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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Project Reveal

Sunday, June 12, 2011

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This is a 1930's secretary desk that was in decent shape but was  rejected by the consignment store because they are apparently a dime a dozen.  I broke it in the transformation process....more on that later.  So here's how it looked -- not bad, but a little boring and didn't fit my style anymore:


I used a mix of Graphite and Old White, maybe a 3:1 ratio.  

As you can see, I also broke the trellis inset two seconds in.  Oh well.  Solution?  Tear it all out and pretend it was never there.


Here it is with a full coat of paint:


Next, the sanding to reveal the wood underneath:



I wasn't in love with it it yet, so I brought it in and lived with it for a few days.  I eventually decided to add Gold Leaf Rub n' Buff over the sanded parts:


I finished it with new hardware and a coat of clear wax, and here it is now:







What do you think?  I'm very, very happy with it. I intended it to be a little darker so there would be more contrast with the walls, but I do really like this color.

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Michell @ Girl In Air said...

Oh LOVE it! Amazing Job! I just got some Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and I paint 2 pieces yesterday and I'm IN LOVE with this paint and the waxes.....

Red Door Home said...

A fabulous transforamation!

The enchanted home said...

You aren't kidding with the eye candy part, and your secretary is included! I love what you did, you had great vision to see it that way..it was brave but so worth the risk, love the color and the gold rubbed edges were a perfect finishing touch...beauitful!
Now those French pictures made me drool...right up my alley, some already in my files and am adding a few new ones...gorgeous!
Stop by for an amazing giveaway..a Kilim bench, its beautiful!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

This secretary came out tremendous! No eye candy necessary! I guess they are a dime a dozen, because I have one and it has been on the list for a paint job for awhile. The trellised area on the doors presents a problem because it is covered in nailed on molding...no wonder it broke off. I was not sure how to handle it, as the interior will still show brown wood when the doors are opened. Your mistake led to a good solution. I think the color is elegant in your dining room. You can use it as a little bar for parties!

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

What a great before and after! I like that it is similar to the wall color. Love the french inspiration images. that gray velvet tufted sofa looks heavenly!

Anonymous said...

Not bad at it girl!! DIY Diva is your new name!!! I luv it!! Come on over and do mine pleazzzeee!!! Also drooled over the French Provensal style. Some of them on my pinboards but I'm eyeing a few more here in your post!

Veronica
www.tasselsandtwigs.blogspot.com

Aimee @ The Stylish Nest said...

What a transformation. It looks so great in the room too!

The Decorating Diva said...

Great transformation, aren't you glad the consignment shop wouldn't take it?
Now, I would stencil your walls with an oversize damask pattern with the same colour paint in a different sheen!

MELANIE said...

Beautiful job...Im a huge fan of Annie Sloans Chalk Paint. Great transformation.

MJ
Lucky 7 Design

A Country-ish Mom To 5 said...

Love it - looks incredible!

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Brenda Watts said...

Sorry about the first post...new to this, what I meant to say is ..It is beautiful, I love the color and the gold is a wonderful touch..I would very much call you a 'real DIY'er'...great job...your room is fantastic.

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

LOVE how you finished it off. Something I noticed about the French Provensal style is the walls and the furniture blend rather then have high contrast...I love that so soothing to your senses. I would love the french look to my bedroom soothing nothing over powering yet elegant....one can dream!

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

love the color and the distressing it turned out beautiful!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love how it turned out! The distressing is fabulous, I'd be so scared to do this to one of my wooden pieces...but hey, who knows, maybe I'll try it one day! Thanks for sharing it. Lots of hugs. FABBY

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Great great job. I recently did a china cabinet like this and broke the glass trying to put that trellis insert back in after I painted it. Dying to try the Anne Sloan paint!

Tootsie said...

awesome!!!!! this is right up my alley! I am a new follower from the dittle dattle hop...hope you will pop over soon! I do furniture/decorating etc and I garden!

Sarah Gibbs said...

Its beautiful I love what you have done to it the colour is pretty really ompliments the piece. Some gorgeous inspirational images

Scribbler said...

What you did with the old secretary is just wonderful. I have looked everywhere for such a piece for the MBR, but if they are a dime a dozen, I can't find one at the price I am willing to pay (not much). I have just bought Old White and Graphite, thinking I would try mixing some to get that grey, and I am so glad you did it first, because now I can see how it looks!

the cape on the corner said...

that looks amazing, and it's perfect in your space.

1 Funky Woman said...

I still cannot believe the consignment store passed on that amazing piece. I never see them in our stores and I would nab one up if I did!

I just found your blog and now you are my new crush! Love your style and the color on the secretary is amazing. I am in love with gray but still haven't painted anything gray. Love to learn more about the chalk paint. Where do you get it from?

Newest follower and can't wait to see more!

Megan

http://1funkywoman.blogspot.com

Tausha said...

awesome job! I am thinking that I need to get some of this paint!! ASAP!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

Wow, that is a BEAUTIFUL piece of furniture now! I love how you "antiqued" it with the buffing. It's so unique. I actually like it better without the trellis inset; it opens it up a lot more. Great work!

Stopping over from the Amaze Me August party. :)

Stephanie Hillberry said...

I could hardly recognize the finished product from the original! You did such a nice job transforming it, and I definitely think the gold leaf was the perfect touch. For some reason it reminds me of Jefferson's estate at Monticello. Maybe because he was a francophile too!

Warmly,
Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

Two Thirty FIve Designs said...

Absolutely love it!!! Fantastic Job!!

time worn interiors said...

Your transformation job is fabulous! Love the other photos as well!
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Julia Miller said...

Love, love, love it:) Great piece and isn't chalk paint amazing! I'm a new follower at 551eastdesign.blogspot.com

poindextr said...

really nice job - I like the gold highlights, it really adds to the overall look of your finish. The secretary looks wonderful in your home and you know - I don't even miss those window trellis pieces! Seems more like a china hutch without them. Less like a secretary/bookshelf. Thanks for sharing :) Diane @ home sweet homemade

Marigene said...

Gorgeous piece of furniture...I like it so much better without the window trellis.

Deana said...

great transformation!! if you like to "party" I hope you'll stop by and join in on my blog party too!

Kim said...

Love it Stacy! Especially with your wall color - sheer perfection.
Thanks for the eye candy. Have an awesome weekend.
xoxo,
Kim

judi said...

that desk is over the top gorgeous! i love the color you chose. i was just thinking of using grey on some tongue n groove wood paneling to liven up a small room...i think i've found the perfect color!
judi
the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link this and more up to my linky party that runs Friday evening through Sunday night. You can find the button for the party at http://www.bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/

Our last party, the first ever, had over 300 links so this week there will be a special give away just for linkers, hope to see you soon.

Come strut your stuff!

{nifty thrifty things} said...

Great job!! Love it!
Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see you again this weekend!
xoxo,
Vanessa

Counting Your Blessings said...

I actually like it better without the trellis inset. It turned out gorgeous!!

Blessings... Polly

Chandeen @ Designed by Chance said...

I just wanted to tell you I love what you did and I love the eye candy. You might have just found my true style right now. I love every one of those pictures. Now I have to find you on pinterest.

D+B said...

Love your blog!! Its so cute!!! I am your newest follower!!! i would love to feature you on my blog. so let me know!! :) So if you would like to go and check out my blog and follow me too! That would make my day!!! :) I am so excited to start blogging and share my ideas on food, crafts, and mineral make-up. I will also be doing giveaways on stuff, like mineral make-up. So look out for it!
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Diann said...

Beautiful redo! And gorgeous inspiration photos! thank you for joining TTF. Have a lovely weekend!

Debra said...

Oh my goodness, your secretary project is just fabulous! what a wonderful transformation. Thanks so much for linking up with VIF!
xo Debra

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh such a gorgeous piece!!! I adore the finished product and love the inspiration pics you shared too!! SHaring this on FB~thanks for sharing at FNF :)

Terry said...

I just tried my first and second project with Annie Sloan paint and so far I really like it. Your project turned out stunning and funny thing is with the broken trellis gone, it modernized it. Great post and even better outcome.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Linda you are so inspirational. I have not had the nerve to redo furniture but now I think I may give it a try. What you did with the Secretary Desk is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing!

Paula of Ivy & Elephants
ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

gorgeous! i absolutely love the color you achieved! off to check out the rest of your blog!

Kay Ellen said...

I love that paint and your pretty desk :)

Still trying to hunt down the sloan paint to purchase in my area~~curious how much paint do you actually use on the secretary?

Very nice to meet you!

Kay Ellen

oneshabbychick said...

Hi there! Love what you did with your secretary - beautiful result! and your taste in French rooms ;-} Following along with your blog and Pinterest now... Best to you, oneshabbychick

stefanie said...

oh, you did an amazing job!!! its gorgeous!!!

Deborah March said...

FABULOUS transformation!

Maggie said...

Stacy, thank you so much for participating in our linking party this week, you are featured at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/06/beautiful-furniture-redo-pop-up-cards.html
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Vicki said...

Beautiful!!!!!

Karima said...

Hi now google and network and facebook following you, please pop by, Karima x
www.karimascrafts.com

Saw you on Linky, great work you do!

Michelle said...

Beautiful! I just featured you on DIY Thrifty Thursday, thanks for linking up!

Hope to see you again this week! :)

Michelle
www.thrifty101.blogspot.com

Rhinestone Beagle said...

Fantastic transformation. Thanks so much for linking up at last week's party!

Tammy said...

Okay, That was an awesome oops. I love it without that wood on the doors. It really looks fantastic in your home! Good job. A dime a dozen...really?

Ginger said...

Such pretty inspiration! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Jen @ Little Miss Penny Wenny said...

Found you through the feature on Under the Table... obsessed with this piece of furniture! Can't believe this beauty was neglected. I love how you added the finnial on top, and I think it actually looks so much better without the trellis in front. Great job! I love how it is monochromatic with the walls. GORGEOUS!

Chrissie said...

I absolutely love what you have done with this piece. I would have never thought of the gold around the edges but it looks amazing!

Victoria S. said...

Looks fabulous! I love how it compliments the grey wall color.

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High Falootin' Junk said...

I just found your blog from the pic of your secretary on Pintrest. I love the way it turned out. I your blog is great! Glad I found it.

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The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

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Heidi said...

Hi! I have been looking up Annie Sloan chalk paint and found your blog. Can you tell me if it is really worth getting? I am starting to think I need to get it. Did you sand this piece at all or just get started? Does the wax basically seal in your color?

Heidi@HomemadeBeautiesByHeidi

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