Faye from Farm Life Best Life brought back the antique beauty of this secretary desk by painting it with the color, Cobblestone and adding depth with Antiquing Wax! Keep reading to learn about the entire transformation process.

Even timeless pieces can lose their luster. Time dulls them, use wears them, age can weaken them. Some mending if needed, and a fresh coat of paint can be all you need to breathe new life into a tired piece.

Although standing tall and beautiful when I found ‘her’ — I knew this charming tiger oak secretary desk would benefit positively from a transformation.

tiger wood secretary desk

My transformation process:

  • Removed hardware, and lightly sanded down entire piece ~ to best prepare for chalk paint adhesion
  • Vacuumed and washed ~ certainly necessary before painting any piece of preloved furniture
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Cobblestone’ to the exterior ~ a warm, mid-tone grey that’s perfect for creating both modern and timeless vintage looks
  • Applied 2 coats of Country Chic Paint ‘All-In-One Decor Paint’ in the colour ‘Cheesecake’ to the interior ~ a fantastic off-white that has just the right hint of warmth and colour to it
  • Lightly sanded down entire piece for a buttery smooth and distressed finish ~ for the farmhouse chic look I adore and always strive for
  • Applied Country Chic Paint ‘Antiquing Wax‘ to the entire piece ~ to accentuate the charm, add some aging depth, and for light protection
  • Applied Country Chic Paint ‘Natural Wax‘ ~ to tone down the ‘Antiquing Wax’ as desired, and for additional protection
  • Cleaned and polished original hardware with Brasso Metal Polish, then reinstalled ~ oh how I love when I can maintain original hardware
  • Purchased and installed new hinges ~ at some point over-the-years the originals were replaced with an inadequate size

Add some warm country charm to any desired space in your home with this lovely long-legged antique secretary desk. Moderately sized, with a narrow frame leaving plenty of room for passing by, even with the leaf unfolded. A lovely anchor to jot thank you notes and reminders, for tossing keys, resting handbags, and setting mail. A functional accent piece that is sure to add farmhouse appeal in the perfect nook you choose for it.

grey furniture painted secretary desk - finished

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Faye {Farm Life Best Life}

Hi I’m Faye ~ Farm Wife, Mom, Furniture & Decor Restorer. I have been blessed with a life of simple living, generous loving, and constant learning — my Farm Life Best Life!

My family and I live, love and work on our farm in the heart of Manitoba CANADA — amidst wide-open spaces, cattle grazing and heart-dropping prairie sunsets.

I spend every spare moment I can beg, borrow or steal — restoring and transforming furniture & decor from sad and bleak to farmhouse chic!

Filling OUR home, and creating pieces for YOU with country chic character and sweet imperfections!

Make sure to follow Faye on her blog, Farm Life Best Life. You can also find her on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!


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