You know the story, The Ugly Duckling?
I’m sure you’ve heard of it.
I couldn’t help but think of this story as I was working on this desk.
It was ugly.
A whole lot of ugly to be exact.
I can’t even explain what they did to it.
It appears they painted it.
I’m not quite sure with what, but it had to be some kind of secret concoction of ugly and more ugly.
And more ugly.
It was caked on so bad that when I removed the drawer pulls I had to get out all kinds of tools just to get it unstuck from the drawer.
Then, once I finally got it off, it left behind a lovely imprint.
I sanded it down, and filled in the holes so I could use a drawer pull with just one screw.
Next, I painted the desk in Annie Sloan’s Coco. I left the inside alone at this point because I wanted to paint it a totally different color from the rest.
I used a stencil and painted a pattern on the front door of the desk.
I painted the drawer Coco as well, measured out where I wanted the new knobs, and drilled a new hole. (I just need to add here that I drilled the hole all by myself. For the first time ever. With no help. I’m just a tad proud.)
Next, I added these beautiful knobs. They are glass knobs with a little bit of turquoise paint in the bottom that reflect throughout the whole pull. I just love them!!
Once the paint from the stencil dried, I put the desk back together.
Have I told you how much I LOVE keyholes?
Have you figured out what color I painted the inside yet?
I’ll give you a clue.
Yep! I painted the inside turquoise. Annie Sloan Provence to be exact.
I painted the little drawer on the inside to match the outside, and added a little Provence to the knob to make it stand out.
Once it was dried, I went over the entire desk with Miss Mustard Seed’s Clear Furniture Wax.
No longer an ugly duckling, but a beautiful swan…. or…secretary desk.
I love it! What do you think?