a clean soft cloth. Then I followed up with a coat of Clear Coat in Satin by Dixie Belle, applied with a blue sponge applicator. (Back in stock!) You can see it takes care of the chalky look right away:
I gave the inside of my desk two coats of sealer just in case someone wanted to use the inside as an actual desk.
The drawer got a pretty new fabric liner:
Check out how I line my drawers with fabric in the video below:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I found this gorgeous Waverly fabric at Walmart and just had to have it.
And the sides got a little surprise with the addition of this furniture transfer in black and white gingham:
Can you tell I had fun with this makeover??
The addition of the gingham transfer to the drawer sides meant that I needed to paint them white first. I actually used BOSS in white. The rest was painted in Caviar:
The drawer also got brand new glass knobs:
I found these a while back at HomeGoods.
Here is the inside once again before:
Yep, I gave the fronts of those little drawers the transfer treatment as well!
This transfer set comes with two sheets of the gingham and and two sheets of the check with the red in it. You just burnish it onto the surface with the stick provided.
I’d love to be able to offer transfers in my Etsy shop, but after looking into it, Prima only allows retailers to sell online if it is through their actual website. Boo!
You could easily use fabric, napkins, or regular paper applied with matte Mod Podge here instead.
The insides of the drawer got the same floral fabric as the larger drawer…
How cute are those little drawers now??
I added a little white foam dot to either side to prevent the painted surfaces from sticking when the front was closed:
I really enjoyed working on this one!
I hope you enjoyed it too!
Don’t forget to check out what treasures my friends have turned these furniture pieces into:
Want even more furniture transformations? See all of my Furniture Fixer Upper posts in one place HERE!
And that is my first piece from my new Winter Haul complete!!
I’ll meet y’all back here on Tuesday with this cute little box:
UPDATE: See how this plain box looks now HERE!!
Have a fantastic weekend!
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