Antique Secretary

 

From this,

To This:

I picked this up from a college student moving out of her apartment – she bought this with plans to paint it but it never even made it into her apartment!  This sweet compact secretary sat in her breezeway collecting mail and dust and now her lease was up and she needed to move on.

I really liked the texture of the wood on this piece and wanted to make sure it was accentuated.  FUSION Homestead Blue has such great coverage that one thin coat was all I needed so it didn’t flatten out the grain.  While you could see the wood texture close up, the color was a bit too uniform for what I was trying to do, so I used FUSION’s antiquing glaze with a little extra Chocolate paint mixed in to darken it up.  Finally, I added a tiny bit of strategic distressing so it didn’t look too new and further accentuated some areas with a bit of black wax.  While I didn’t need to use wax for sealing because FUSION has a built-in topcoat, I wanted some extra depth.  I LOVE how easy this wax is to use and how forgiving the black wax is.

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The interior was papered with some illegible script and a few of the organizers were painted inside with Soapstone to add some interest.

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With the new finish, the original hardware really stands out and makes more of a statement than before.

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