Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Secretary Desk

This Sunday started off as usual- waking up early to try and get my family to church on time. We never can seem to make that 9 o'clock time ever since it changed at the beginning of the year. I taught a good lesson to the young women of our church and then I came home to have a delightful nap with my husband and daughter. I woke up with pink eye, a fever, aching body, and a sore throat. So I finished painting a secretary desk a few days ago but having been putting it off until I could get out of bed.

Believe it or not I did not use chalk paint for once, this time I went for milk paint. I used a barn red color, this desk just needed a sophisticated look. I hesitated to use red because I tend to use lighter colors in the summer. I kept the original hardware, it doesn't get better than that. It has tons of neat little drawers and cubbies for storage. I don't have a before picture, but it originally came with shelves attached to the top. They were in horrible condition and weren't going to make the cut.

Milk paint has similar characteristic of chalk paint such as: no priming necessary, matte finish, and easy to distress. It usually is sold in bags as a powder and is mixed with water. A little powder goes a long ways. Once it's mixed it doesn't last so don't make more than you're going to use.

It's great on bare wood but if applied to an already-painted or stained surface you can achieve a peeled, chippy look. Not going for the chippy look? You can add a bonding agent and it will adhere and distress like a pro.

My husband picked up a dresser with some ornate carvings last week and I can't wait until I'm feeling better and can get to work on it!


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  1. so pretty! i love that unique rich color!

  2. holy heck! I think we have the exact same desk!!!!!


    so neat how we did such different things with it. I got ours at Habitat for Humanity Re store and it was in bad shape. Where did you get yours?

    1. Yours looks great, I got my off craigslist.

  3. I love it- Great job. I first started using milk paint back i the 2960's and used it for a long time. The one thing is that ,unlike other paints, you can't strip it off at some point in the future if you put it on bare wood. But I have always loved the sweet softness of the coloration and the way it adheres! Blessings- xo Diana

    1. That's what I've heard. I guess there's no getting it off once it's on:)

  4. Turned out great! I haven't tried milk paint yet.

  5. I haven't tried the milk paint yet but I'm dying to! This turned out really sweet. I'd love for you to post it on my link party at http://www.doodlesandstitches.com/2012/06/fabulous-friday-link-party-5.html Have a great weekend!

  6. Thanks for linking up :)
    It's so pretty. I just pinned it.

  7. I've gone through and checked out a few of your posts as well as this one. You do such beautiful work. I especially loved the green and blue piece you did a few posts back. That really was some nice layering, and glazing and the end result was truly a work of art. Found you at Doodles and Stitches. Hope you are feeling better soon.

  8. I haven't tried milk paint yet either, but read all about it a Miss Mustard Seeds site. I am currently painting my second piece with CeCe Cauldwell's paint and love this too. How to choose?

    With so many choices; I guess I will be choosing the kind of paint depending on the finished look I want!

    LOVE this secretary - a great job!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna

  9. Very Beautiful work you've done. It has like a copper color tone that enhances the piece. I love it.

  10. I love it!!!!! I love the color. I really need to get some milk paint and try it, because I love the chippy look. You did a fantastic job. I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime:) Also, I would love if you could come by and link this up at my Linky party called Rustic Restorations Weekend. http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.com/2012/06/rustic-restorations-weekend-linky-party.html

  11. That is a gorgeous piece. The color is fabulous!

  12. Just beautiful! You are so talented!
    Thank you for sharing!

  13. by the way, where do you buy milkpaint from?
    thank you, Leticia

  14. Hope you are feeling much better by now. Lovely desk. Working on a small table with ASCP myself.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  15. looks so good, I have a weakness for red ;)